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Top Tips for looking after your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV)

As part of the lease package for all Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, your WAV supplier will complete an annual “health check” on the conversion elements of your WAV. This is in addition to the service completed by the dealer to ensure that the original vehicle is maintained in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines. On top of these checks, there are a few things you can do to help keep your WAV in good, safe working order. We spoke to some of our WAV suppliers to get their expert advice.

    • Make sure your tie-downs are in good working order before every journey – if you notice any signs of wear, for example fraying, get in touch with your supplier.
    • Make sure everyone you travel with, particularly if you are travelling with someone for the first time, are comfortable and know the correct procedure for using the restraint systems in your WAV.
    • If you have front wheel tie-downs, ensure that they are stowed away correctly and do not keep them extended when you are not in the vehicle. It may seem easier for when you next enter the WAV, as the person assisting you will not have to walk into the WAV to extend the restraints, however keeping them fully extended when not in use can cause damage to them.
    • If you have a lift you should have an annual service to keep it working properly for you. Your WAV supplier should contact you when this is due, but you can always get in touch with them to arrange this
    • Don’t forget, as with any vehicle, you should refer to your manufacturer’s handbook for recommendations of regular checks you should carry out. Many cars now have dashboard warning lights and of course your dealer will check the vehicle every time it is serviced, but regular checks may include:
      • Engine oil
      • Windscreen washer fluid
      • Engine cooling system
      • Lights
      • Tyres are not worn below the legal limit of 1.6mm
      • Tyres are at the right pressure

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