Tips for keeping your wheelchair van dependable while keeping yourself safe
Keeping your wheelchair van and mobility equipment dependable, especially for those who work at “essential” businesses and need to commute, is on the top of most people’s lists.
People in many parts of the country have been advised to stay home, and everyone should follow that advice and practice social distancing as much as possible. However, there are many basic care tasks that can be performed in your driveway, safely at home. Watch this short video, from our partners at BraunAbility, as they take you through a few simple steps that you can take to keep you safe. They’ll cover inspecting certain equipment such as:
- The door track in your wheelchair van
- The wheelchair ramp hinges
- The door rollers in your wheelchair van
- The battery
- Tire pressure and wear
- Tie-Down tracks
If you have a true mechanical problem and/or your check-engine light is on, you should make an appointment immediately with your local United Access dealership.
Wash Your Car
Maintaining a clean exterior is a good way to protect the paint on your wheelchair accessible vehicle. This can be easily taken care of at a drive-through car wash; just be sure to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands after using the keypad.
If you haven’t washed the car since winter, spend a little extra for an undercarriage spray to remove salt and road grime. You should do this once a season.
Touchless car washes are safer on the finish, but they often don’t clean as well. Experts advise that modern paint can withstand scrub brushes, but be wary of brushes or cloths that are dirty.
Hand-washing your vehicle is the safest choice, but often not the most practical. If you are going to hand wash your wheelchair van, try using a dedicated car wash soap and sponge or mitt. Wash your vehicle in the shade, one section at a time, starting with the top surfaces and working down. Be sure to use a separate sponge for the wheels and tires to avoid transferring sand, brake dust, and other debris that can mar the finish.
Here When You Need Us
If you feel concerned and you want to reschedule your service appointments, please let us know. In the meantime, if you still want or need to have your wheelchair accessible vehicle or mobility equipment serviced, we are here for you anyway you need us.
- You come to us: Schedule an appointment and come in to your local United Access
- Pick up and Drop off: We will come to you. There are certain circumstances when a United Access service technician will come to your home, pick up your vehicle, drive it to United Access to perform the service and then drop it back off to your house. You never have to leave home. Best of all, we are waiving pick up and drop off fees to you during this time of crisis.
- We come to you: There are certain circumstances where we may be able to perform specific services at your home. Please call us at 877-501-8267 or email us to find out more.
Your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We want you to know that United Access is here for you whenever you need us.