Yorkshire’s disabled drivers take the wheel with the Motability Scheme

A record-breaking 3,200 disabled motorists, carers and their friends and families attended One Big Day Harrogate at the Yorkshire Event Centre.

The event attracted more visitors than ever before and showcased a wide range of vehicles available for disabled people and offered visitors the chance to discover all they needed to know about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme.

Visitors explored a showcase of over 80 vehicles from leading manufacturers including Ford, Vauxhall and Hyundai, plus, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) and a range of vehicle adaptations and scooters.

The One Big Day event provided a unique opportunity to test drive a variety of cars and adaptations, with more than 240 visitors taking to the wheel with a professional driving instructor. Test drives gave guests the chance to experience which vehicles might best suit their individual mobility needs. Visitors had the option to test drive the cars themselves, or experience the car as a passenger.

Visitors to the event were also able to talk to Motability Scheme advisors and gather useful information from Scheme partners – Kwik Fit, RAC and RSA Motability – as well as advice from Driving Mobility and Disabled Motoring UK. Fun for all the family, free children’s entertainment saw lots making the most of the bouncy castle, getting their faces painted and taking selfies with the Motability Scheme mascot, Billy the Bear.

Alison Beasley, One Big Day event manager, Motability Operations Ltd, said: “We were excited to bring the One Big Day event back to Harrogate and we’re thrilled that it was such a successful return for us. It’s great to see so many people making the most of the chance to find out all there is to know about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme and finding the perfect mobility solution for their requirements.”

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