Wheelchair accessible vehicles or specially modified rides are not only a big investment but can also open doors and make otherwise difficult tasks considerably less stressful. In the colder months, a van outfitted with the right mobility equipment can act as a barrier against harsh temperatures and inclement weather while helping you get where you need to go. Because these vehicles are such significant parts of our lives, it’s important that we take the time to make sure they are properly maintained.

Tires and Windshield Wipers

It is crucial to pay special attention to the parts of your vehicle that will have the most contact with the elements. Cold temperatures can be harsh on tires, so checking them periodically can greatly reduce the chances of a bad-driving experience this winter. Inspect your tires’ tread and determine if they need to be replaced and check their pressure in order to provide maximum grip and prevent blowouts. The frigid season also means icy windshields and falling snow for some areas, so make sure your windshield wipers are in top shape and will be able to keep your view of the road free from obstructions.

Under the Hood

Learning about the inner workings of our vehicles is intimidating for most of us. However, you do not need to be a specially trained mechanic to perform a few easy checks under the hood of your car to make sure it is ready to take on the winter months. Simply checking your antifreeze and windshield washer fluid can save you both time and trouble and with countless instructional videos and tutorials on how to quickly and effectively assess your situation, these don’t have to be a stressful task. If you are more comfortable having a professional take care of these inspections, make sure you pay them a visit before the season is in full swing to avoid any dangers on the road!

Emergencies

Life is unpredictable – that is something we are all very aware of. Although every situation is different, there are a few things we can all do to better prepare ourselves for unexpected circumstances. Always keep an emergency kit in your car, fully stocked with flashlights, battery powered charger for your cellphone, and flares, as well as other items you might find yourself needing like a sweater, walking shoes, nonperishable foods, water and rain jacket. Be sure that these things are kept somewhere that can be easily accessed from the drivers’ seat or inside the cabin, in case it is unsafe to exit the vehicle.

Follow these simple tips and be on your way to a safe winter behind the wheel. As always, for more tips, tricks and information be sure to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages!

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.

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