Archive for June, 2017
Choosing the Correct Wheelchair Ramps & Lifts
There are a wide variety of available options when it comes to choosing the correct wheelchair ramps & lifts, but with the help of specialized Mobility Consultants, Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and informative blog posts like this one, to help ease the decision making process. One of the most difficult decisions is whether to choose a ramp or a lift to guarantee safe entry into your mobility vehicle. Both options can get you safely in and out of a new or used wheelchair van, but really the decision is a matter of budget and personal preference.
Choosing Wheelchair Ramps
There are three main options when it comes to choosing ramps for access into your accessible van: portable, motorized, or manual. One overall benefit of choosing a ramp is if you have, or are purchasing, a handicapped lowered floor van with a ramp they tend to be much less expensive, take up less space and are more fuel-efficient compared to a full-size van that is used for most lifts. Portable ramps are some of the least expensive and easiest to install. These ramps have the ability to be used with multiple vehicles, and be removed whenever they are not a necessity. Motorized ramps boast added convenience in their motorized movements and higher degree of autonomy, but with that comes more expense. With limited mobility, a powered ramp may be the difference between entering and exiting the vehicle on your own, or needing assistance to enter and exit. The last type of ramp is the manual ramp, which is less expensive but requires much more effort to extend and retract the ramp. When shopping for the specifics of your wheelchair accessible vehicle, further research the pros and cons of ramps.
Choosing Wheelchair Lifts
Lifts are usually installed in full-sized vans, but help to effortlessly raise a person in a wheelchair into a vehicle. Be aware that all lifts depend, at least in part, on a battery. If your battery is weak or dead, the lifts will not work. Another thing to consider is if using a scooter some are longer than the standard platform on lifts and will need extended platforms. The first type is a hydraulic lift that uses a pump and cylinder filled with fluid pressure that enables the pump to raise and lower the lift. An electrical mechanical lift operates either by chain or screw rod, powered solely by the battery. A gravity lift has power to lift and fold, while gravity lowers the platform to ground level. Platform lifts are much more complicated and require two doors or a sliding door on the side of the van. A fully automatic platform lift will fold, unfold, lower and rise by a switch. A semi-automatic platform lift requires manual folding and unfolding and necessitates assistance. The last type of lift never folds it is called a swing lift because it “swings” inside, outside and up-and-down. Less room is needed to enter and exit the van, which provides a parking convenience. Finally, when purchasing a lift, be sure to check on the use of raised doors. If needed, your lift will have to be ordered for the extended doors. Determine if this is necessary before completing your vehicle equipment decisions. It will help you avoid very costly errors.
There are many choices and options for every type of mobility need and R & R Mobility is here to help with as much information and assistance possible! Always remember to contact one of our mobility consultants before purchasing to verify you’re buying the right type of ramp or lift suited for your lifestyle.
If you live in an area known for its seasonably high temperatures during the summer months, then you should always take proper precautions necessary to get your wheel chair accessible vehicle summer ready and ensure it runs at tip-top shape as the heat continues to rise.
Here are some essential vehicle maintenance tips that you need to consider as the summer season sets in.
Stock Up on Coolant
You should always keep an eye on your accessible vehicle’s coolant levels. Too little, and your engine wills start running hotter than normal. As a precaution, it’s always good to keep an extra bottle of coolant in the trunk, or under a seat, in case an emergency occurs while you’re on the road.
Cut Down on Cracks
High temperatures under the hood are pretty commonplace, which means its effects can be doubled or tripled during the summer months. High heat over time can cause cracks in hoses and tubing, which can lead to fluid leaks and even damage to your engine or other important components.
Regular servicing and replacement can help prevent costly damages, and extend the overall life of your mobility vehicle.
Assess Your AC
The more integral system in your car, especially during the summer months, your AC should always be in tip-top shape. If for any reason you feel a decline in the performance of your AC system, do not ignore it. The worse you let the problem get, the more expensive it will be to get fixed.
Check Your Tires
Even the most advanced rubbers are still prone to wear and tear over time. This can be exacerbated by any sudden changes in temperature, which causes some tires to literally rot from the inside out. This is especially true for wheelchair accessible vans and trucks, as they prone to carrying more weight than their non-modified counterparts.
It’s recommended you get your tires checked every three months or so, and replaced every year, to reduce the risk of damage to your mobility vehicle.
Bring your vehicle to R&R Mobility
Although it pays to do your own research, there’s no better way to ensure summer vehicle safety than by putting your wheelchair accessible vehicle in the hands of an accredited Quality Assurance Program (QAP) professional. Set up an appointment with R&R Mobility, a trusted NMEDA mobility QAP dealer to make sure any and all modifications are in proper working order, and are in the right condition to stand up to the elements.
The summer has arrived and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy some sun and fun!!! Let R & R Mobility be Your source for quality wheelchair accessible vans. We have a large selection of wheelchair accessible van rentals for you and your family. Please contact us at 770.483.0767 to get more information and our summer specials.
Come by today to see our wheel chair accessible rental vans and…take one for a spin!