Heading outside during the winter months with your wheelchair might seem like a daunting task, but don’t let the fear keep you inside. Get out and enjoy the beauty that the winter season can bring by preparing in these easy ways.
Perform a Tune-up on Your Wheelchair
Make sure that you check everything on your wheelchair, even wheelchairs that are rigid, before going out and enduring the cold, ice, and snow. Check that all of the nuts and bolts are securely tightened and everything is sturdy to make getting through the snow easier. Listen for any irregular sounds that your wheelchair is making since this could be an indication that it needs to be repaired before facing the winter season.
Get Snow Tires
One of the best ways to ensure safe travel during the winter is getting snow wheelchair tires for wheelchairs or wheelchairs that are rigid. Snow tires for wheelchairs with soft rubber knobs provide grip and improves mobility for you to get around in the snow and on ice. Another option to help you travel in snow and on ice are chains or a similar product, but they can’t be used indoors. Wheelblades are basically small skis for your wheelchair that can help you glide through a smaller amount of snow that snow tires are needed for.
Pack Essentials and Bundle up
When headed out, you should pack a bag full of things you might need if you, unfortunately, get stuck or something happens to your wheelchair. Some example things to bring are food, water, an extra cell phone charger, medication, blankets, or other things to bundle up with, and anything else that can help you in an emergency. Make sure you also bundle up with many layers to keep your body heat up, especially if you are going on a longer trip outside. Besides the traditional hat, gloves, jacket, scarf, and boots you should invest in some thermal undergarments.
Plan Your Route
Before you go out during the winter, you should check that your path to leave is shoveled and ready for you. A great way to get around during these cold months is by taking the bus. Buses are a form of inclusive travel, and almost every public transportation bus is properly equipped to accommodate people in wheelchairs and even wheelchairs that are rigid. Many buses have a lift to help you into the bus or a different way to safely get you access to ride comfortably. Double-check the departure and arrival times of the bus along with the route to make your trip out even easier and safer.
With these tips and tricks, you can get out and explore and experience the wonders of the winter. Always remember to be safe and plan ahead when facing the snow and icy roads.