Those with mobility issues who have already traveled by car with their wheelchairs can tell how tricky a road trip experience can be if you do not plan ahead, conduct research, or consider possible setbacks and delays because of handicap restrictions. Here are some tips to make your upcoming journeys successful and comfortable.
1. Choose the right car: This is probably the most important part of your road trip planning. Handicapped vans are more popular among those with mobility issues, so make sure they have some of these basic features: Wheelchair lift or ramp, modified controls, capacity for 1 or 2 wheelchairs/scooter, remote control power ramp and raised roof or lowered floor. These are some of the factors you should look into when searching for the best handicapped car to suit your lifestyle.
2. Inquire about wheelchair accessibility: Whether you are looking for a comfort stay at a hotel or enjoying of nice restaurants during your road trip, make some calls and ask questions ahead of time and ask if they have wheelchair accessibility. You should never assume that anything will be fully accessible to your specific needs. You don’t want unpleasant surprises right up until the last minute!
3. Verify your wheelchair is in good working order before you leave home: Especially if you are traveling alone, let any maintenance or repair service company check your wheelchair to avoid delays over broken or repairable part that will need servicing at the destination upon arrival. Be cautious and bring a travel size repair kit in order to stave off potential headaches, remember that not all repair shops are identical to the service you’re used to receiving at home.
4. Check your insurance company regulations: There are instances where insurance will pay for cars rentals. When speaking with the insured insurance company, be polite; request the equipment you need to get back on the road again and make sure they provide roadside assistance as well.
This may seem like a lot to look for but finding out this information ahead of time can really save you time and money. Just keep in mind: Always plan ahead, ask lots of questions and travel with a statement from your doctor. The travel industry is waking up to disabled travelers’ special needs by providing more services and greater accommodation so you can have a smooth pleasant trip.
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