Consumer research for older and disabled people

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Rica's consumer information aimed at older and disabled people is based on independent research, the experiences of consumers and experts and aims to be completely unbiased.

Car search

Motoring advice for older and disabled people

Car search has car factsheets, measurements and accesssibility features to search and compare cars to find:

  • models that are easiest for you to get into and out of
  • ones with space to stow a wheelchair, mobility scooter or other kit or equipment
  • detailed car measurement data on over 1400 cars

New models are added continuously.

Choosing a car coverChoosing a car

We describe some of the simpler equipment for older and disabled people that can make driving a car easier with:

  • details of where to go for simpler adaptations
  • questions to ask about type of car or car controls 

Go to Choosing a car

Cars for families of disabled children

We consider the issues affecting disabled children and their families when choosing and using a car and look at:

  • relevant standard features and specialist equipment.
  • choosing a family car
  • specific issues affecting disabled children, including supporting posture, challenging behaviour and  transporting equipment.

Go to Family cars: a guide for families of disabled children

Getting in and out of a car

Whether you're in a wheelchair, or just find it difficult to get in and out of a car, we provide:

  • information and advice on useful techniques
  • details of aids or equipment for anyone needing extra help
  • information and practical advice on getting getting from your wheelchair into your car.

Go to Getting into and out of a car

Car controls

Disabled and older drivers who need to adapt the driving controls can find out the range of controls with our information which includes:

  • a list of things to consider
  • details of type of car adaptations you may need
  • guidance and contact details of adaptation companies
  • advice on where to go for further advice.

Go to Car controls

Wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs)

A wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) can make a great difference for disabled drivers and disabled passengers. Travelling in your wheelchair means you don't need to transfer in and out, or stow it in the boot, so you can travel more freely. We provide:

  • information on the different types of WAV available
  • advice on how to go about choosing and buying one
  • contact details of useful organisations that  can provide specialist advice.

Go to Wheelchair accessible vehicles

Getting a wheelchair into a car

We consider what equipment is available to help get a wheelchair or mobility scooter into a car and transport it safely, including different types of hoists, racks and trailers.

Go to Getting a wheelchair into a car

Motoring if you've a particular disability

This series of print guides provides additional information for people with specific disabilities or conditions including:

  • things to look out for
  • information about adaptations
  • and where to go for further help
  • tips and advice from people with the particular condition or disability

You can download them as PDFs or order a print copy

The print edition of 'Motoring with arthritis'

Driving safely for life: a guide for older drivers

Driving Safely book coverWe consider what older drivers need to think about when making decisions to stay safe and independent on the road including:

  • exactly what the law says about ability to drive
  • how to best assess capabilities, for example, by visiting a mobility centre
  • modifications for vehicles and good driving habits to keep on the road longer

Go to Older Drivers guide

The law & motoring

Depending on your particular condition, there may be certain legal requirements you need to fulfil before you can legally drive and get insurance. You'll need to let the DVLA know of any adaptations to your car which will be recorded on your licence. 

Go to the law and motoring

Financial help for motoring

Adapting a car can be expensive and we cover some ways you can get help with financing adaptations and the rules on what is VAT exempt. 

Go to Car finance

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Last updated: May 2017