Accessible Road Trip Tips
Road trips can be some of the most exciting experiences to share with family and friends. They are often more economical than long distance flights and allow you to see more of your surroundings than a bird’s eye view has to offer. In modified or wheelchair accessible vehicles, road trips can be shared with those living with a disability. Here are some tips to make your next road trip a smooth transition into vacation mode:
Comforts of Home
Road trips often get a bad rap for being knee bumping, back hurting experiences. To avoid starting your trip out on a sour note, pack your vehicle full of some of your favorite comfort items from home. A soft blanket and pillow duo can do wonders for your comfort levels, as can relaxing,
familiar music and warm slippers. Avoid constricting fabrics like heavy denim, opting for loose fitting, light clothing instead. One of the best parts about road trips is that they require little outside interaction, which means there is not much stopping you from wearing pajamas throughout!
Tech Time Savers
With the widespread use of smartphones and accessibility of information via the web, being out on the road does not mean you have to be out of touch. The introduction of apps has further transformed travel, with important fuel and lodging info just a few finger taps away. Before heading out on your next road trip, equip your smartphone with hotel locators like Booking.com or KAYAK which let you book rooms if you find yourself needing last minute accommodations due to unforeseen road circumstances. Fuel finders like GasBuddy also give you information on nearby gas stations and even include pricing! With apps like these, road trips can quickly become a great tradition to share with family and friends.
Before embarking on a road trip, make sure your vehicle has been through all recommended inspections and maintenance updates for its mileage and conditions. Check the pressure in each of your car or van’s tires, as well as the spare, and make certain that all vehicle conversions are in proper working condition. Wheelchair restraints and other modifications completed to better accommodate drivers or passengers with disabilities should be tested for safety and comfort, especially if this will be your first long distance trip with the conversions.
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.