At Baylis, we know how important purchasing a new vehicle is to our customers. It is a big decision and a purchase that should make your life easier. For this reason, we offer a great range of Motability adaptations to tailor your vehicle to your requirements, no matter how specific. We want to make sure all our customers are as mobile as possible, so we offer mechanical and accessibility adaptations to ensure that your car is always accessible to you and that you feel safe and in control. Depending on your entitlement as part of the scheme, many vehicle adaptations are available at no additional cost. We can offer adaptations to the steering control of your vehicle, including assisted steering and foot steering systems. We can also offer accelerator and brake hand controls for easier control of speed or adapted foot controls. We can arrange for your handbrake to be installed on the right-hand side for easier parking and pulling away. Rotating seats are also available to help you increase your visibility range, whilst adapted mirrors can support full visibility. Lastly, we can offer adaptations to help get you and your passengers in and out of your vehicle safely, such as wheelchair ramps, tail-lifts, hoists and people lifts, below are a choice of video's to take you through all possible adaptations.
In order to identify which adaptations you require it may be a good idea for you to have a consultation at an independent Mobility Assessment Centre. These centres are run by occupational therapists and technical specialists who can advise you on the vehicles and adaptations that best suit you. The Baylis Motability Specialist will then help you choose the right vehicle for you and confirm whether your adaptations are eligible under the Motability Managed Adaptations Programme. If this is the case, we will work with them to take care of the whole process on your behalf.
This is a hoist which stores your wheelchair or scooter in your car boot. Tie-downs are included as part of the hoist package to help secure your scooter or wheelchair into the boot of your car.
Your wheelchair or scooter will affect the type of boot hoist you need and the space required, so you should take your product to the dealership so they can make sure that the cars you are considering will fit the hoist
If you find using standard pedals for braking or acceleration difficult, you may be better off using a hand control such as a push/pull device. This popular adaptation allows you to control the speed of the car with your hands by pushing or pulling a lever to accelerate or brake.
If you have limited mobility in your right leg, and cannot use the standard accelerator comfortably, you may benefit from having a left foot accelerator fitted. This will allow you to control the speed with your left foot, while the original accelerator is safely out of the way. There are a few types of left foot accelerators.
Remote control devices help make it easier to operate some of your standard car controls, such as the indicators, windscreen wipers and headlights, using a signle control panel mounted on the steering wheel. They can also incorporate a steering wheel call so steering and operating basic car functions can be done with one hand.
A car rooftop stowage unit could be a solution if you transport a manual wheelchair, and need to use your boot to store other items. They can usually be installed on either the passenger or driver side.
If you have difficulty holding or turning a standard steering wheel, there are a number of simple solutions that may well help you. For example, a steering wheel ball can be fitted to allow you to have more control when steering the car.
A transfer plate is fitted to the side of the car seat and provides a smooth surface between the wheelchair and the car seat to help you with the transfer. Once you are in the vehicle and are comfortable, the transfer plate can simply be folded out of the way.
If you have limited mobility in your legs or find push/pull hand controls take too much effort, an electronic accelerator may help, and there are a few different types available.
If you are a wheelchair user, another option for getting in and out of the car is via an electric person hoist, which physically lifts you into the car.