The weather is changing as we head into the late fall and early winter months. The ground is getting softer. Leaves litter the ground everywhere. There’s a lot more rain and as a result, a lot more mud. All of this means less-than-ideal conditions for driving your power wheelchair. So, here are a few tips to keep your power wheelchair working right.
Remove Mud from Your Motorized Wheelchair
One of the most important things you can do to keep your wheelchair running smoothly is keep it clean. If you go drive over some grass and hit some soft mud, this can cake your tires and front suspension. If you don’t address it, it can cause problems later on and make the components on your motorized wheelchair wear out much faster. So, a good tip: When you get to where you are going, try to park your power chair in a warm and dry place. Once the mud on it dries, you can easily brush it off with a broom or dust brush.
Remove Grass, Sticks and Leaves
With dead branches and leaves littering the ground, it’s important to remove that stuff from your wheelchair. Leaves and small sticks can get lodged into the areas of your power wheelchair base. Make sure you clean out those areas regularly. Even better, if you can avoid areas that are littered with dead grass, leaves and sticks, then do it. During the colder months, it’s best to drive across solid ground, including sidewalks and other hard surfaces.
Rainy Weather and Keeping Your Wheelchair Dry
It’s important to avoid getting caught in the rain or snow when using your motorized wheelchair. Sometimes, it’s unavoidable, so here are some things you can do. Carry plastic bags with you so you can cover your joystick and controller to protect it from the rain or snow. Once you’re home or have reached your destination, make sure you dry off your power chair as best you can.
Doing all these things can help prolong the life of your power wheelchair. Good luck out there!
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.
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