Buying a family car is a big decision. You want to make sure that all of the passengers are going to feel comfortable, and especially as a parent or guardian, you’re going to want to know that everyone in the vehicle is as safe as possible. In this blog post, we’re going to cover some considerations that you should bear in mind if you’re purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle to accommodate for a child with mobility issues, so that you can make sure that all of your passengers are travelling in comfort.
Buying a WAV is a long-term investment
A wheel chair accessible vehicle allows for a wheelchair user to travel as a passenger without having to transfer from their wheelchair to a passenger seat. As children grow alarmingly fast, the space inside a vehicle is an important thing to bear in mind. Although your child will use a child seat to begin with, it is worth considering purchasing a vehicle that your children will still fit into comfortably a few years down the line! It’s more than possible to purchase a WAV which will remain comfortable, spacious and safe for your child as they grow.
How can I make sure the car’s dimensions are right for my child?
If your child is already using a wheelchair, you should bring them along when you choose your vehicle, not only so that they feel included in the process, but so that you can check that their wheelchair will fit comfortably inside the vehicle. It is important to ensure that your child can travel with comfort in their wheelchair, but also that there’s enough space to store their mobility equipment if they decide to travel in a passenger seat. Another thing to bear in mind regarding your child’s comfort is their sensitivity to temperature. If they are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, it’s definitely worthwhile ensuring that the vehicle you purchase has both air conditioning and all-round heating, so they’ll be comfortable no matter the season.
Are there any additional safety features that I should bear in mind?
As a general observation, and due to the presence of airbags in both the driver and the front passenger seats, the rear seats in a car are the safest place for any passengers under twelve to travel. Depending upon the requirements of your child, it’s also a good idea to store any back-up medicines and medical equipment that your child might require in the interior section of the vehicle. If you feel like this might apply to your child, it’s a good idea to look for a vehicle that has an easily accessible storage space. Such storage spaces are often located on the floor of a vehicle, or under a passenger’s seat.
If you’re considering purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, please check out the range of vehicles that Nationwide Mobility have to offer, or don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.