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Aids to Make Accessible Travel Easier

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What are the best accessible aids to make travel easier for disabled people? Phil Ashforth from Mobility Smart guest posts for Carrie-Ann Lightley, giving us the detail on travel aids, from support handles to specialist cushions.



As well as the many potential difficulties caused by accessibility when you arrive at your destination, whether that be work, leisure or when you’re on holiday, sometimes the journey itself can be difficult - so it makes sense to look into potential aids that can help make travelling easier.


When you have a disability, travelling in your car, or as a passenger can be uncomfortable and stressful, even leading to injuries and strains when entering or leaving your seated position.


So anything that can make your journeys, in cars, vans, buses, or even planes easier and more comfortable, is probably going to be welcome.


In this short article, we’re going to look at some of the daily living aids that can contribute to making your journeys easier and hopefully enable you to have the pleasure of enjoying your travel, without the associated hassles.


Car Support Handle


The car support handle is an innovative and compact device that has been readily adopted for use by thousands of people, as it gives that little bit of additional balance and support when entering or leaving the seating position in the car.


Very simple and quick to fit, when in place the car support handle is an extremely simple yet strong and reliable mobility aid that has been specially designed to aid users when rising from a vehicle.



The Car Support Handle fits easily into the door bracket on the car's door frame, where it will then remain for as long as it is needed as an excellent supporting handle that protrudes at an ideal height to assist the user in sitting or standing.


To ensure user comfort it boasts a soft, comfortable, slip-resistant handle. The Car Support Handle can also double up as an emergency tool with built-in seat belt cutter and hammer feature to break glass in the case of emergency.



All in all, a great idea and low-cost investment for your future driving safety comfort and enjoyment.

5 Function Massage Cushion with Heat

The 5 Function Massage Cushion with Heat is ideal for giving graded relief on long car journeys and is equally useful on chairs in the home, or placed upon any seat, or the bed as required.



This massage chair delivers a high quality relaxing massage function that stimulates and relieves major muscle groups, including the lumbar region of the spine (lower back) the spine, neck and shoulders.


The heated seat cover has been designed with five massage motors, with 3 speeds of intensity to relieve aches and pains in the upper and lower back, hips and thighs.


Fleece Seatbelt Pads


Fleece seatbelt pads provide welcome protection from the seatbelt cutting and rubbing the shoulder. The velcro opening enables quick and easy fitting, the pad then slides into the required position.



Seat belt discomfort actually affects many thousands of people across the UK, as the standard fitting and position of the seatbelt does not allow for enough customisation to allow for a comfortable fit. This leads to the passenger having to sometimes hold the belt away from where it’s biting in or causing uncomfortable friction.


The fleece seatbelt pad can be fitted in a matter of a few seconds and then it’s possible to have much greater enjoyment and comfort from your journey.


Soft Transfer Cushion


Our soft transfer cushion can really help those of you who find it difficult to swivel on the seat to leave the vehicle after driving.


The cushion features a soft, padded, flexible turning disc ideal for use on car seats, chairs and beds - so great - not only in the car but also within the home itself.



The soft transfer cushion works by allowing the easy rotation of the user, when the surface of the cushion swivels on its base, therefore allowing easier alighting or leaving of the vehicle.


It is a soft feeling cushion that can remain in place for the whole of the journey, providing a comfortable sitting position throughout.


To see a wide range of other products, aside from these featured, take a look at Mobility Smart’s car and travel aids section where you’ll find a wide range of great ideas, all at very low price points.



Phil Ashforth is a staff writer for Mobility Smart, an online retailer of health, wellbeing and mobility equipment to help you recover from injury, recuperation and protection of joints and muscles when exercising or just helping you in normal daily life, you’ll find their website here.


Where Next?


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