If you live somewhere that tends to get cold weather in the winter, you need to make sure that both you and your wheelchair are ready for the winter weather. You need to invest in snow tires for your wheelchair, make sure your battery is charged before leaving the house, get your wheelchair inspected and repaired, and invest in a backup power source.
Invest in Snow Tires
If you live somewhere where it snows during the winter, it is a good idea to invest in snow tires for your wheelchair. Snow tires will provide you with the grip that you need to easily navigate and control your chair on both snowy and icy surfaces. Snow tires will help ensure that you and your wheelchair do not slip and slide when used outside during the winter time.
Keep Your Battery Charged
Cold weather can put additional strain on batteries of power wheelchairs. Your battery may drain at a faster rate than normal when you have to take your wheelchair outside in the winter, which is why whenever you go outside or leave your house, you should do so on a fully charged battery. Leaving your house with a fully charged battery will help ensure that your wheelchair makes it through your entire trip without draining and drying.
Inspect Your Wheelchair
Have your wheelchair inspected by a wheelchair professional to determine where it may need a little care and maintenance. Cold winter temperatures and rougher conditions outside can cause what feels like small damage to be amplified. It is a good idea to have your wheelchair professionally inspected and maintained this winter. It is kind of like how you would take a car and get it checked up a few times a year; a winter checkup is a good preventative maintenance step so you can fix anything that is wrong or wearing on your wheelchair before it is actually damaged.
Have A Backup Power Source
Finally, since you depend on your wheelchair to get around, make sure that you have a backup power source, especially if you live somewhere that experiences frequent power outages during the winter time. A portable generator that you know how to operate is a good backup power source to keep on hand during the winter time. Be sure to check and make sure that it is working properly before you need to use it this winter.
Make sure that your wheelchair is ready for the winter with a maintenance check, snow tires, and a backup power source. When you leave the house, make sure that your wheelchair battery is fully charged as well.
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