Rica's unique car search has car factsheets showing measurements and photos of car models.
You can search for:
- accesssibility features including seat heights, headroom, door openings and boot sizes
- detailed car measurement data on over 1400 cars
- to find cars that are easier to get into and out of
- to find cars with flat boot sills and that can take an unfolded standard wheelchair
- to find car boots with space to stow a wheelchair, mobility scooter, bike or other items
- and compare the details of up to 4 cars
Choosing a car
Find out about simple equipment for older and disabled people to make driving a car easier, including car controls, with tips and things to consider.
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 plus the specific issues affecting disabled children, including supporting posture, challenging behaviour and transporting equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Motoring if you've a particular disability
Rica's 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
- What is there to consider when making decisions to stay safe and independent on the road?
- What does the law says about ability to drive?
- How best to assess capabilities?
- What is on offer at a mobility centre?
- What modifications to vehicles and good driving habits can help keep drivers on the road longer?
The law & motoring
Depending on your disability or long-term health condition, there may be certain legal requirements you need to fulfil before you can legally drive and get insurance. You'll need to tell the DVLA about any adaptations to your car which will be recorded on your licence.
Adapting a car can be expensive but there is help with finance available and some adaptations are and the rules on what is VAT exempt.
Last updated: August 2017