Specifying the right adaptions for your needs is essential when choosing your next car. It must be possible to fit them all to the car you would like to ensure you can maintain your independence.

Our information will help you to consider major adaptions you might need. It’s also important to think about what you might need later on as well as what you need right now.

This information is also available in our ‘Adapting Your Car’ factsheet.

Adapting Your Car Factsheet
woman in wheelchair by car with hoist fitted

Wheelchairs and scooters

If you transport a powerchair or scooter, these are often quite heavy and are lifted in or out using a hydraulic hoist.  Make certain that there is space in the vehicle you are considering for a suitable hoist to be fitted (the adaptation company can advise you on this) and more importantly, whether the maximum loading weight of the vehicle will be sufficient for your mobility aid.

Foot steering

Foot steering is an adaptation fitted to an ordinary car that allows the car to be driven using foot operated steering controls. There are several types of foot steering available, including:

  • Foot Plate Steering
  • Joy Steer
  • Space Drive Steering, manufactured in Germany (Drive by Wire)
  • Franz Foot Steering

man sitting in an adapted car with foot steering plate

car foot controls to operate the steering

Which garages carry out a wide range of adaptations?

Jim Doran Hand Controls Ltd

Telephone:-02476 460833, E-mail:- [email protected]  or visit the Jim Doran website

JDHC is a family run company with over 40 years’ experience in the field of design and installation of hand controls for disabled drivers. Based in Coventry, they can provide a wide range of adaptations which are tailored to your needs.

Steering Developments

Telephone:- 01442 212918, E-mail:- [email protected] or visit the Steering Developments website

Steering Developments provide customised, fully bespoke solutions that fit your specific needs without compromise. Based in Hertfordshire they have over 40 years experience as vehicle and wheelchair conversion specialists.

PL Mobility Limited

Telephone:-  01324 56 22 40, E-mail:-  [email protected] or visit the PL Mobility Limited website

PL Mobility Ltd is one of the leading Scottish vehicle adaptions. They are based in Bonnybridge Industrial Estate, Murnin Road, Bonnybridge, Scotland.   They can advise on boot hoists, hand controls, infra-red systems, person lifts, ramps, swivel seats, foot steering plus others.


Other places for useful advice

The Motability Adaptions Overview to find out about adaptations and to see video clips.

The RIDC Useful Guides on mobility and motoring

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