I know that this isn't "Top Gear" or "What Car?"

This may sound a strange question for the cpnhelp site; some may say that this is not “Car Buyer”, “Top Gear” or “What car” but, here we go.

I am finally losing my company car at the end of the month. It’s a car that I haven’t really been driving much at all this year (though I have been paying tax on it). It’s a manual (stick-shift), full of tools & equipment. I will certainly go for an automatic and have a left foot accelerator adaption. My seat walker / rollator is poorly designed and doesn’t fold down too well. Getting a rollator into the boot (trunk) of any car can be a struggle. Wheelchairs seen to fold down far better and more forethought has gone into their design and usability.

I am going to have to decide on a suitable car in the very near future. As I say, I know some may think this site is about antibioticsi and their effect on Chlamydia pneumoniae and not about buying cars. At the same time, many of you will have had to make decisions about your own wheels. My disability fluctuates from being very bad indeed to the more rare “Not so bad today”. To those that are perplexed by my asking this at all - seeing as the guy with the big “S” on his T-shirt doesn’t drive but flies – I have given up flying for the moment.

Anyway, an interesting piece of subject matter. I am currently eying up a Hyundai i30 SE Nav. I welcome your input. I really hope that my disability doesn’t worsen and that I remain able to drive.

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G.

Hi Supaguy,

Rick has a Subaru Outback with "eye sight" (could have that wrong - might be "i-site").  I like that car for it's additional safety features including a bit of "drive assist" with collision avoidance breaking, lane change alert thingy and a rear view video gizmo when you back it up.  We got one of those hand control things.

Best & Highest Regards,

Tom C

Proud Parent of Rick - R started CAPi in Nov. 13. Small measurable improvements as of 7/14, more by 10/14.  Holding Steady in early 2017.  "I will leave no stone unturned, no theory unexamined, to help my son." Tommi

Well, I've recently fallen hard for the Hyundai Sonata (it may be a different name in your market), which is a four-door with a roomy interior and a large trunk (boot, for you?), which is a consideration for transporting my mom's walker and her folding wheelchair.  Unfortunately for me, it doesn't have an available stick shift.  I have never owned an automatic, though I was preparing to buy one when I was at my worst, thanks to slow hand-eye coordination and mental fog.

You need to consider ground-clearance.  You don't want to have to 'step up' (in other words, struggle) to get into the car. Hand controls are offered on many models, now, so order it if you think you might need them. That Sonata I was talking about also has a foot-control (more like a sweep of the foot) for opening the trunk automatically/hands free.  Ford Escape also has this, but it's a 'step-up' SUV. 

Most models now have the warning about crossing lane-lines and collision proximity, and lots of them have back-up cameras, to help you NOT hit toddlers and dogs wandering through your blind spots.  (Helpful when a bit brain-fogged, I guess.)

Now, Arttile's son has a gem of a car, with front and rear doors operating from the center post, essentially looking like double entry doors to a house each swinging outward and leaving six feet of open space between them, giving easy access to the front and back seats and allowing you to put really bulky items into the car.  You'll have to pm her to ask about the car.  I was quite impressed with its usefulness and cargo space.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

won't help with the car but I did see a rollator recently that seemed to fold better than the usual...

Want me to look again?

Started NACi Sept'14... 100mg Doxyi Dec'14...  Roxi 13Dec '14 Supplementsi...

This is going to be a test of whether I am really a realist, an optimist, a pragmatist, a delusional ever-hopeful CPni evangelist or just someone hedging his bets against likely outcomes.

I still envisage being able to strut up the road, unaided, in the not-to-distant future. Within short reach, I have documents confirming my prognosis and likely future is pretty grim to say the least. Taking the grim approach, I should be thinking of a “Pope mobile” type motor – with full wheelchair accessibility. I somehow just can’t visualise a Pope mobile with a big “S” on the roof.

I think I was right to dismiss the nippy little city car - the Hyundai i10 – as tempting fate (as fun as that car might be).

More cars to look at. I hear that the Skoda, Seat and VW diesels are very economical. Wink

liltiger, please do forward any link to a well-designed fold-up rollator.

Thanks All!

Smile

G.

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln<

Vw diesel! Don't u watch the news on Vega? The jazz has oodles of boot space. Being realistic, second hand and look for good resale types. 

Just keep in mind, that VW diesel's mileage claims are totally false.  Cool

But, that might mean you can buy one really, really cheap right now, as VW tries to rehabilitate its image.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

This is one that folds a lot

http://www.xlentcare.com/VolarisRollators.html< - it is made is Sweden though so you may find it closer to you...

and this in Norway (not sure if it was this model but one Topro did fold well

TOPRO TROJA ROLLATOR 2G

https://www.homeandmedical.co.uk/healthcareaid/topro-troja-2G-rollator-p...<

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Australia is flooded with A Frame rollators/walkers that are badly designed, hard to get into a vehicle, bad for your posture and force you to walk outside the frame, usually looking down and bent forward; a poor look, and quite unsafe. Tiredness and backache will occur and you will walk less than optimum. This is due to terrible design and mostly poor quality. Who is going to walk inside the frame of a walker when your knees bump against the metal bars supporting the basket? If you walk behind a rollator and you trip it will help you to fall.

  • TOPRO is designed to allow you to walk inside the frame, with nothing to bump against your knees and encouraging you to stand straight, giving good skeletal support, reducing tiredness & muscle strain.
  • With TOPRO you can adjust the grips to wrist level and this gives you a slight, natural bend in your elbow and allows you to walk tall inside the frame and prevents falls. The memory stick will always keep the correct height for you.
  • TOPRO has a woven basket in front and a woven seat allowing correct folding.
  • TOPRO folds like hands clapping allowing you to hook the front wheels over the sill of the rear car door and tumble the rollator in between front and back seats; no more lifting in and out of cars.
  • TOPRO now has a 7 year frame warranty and has won many awards in Europe. Quality materials, rigorous testing and state of the art manufacturing produce enduring quality.
  • TOPRO rigouresley test their products including a 90 day out in the snow test.
  • The simple elegance of TOPRO coupled with your new upright stance is a real good look

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The TOPRO, if this is the same model is very good.  The larger front wheels are good for off road use so excellent for country walks with your camera.  One thing I must say is that if you need a rollator for indoor use as well, buy two.  I can't imagine my mother using one of these to get around her house!..................Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Just sent the email with my decision. It’s going to be a deep blue Ford C-Max Titanium 2 litre Nav automatic (with left foot accelerator conversion). Trouble is, the waiting time is up to ten weeks! I am going to be carless for a good few weeks.

Now Moggie’s idea for getting about once I’m out of the car sounds highly exciting and exhilarating: a seated Segway! I would be like “Mr Toad”.

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G.

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln<

Congratulations!!

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Congratulations - enjoy!

Started NACi Sept'14... 100mg Doxyi Dec'14...  Roxi 13Dec '14 Supplementsi...

They came and took my company car off of me this last Thursday. Yes, I am carless. I couldn’t manage a manual (stick-shift) car anyway. It was sitting on the drive and I was paying tax on it. My new car isn’t due to arrive until 23rd December. It’s a Ford C-max Titanium 2.0TDi Powershift Nav. I am having a left foot accelerator conversion and a 100kg 4 way boot hoist installed.

I have been looking at either a small scooter or power chair to go in it. I am committed to the C-max now so, as they say - size matters. I have seen various fold-up power chair but they are all so limiting. I have just watched a video of an interesting machine. The Grandad on it isn’t me. See:

https://youtu.be/Eg7lIXow_ak<

That is how I used to drive.

 Smile

G.

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln<

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