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Maintaining Modified Disability Vehicles: A Comprehensive Guide


For people with disabilities, modified vehicles provide a convenient and accessible mode of transportation. However, it’s crucial to ensure that these vehicles are maintained to the highest standards to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers. In this blog, we will discuss what you need to know about servicing and repairing modified disability vehicles.

What does a modified vehicle service entail?

Regular servicing of modified vehicles is essential to ensure they adhere to safety requirements. A thorough service covers all aspects of the vehicle, including wheel alignment, exhaust systems, fuel lines, and suspension components. The service will also focus on ensuring that wheelchair docking stations and lifting devices are working perfectly and that all metal and moving components are checked for rust and proper lubrication.

Areas to focus on.

Services and repairs can vary depending on the modified vehicle’s fit-out. Therefore, it’s essential to seek knowledgeable advice from experts in mobility vehicles. For instance, owners with a Milford Person Lift need to ensure that the lifting arm’s multiple pivot points are well-lubricated and that the metal supports haven’t started to rust. Those with a turn-y seat need to check the electrical components and ensure that the chair’s tracks offer a smooth swivel motion.

Safety isn’t just about seatbelts.

In addition to checking seatbelts, modified disability vehicles come with other safety elements that need to be assessed. This includes wheelchair restraints, which generally have four mounting points and automatic or manual retractors. These must be serviced and repaired (if needed), along with the tracks or discs on which they’re mounted. Steps and handrails should also be assessed, especially automatic slide-out steps mounted under the vehicle, which can become stiff and malfunction without proper care.

Other accessories

A complete and thorough service should also cover the unique and standard accessories of your vehicle, including reverse cameras, tie-down points, window tinting, and power outlets. It’s also important to ensure you have necessary emergency tools such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and escape hammers.

Is your vehicle up to standard?

After getting your vehicle modified for transporting disabled passengers, the next step is to ensure these modifications and the vehicle itself are maintained through regular servicing and repairs. At Auto Extras, we offer sound advice on keeping everything in a premium and safe state.

In conclusion, it’s vital to maintain modified disability vehicles to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers. Regular servicing and repairs are necessary to keep these vehicles in top condition. Seek expert advice from professionals who specialize in mobility vehicles to ensure your vehicle is up to standard. At Auto Extras, we strive to maintain the highest quality and safety standards in everything we do. Get in contact with us today to book your next service!

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