How to Safely Transport Your Mobility Scooter

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

transporting mobility scooter

We’re finally warming up in Iowa, which means most of us are making plans for gatherings at parks, visits to the mall and more!  But there’s one problem – you aren’t sure how to get your mobility device there.  Never fear, the team at CarePro Health Services has identified the top three solutions that will get you AND your mobility scooter wherever you want to go.

  1. Public Transportation with Scooter Lift
  2. Portable Ramps for Personal Vehicle
  3. Mobility Scooter Lift for Personal Vehicle

When it comes to public transportation in Iowa, we all know our options are fairly limited.  However, if you’re using a mobility scooter and a public bus travels to where you are headed, you may save a great deal of battery life by taking the bus.  Here are a few things to know before you line up at the nearest bus stop:

  • Check your that your city’s buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts
  • Know that mobility scooter users are often expected to load their own mobility device within 2 to 3 minutes, and assistance is available to secure the device
  • Most cities don’t allow buses to operate their wheelchair lift on a hill, so find a bus stop on level ground

If you have access to an SUV or van, another option for transporting your mobility scooter would be to use a portable ramp.  When purchasing a portable ramp, here are a few items to consider:

  • Length of the ramp needed depends on the floor height of your vehicle and recommended incline for your mobility device
  • Never ride or drive your mobility scooter up a portable ramp
  • Consider foldable ramps that are easy for you to set up alone

If you are unable to set up a portable ramp on your own or you do not have access to an SUV or van, you may want to consider a mobility scooter lift that is installed to your vehicle.  When choosing a mobility scooter lift, here is what you’ll need to know:

  • What kind of hitch your car has
  • The weight of your mobility scooter

If you’re worried about transporting your mobility scooter, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at CarePro Home Medical.  We are here to help you gain more independence with remaining safe and comfortable this summer!

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