Which wheelchair? Which WAV?
Choose your wheelchair before getting your wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) if you can, users say.
Your wheelchair is for you and your needs. Think about pressure relief and, maybe, postural support. Then make sure the WAV will fit your wheelchair.
If you are getting a new wheelchair, discuss using it in a WAV with your wheelchair service (if you have one) or the supplier. They should be able to advise on the suitability of any wheelchair for a WAV. Take into account any likely changes to your condition and your wheelchair during the lifetime of the WAV.
Can you use your wheelchair in a WAV?
Not all wheelchairs are suitable for use in a WAV, and some are incompatible with some tie-downs. Discuss your wheelchair's suitability with whoever is doing your assessment and with the WAV converter.
Some wheelchairs have been specifically safety tested for use in a vehicle (this is sometimes known as crash testing), but not all manufacturers do this.
Just because a wheelchair hasn't been tested doesn't necessarily mean it isn't suitable. However, the wheelchair does need to have dedicated attachment points for tie-downs if you're using them. On newer wheelchairs, these will be clearly indicated.
It's also important to have a head restraint to help prevent whiplash injuries.
WAV docking systems
Automatic docking systems require a spigot or plate to be fixed to the wheelchair.
These are incompatible with some wheelchairs; with others, they decrease the ground clearance of the wheelchair, which can make it difficult or impossible to drive over uneven terrain.
Double check this with your wheelchair provider and the conversion company.