Winter Driving and Your Wheelchair Van

We haven’t exactly had the snowfall to prove it, but winter is here, and its time to think of the preventative measures each of us can take to make winter driving easier and safer.

If you happen to be a wheelchair user, these precautions are even more important because you can’t necessarily catch a ride with someone passing by if you slide off the road or get stranded.

Driving Tips to Remember:

  • Make sure you’re wearing the right clothing. Should the worst happen and you get stranded in your wheelchair van, you’ll want to be sure you’re wearing warm layers and all the necessary gear it takes to stay warm. Keep some blankets in storage too!
  • A basic step many people overlook: scrape the snow off your van! Granted if you’re a wheelchair user, this is a little easier said than done. If you don’t have someone else who can do a thorough job of scraping for you, keep a broom in your van to get to the hard-to-reach spots (that great idea came from one of our Facebook friends a while back).
  • Ever had a sheet of snow slide down your roof and onto your windshield for a few terrifying seconds? Avoid that panic by clearing snow off from the top down. Start at the roof, and make your way down, paying close attention to headlights, taillights, and mirrors.
  • Keep some de-icer on hand to help melt ice on mirrors, windows and door locks. Clear whatever ice remains with an ice scraper.
  • Think about walking on ice in old tennis shoes instead of a good pair of snow boots. If you are driving on tires with bad tread and improper inflation, you’re asking for trouble.
  • And remember, if you’re driving a lowered floor vehicle, your ground clearance is obviously lower take it slow!
  • Finally, two words: Remote start!

Whether you’re driving a BraunAbility van or not, we want you to be safe. Please do yourself and everyone else on the road a favor and take the proper precautions, both before you hit the road and once you’re on it. Safe travels, everyone!