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 foot steering adaptations?

Jim Doran Hand Controls Ltd - Telephone:-02476 460833, E-mail:-  or visit the Jim Doran website

Brook Miller Mobility – Telephone:- 0800 064 4454, E-mail:- '' or visit the Brook Miller website

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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Do you have knowledge or experience of car adaptations that you think would be useful to other beneficiaries? Would you be willing to share your experience? Please let us know.

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