We’re deep in the throes of winter right now, and living in Maryland, we know that snow is always just around the corner. Snow is a pain in the butt for everyone, but none more so than those of us who get around using wheelchairs. Most wheelchairs aren’t exactly suited for traversing snowy terrain, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be outfitted to be. Freedom Mobility has been providing Marylanders with disability equipment rental and services for years, and today, we wanted to talk about how you can prepare your wheelchair for the snow.
Throwing Salt Out Prior is a Great Prep Idea
One of the first things you should do, regardless of the kind of chair you have, is disperse salt (or another deicing agent) prior to the snowfall. We may not always bebe completely up to date on the weather, but it’s a good idea to keep a bag of salt around in case you see snow is coming. Throwing it out on your pathways and driveways will help melt the snow, and will make them much easier to traverse.
How to Prepare Your Powered Wheelchair for the Snow
Batteries, including those that power automatic wheelchairs, tend not to hold charges well in colder weather. Additionally, your battery may strain itself trying to move through ice and snow, as it is trying to turn the wheels harder. Before you ever take your powered wheelchair out in the snow, you should make sure it has a full battery.
Powered wheelchairs are automatic, and are powered by electricity, while snow is just frozen water. Electronics and water do not mix. When taking your powered wheelchair out into the snow, it’s not a bad idea to cover your joystick with a cover or plastic bag. Melting ice and snow could affect your joystick, and you definitely don’t want ti to fail while you’re out in the cold.
How to Prepare Your Manual Wheelchair for the Snow
Your wheelchair is likely going to have a rough time making it through snow, and it will take a good deal of strength and effort to use a manual wheelchair. One way you can make it easier on yourself is to tighten up all of the hardware on your chair. Doing so will ensure everything is turning and moving smoothly, and will allow for the easiest use possible.
Wearing gloves is another way you can make your life easier using a manual wheelchair out in the snow. It’s going to be cold, and anyone who’s ever been out in the cold knows that your fingers are one of the first parts of the body to succumb to the cold. Wearing gloves or mittens, though it may be difficult to turn your wheels wearing mittens, will keep your hands dry and warm.
Learn More from a Mobility Specialist with Years of Experience Serving Maryland Communities
This winter, you don’t have to worry about the snow. By outfitting your wheelchair, be it a manual or powered one, you can breeze through ice and snow just as you would normally. Are you interested in learning more about how you can outfit your wheelchair? If you need help setting something up, or are looking for some parts suitable to go through snow, you should stop by our showroom in Hanover, MD. Alternatively, you can also give us a call at (443-214-3305) to ask any questions you may have, or you can request a free consultation on our website. We look forward to working with you this winter!