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Industry Taking Note Of Disabled Motorists

By raccars Published

Disabled motorists are being catered to this summer by a range of interesting events. The weekend saw the 30th anniversary edition of the Mobility Roadshow at Telford International Centre, while Donington Park is holding special driving events for younger disabled drivers.

Highlights of this year's Mobility Roadshow included Brotherwood Automobility Ltd's new VISION, a vehicle specially designed for wheelchair passengers, from a company dedicated to conversions.

The show caters to people with all kinds of disabilities, acting as a showcase for conversions and adaptations, to help keep the motion impaired on the road, either as drivers or passengers. The focus is on the opportunity to try before you buy and showed about 60 vehicle adaptations, with 'drive from wheelchair' options causing quite a stir and test drives of the new Volkswagen Golf and Ford B-Max.

The roadshow was also used as a springboard for a new organisation to train disabled drivers, the Association of Disability Driving Instructors, hoping to fill a gaping hole in the driving instructor market.

Easy access motorhomes and caravans were on display, along with new and vintage model cars and racing fans enjoyed an appearance by Simon Andrews, the disabled racer, with his race adapted Mk5 Golf Gti. The show also had plenty to offer for non drivers, with disability aids of all kinds on offer, including bionic walking machines, mobility scooters, bicycle accessories and wheelchairs.

In a couple of weeks, on Saturday 13 July, young disabled drivers are being given the opportunity to drive at Donington Park in Derbyshire, as part of Get Going Live. Open to those aged 14 and over, young drivers will get access to a range of specially adapted production cars and drive from wheelchair vehicles, in which they can take a circuit around Donington, including the Heritage Loop, usually now used for new car launches.

The dual control vehicles will be co-piloted by experts and the young drivers will also be able to find out more about gaining a driving licence, with specialist advice on finding an instructor, vehicle adaptations and the chance to have a go on the Autoadapt Driver Test Station, to measure reactions.

The under 14s will be excluded from driving but are welcome to attend and will get the chance to practice transfers and learn about controls.

The event will feature an appearance by Britain's youngest disabled motorsport licence holder, Aaron Morgan and experience options including off roading vehicle adaptations and a skid pan, plus cycling events.

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