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Adaptations are a range of devices that can be fitted to your car to help make driving or travelling easier. Typically, adaptations fall into three categories;

- Those that can help you drive
- Those that can stow your wheelchair or scooter, or
- Those that help to get in and out of the car

We use the term adaptations for a range of different products that have been designed to help improve either your driving or travelling experience. But how do you know what you need? The best place to start is to think about your current car experiences and what you find difficult. With over 70 years experience there are not many problems we haven’t encountered and we’re sure that there are adaptations to help make travelling more comfortable and easier.

There are some issues which can be solved simply by choosing the right car. Features such as automatic gearbox, push-button ignition, parking sensors and boots with flat entry might make a huge difference. Our Adaptation Assessors will be able to recommend different models of cars that may suit your needs. However, if you suspect that you need more help with driving, accessing your car or stowing your wheelchair then adaptations could be the answer. If you believe an adaptation would help, but are unsure exactly what you need, expert advice can be found through one of our Adaptation assessor specialists who can give more tailored advice for your individual situation.

Adaptations are available to both private and Motability customers through McElmeel Mobility Services Ltd, for further information please contact one of our Adaptation Specialists by phone on (028) 3752 5333 or email

Hand Brake Modification

A simple modification to improve use of the handbrake lever. This is a relatively simple handbrake modification for use by those having difficulty using the handbrake lever in standard format due to impaired hand function.

Hand Controls

If you find using standard pedals for braking or acceleration difficult, you may be better off using a hand control such as a push/pull device. This popular adaptation allows you to control the speed of the car with your hands by pushing or pulling a lever to accelerate or brake.

Crelling Harness

A harness designed to offer postural support and a certain degree of restraint to children and adults on single or split backed bench seats, to keep them in an upright sitting position.

Wheelchair & Scooter Boot Hoist

A boot hoist is basically a small electrically powered crane designed to lift the Wheelchair, scooter or powerchair into the boot of your Car, SUV, Van, or even Motorhome. There are two main types of hoists the two way & four way. 

Carony System

The Carony is a system that lets you transfer from wheelchair to car seat without lifting. It takes away all the difficult, heavy and dangerous parts of the transfer. It's as safe and comfortable as a standard car seat and it's as versatile and easy to use as a transport wheelchair.

Dual Controls

Dual controls are fitted to driving school cars so that the driving instructor can stop the car in the event of a safety critical incident. On a manual driving school car, dual controls consist of dual brake and clutch. On an automatic car there is only one dual control which is a brake pedal.

Handy Bar

Designed as an aid to standing when rising from a vehicle, the Handy Bar is a very simple but strong and reliable aid to mobility.

Remote Control

Remote control devices help make it easier to operate some of your standard car controls, such as the indicators, windscreen wipers and headlights, designed for drivers with limited upper body movement, particularly those who only have the use of one hand. These units are operated by a wireless keypad control incorporated into a steering aid mounted on the steering wheel so steering and operating basic car functions can be done with one hand.

Swivel Seat

A permanent swivel seat turns, and in some cases moves in and out of the car, then lowers or tips, to make getting in and out of the seat easier. Manual and powered versions are available. Remember, you may need help putting your wheelchair in the boot if you are not able to do it yourself.

Roof Box/Chair Topper

The Braun chair topper could be a solution if you transport a manual wheelchair, and need to use your boot to store other items. They can usually be installed on either the passenger or driver side. The rooftop stowage unit allows you to store a folded wheelchair, in a box, on the roof of your car. An electric hoist lifts the folded wheelchair from the ground and then manoeuvres it into the rooftop box.

Transfer Plate

A transfer plate is fitted to the side of the car seat and provides a smooth surface between the wheelchair and the car seat to help you with the transfer. Once you are in the vehicle and are comfortable, the transfer plate can simply be folded out of the way.

Left-Foot Accelerator

If you have limited mobility in your right leg, and cannot use the standard accelerator comfortably, you may benefit from having a left foot accelerator fitted. This will allow you to control the speed with your left foot, while the original accelerator is safely out of the way. There are a few types of left foot accelerators.

Steering Aids

If you have difficulty holding or turning a standard steering wheel, there are a number of simple solutions that may well help you. 

Contact McElmeel Mobility

  • (028) 3752 5333
  • McElmeel Mobility Group
    15 Ballyscandal Road
    Northern Ireland
    BT61 8BL