Great Tips on Protecting Your Wheelchair in the Rain

I’m sure you have heard of the expression: “April showers being may flowers.” Well, April tends to be one of the rainiest months on record during the year. I would rather have rain than snow. Even though I enjoy how the snow looks on the ground, it’s harder for me to go out in my power wheelchair. The cold affects my muscles and my ability to stay warm.

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So, the rainy season is more than welcomed in my book. Usually, I’m down south during the winter and in Florida. It pretty much rains every day. The rain comes from out of nowhere and rains for a short period of time. Then, the sun returns with clear skies. So, I have a few tricks to keep the rain off my power wheelchair.

Keep a Poncho at Hand

The first thing I keep with me is a folded-up poncho. You can buy one of these cheap ponchos for $10 at any big box retailer. Because the poncho is pretty flat, I actually store mine in between my seat cushion and seat pan. If it suddenly starts raining, both my power wheelchair and I don’t get wet in a downpour.

Keep an Umbrella Handy

Another thing I do to protect my motorized wheelchair from rain is keep an umbrella in my wheelchair-accessible van. This helps when you know it’s going to rain. Sometimes you might not have enough time to go to your vehicle to get umbrella, so that’s when I end up pulling out the poncho.

Have Towels Ready

Another thing I do to prepare for rainy weather is I keep a hand cloth and a towel in my car. I use these to wipe any moisture off my Q-Logic 3 controller on my motorized wheelchair. I also may be sitting on electronic components. You don’t want to leave any water sitting on your chair. defiantly make sure you wipe water off your chair. I’m wondering if anyone has any rain remedies that they would like to share. I’m curious abound what you do when your caught in a downpour, so you don’t get wet.

About Josh McDermott: Josh is a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. He is a public speaker and has served as a goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Josh lives in New York and loves to travel. Click hereto learn more about Josh.


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