Winter is a tough time for drivers, especially here in Michigan. With the icy road conditions and unpredictable weather patterns, it can be hard to know when it’s safe to hit the roads. In most cases, though, it helps to be prepared. When you’re considering going out in your handicap van, it’s important to keep a few things in mind: safety first and always have a backup plan. In this post, we’re going to provide you with three helpful tips that will ensure that you stay safe while driving your wheelchair van this winter.
Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained
A properly maintained vehicle operates predictably and, when you can’t predict the weather, it helps to be able to predict your van’s behavior. This safeguards you against becoming stranded on the side of the road due to unexpected issues and ensures that your mobility van adequately handles the snowy road conditions.
Make sure the path to your handicap van is clear
Sometimes, the most dangerous travel routes are the most familiar. Our comfort with them encourages carelessness and, too often, this leads to disaster. Before going out, ensure that the path to and from your handicap van is clear of snow and ice.
Tell someone that you plan to go out
If something were to go wrong, it’s critical that you have a backup plan in place. By letting someone know that you plan to go out, they can check in on you and, should something happen, take the necessary steps to ensure your safety.
At Clock Mobility, we want all of our clients to have a safe winter. We encourage them to follow standard safety recommendations in addition to taking a few additional precautions when going out. If you have any concerns about winter driving in your wheelchair van, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re happy to answer any questions that you might have.