The recent Mobility Roadshow saw novice and experienced drivers with limited mobility take to the wheel and explore the options available to them on the road.
The event connects those with disabilities to useful consumer advice and allows people the chance to get hands-on with the latest mobility products, hoping that it will empower many to lead more independent lifestyles through driving.
Now in its 30th year, The Mobility Roadshow is the biggest exhibition of its kind and was supported this year by both The British Healthcare Trade Association and National Federation of Shopmobility UK – the scheme that lends mobility equipment to people in shopping centres and high streets across the country.
From ramps to hoists and foldable mobility scooters, the event held at Silverstone Circuit in Northants had plenty of innovative products to inspire independent motoring for new drivers or provide more comfortable solutions for mature motorists.
The Mobility Roadshow also showcased the largest selection of adapted vehicles and driving and steering controls for consumers to try out. In the last week of May, top automotive manufacturers and conversion experts demonstrated industry-leading wheelchair-accessible vehicles on the iconic Silverstone course.
The range on show included the Fiat Qubo UpFront, Volkswagen Caddy Transfer and a newer model on the market – the Kia Soul.
The event was free for all to attend and guests were also invited to try out the vehicles for themselves, taking the adapted cars out as a driver or as a passenger with a professional driver. Younger would-be drivers and those with no prior experience of disability were also given an introduction to driving through The Mobility Roadshow’s scheme Get Going Live!
Special test-driving sessions, made available through the scheme, allow those new to the road to trial driving in adapted vehicles for the first time and could help many make the decision to take up driving.
Ann Frye, Chair of the charity who organise The Mobility Roadshow explains: “The Mobility Roadshow crucially allows visitors of all ages living with disability to research vehicle choice through hands-on comparison and make informed, timely decisions about adapted vehicles to enhance mobility.”
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