MOTORING: Regaining independence with a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

Retired teacher Susan sustained a spinal injury in 2015 but last year she regained her independence with a Sirus Internal Transfer Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV). Susan shares why she loves driving and how a side entry WAV works so well for her. 

Before my accident I could just jump in the car and go out, go to the shops, to the park, to visit my grandchildren. I felt robbed of that freedom. Now I have my Sirus Internal Transfer WAV I have my freedom back! To get in and out of my car, all I have to do is press the button on my key fob, the side sliding door and ramp open and in I go.  It only takes around one minute to get in and I don’t need to mess around with clamps, winches etc. It is ‘fuss free’. 

Benefits of Transferring Internally 

Before I had a Sirus Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle I had an adapted Ford Focus. I had to dismantle my wheelchair and lift it into the car. Doing this caused pain and aggravated my back. I no longer have to do this with my Sirus car, as I transfer to the driver’s seat internally and secure my wheelchair inside the car. 

I have an RGK SUB 4 manual wheelchair which works brilliantly. The car is fitted with a six-way seat which I move it forwards and backwards to find the perfect transfer position. 

Ramp and side sliding door

I operate the vehicle using the remote, so as soon as I open the front door I click the button and the powered ramp and door open. The fact that I enter from the side is brilliant.

It means that when parking I look for a space on the end or any standard sized Blue Badge bay (as well as on street parking of course). There is plenty of space to get in and out using a side entry ramp.

Rear seats and boot

We use the two rear seats all of the time! my passengers find them so easy and comfortable. The boot is operated automatically, all I have to do it press the key fob to open and close it! It’s a brilliant feature”.

Susan’s WAV is a Ford Tourneo Connect. To read Sue’s full story, visit the Sirus website

To find out more, contact Sirus Automotive on 0121 505 7777 www.sirusautomotive.co.uk

Sirus see new and approved used Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles. All new vehicles are available on the Motability Scheme. Sirus has new stock available now. 

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