With summer quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to rent an accessible vehicle from MobilityWorks. We are excited to announce our summer savings program, where you can save 10%* during July, August and September. MobilityWorks now has over 65 rental locations stretching from Maine to California. All of our rental vans come equipped with easy-to-use retractable tie-downs, and we offer both side and rear entry ramps. You also have peace of mind with our 24 hour emergency hotline in case of emergency.
We offer service to and from 13 of the 20 busiest airports in the United States, and many of our locations can come directly to you. Booking a rental is now even easier with our online rental reservation form. If you have any questions about our rental program, please call 877-275-4915.
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Compatibility With Your Vehicle and Travel Lifestyle are Key Issues
There are many options from which to choose when deciding how to best transport mobility scooters. The best option is usually determined by having a professional Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) perform a needs analysis with you. He/she will ask questions about your physical abilities and limitations, anticipated type and frequency of use, the scooter itself and the type of vehicle being used to transport it. Once the CMC knows that information, they can recommend adaptive equipment that is compatible with your vehicle, your scooter and your lifestyle.
Sometimes a client will simply use a scooter lift that is concealed in the trunk of a car or cargo area of an SUV. Other times an external lift mounted to a tow hitch may be indicated. And there is always the option of getting a lowered floor minivan with an automatic ramp. The door and ramp can be operated remotely from a key fob, so the scooter operator can simply drive right inside to transfer.
When selecting any adaptive driving equipment for your scooter, always make sure that it is FMVSS and NHTSA compliant. For further safety assurance, make sure that the equipment is supplied by a NMEDA member in good standing. This will make certain that the equipment meets all federal safety standards, and is installed by an accredited Quality Assurance Program distributor.
In the spring of 2015, Cory Lee was featured on the front of MobilityWork’s annual InMotion newsletter. Cory is a travel enthusiast, a dedicated blogger, and a wonderful advocate for improving accessibility worldwide. He was featured after renting an accessible van from MobilityWorks and winning our Instagram contest. Since then, Cory has been a busy man travelling all over the globe!
His 2016 started with a snowy trip to Helsinki, Finland. Upon his arrival, Cory knew that he had to check out the top rated TripAdvisor destination of Suomenlinna. This small island and former military fort is just a 15 minute accessible ferry ride away from Helsinki. While on the island, Cory enjoyed breathtaking views of historic churches, monuments and was able to warm up in the island’s museum and coffee shops.
Cory’s next adventure in 2016 had been on his bucket list for a long time! While in Las Vegas, he was able to ride in an accessible hot air balloon. (Watch the video of his ride here) Cory was surprised with how smooth the entire process was, even the landing in a rocky field next to a shopping plaza. The crew from “Love is in the Air Ballooning” met them at the land site where they all enjoyed breakfast and a traditional champagne toast. A few months later Cory was back in a hot air balloon, this time over the Negev Desert while visiting Israel.
One of Cory’s most inspiring trips last year was to Kruger National Park in South Africa. Going on a Safari was another life long dream that Cory was able to cross off his bucket list in 2016. He was one of 3 wheelchair users in the group that was offered by the travel company Epic Enabled. While on the safari, Cory spotted tigers, elephants, giraffes and rhinos to name a few of the exotic wildlife they encountered.
In 2017 Cory Lee plans to visit Scandinavia, Russia and return to the Mall of America in Minneapolis. To keep up with his incredible accessible adventures visit www.curbfreewithcorylee.com or visit his Facebook Page.
Through the use of cameras, sensors and computers, on-road test vehicles are successfully driving themselves!
What just a few years ago seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming a reality. Technology giants such as Google and Apple are teaming up with major automobile manufacturers in developing and road-testing self-driving cars and smaller SUVs. Google’s concept cars are already on the road this very minute! So how long will it be until you can purchase an accessible vehicle that drives itself?
All of the models on the road are currently in beta-testing, but Google has claimed that they hope these vehicles will be for sale to the general public by 2020. There were huge strides earlier this month when the federal government announced guidelines and procedures for safety and operation. One of the big challenges that remains is how this will affect insurance companies, especially if there are accidents. The scenario has already taken place when a Google Lexus AV (autonomous vehicle) drove into the side of a bus at low speed in Mountain View, CA.
Realistically, it will be several years before you will be able to purchase a self-driving minivan or larger SUV. Most of the models being tested are smaller vehicles like the Tesla Model S or Ford Fusion. However, earlier this summer Business Insider posted a picture of a self driving Ford Transit on the Golden Gate Bridge.
New Driver-Assist Technologies Available Today
It’s safe to assume that it will be another 10 years or more before self-driving accessible vehicles will be available. It’s anyone’s guess as to how soon it will become a reality. In the meantime, there is some exciting new technology available today for drivers to enjoy! The 2017 Wheelchair Accessible Chrysler Pacifica will be available at MobilityWorks by early next year and it has some optional features that are a step closer to self-driving. One of them is LaneSense, which provides a gentle corrective action if you move out of your lane without the turn signal being activated. Forward collision warning utilizes cameras and sensors, and will even break for you if an accident is imminent. The 360 Surround View Camera makes parking and maneuvering tight spaces a breeze! While these technology features don’t equal the excitement surrounding the use of self-driving cars, they are a step in the right direction toward making vehicles safer and more technologically advanced.
Travelling can be a daunting experience for everyone, and even more so for those with a disability. There’s so much to think about: how you’re going to get to your destination, where you’re going to stay, insurance, airport transfers… the list goes on. There’s even MORE to think about when you’re disabled: what equipment will you need to bring, will your airline cater for your needs, will your accommodation be accessible?
My name is Martyn Sibley, and I’m a huge travel enthusiast. I was born with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) so I’ve been a wheelchair user my whole life.
Just the thought of accessible travel is enough to put most people off; there’s just too much to think about. I’m here to make things easier for you. I’m going to give you 10 handy tips to help make your next accessible holiday, a less stressful experience for everybody.
Ring the airport AND your airline prior to your holiday.
Of course, the earlier the better as it allows them to prepare for your visit. If you are a wheelchair user, you will need to book yourself a normal seat on the airplane. Ring the airport you are travelling from, tell them your flight and inform them that you will need assistance. After, ring your airline company and inform them of exactly the same. Between them, they will assist you and ensure you have a pleasant flight.
Ring your accommodation.
As before, inform them of your stay and notify them of any assistance you may need. This is a chance to ask any questions you may have, and to find out if this accommodation is FULLY accessible and able to cater for your needs. I also highly recommend that you ask if they have any equipment available to hire.
Ensure you have FULL, valid insurance.
It may be costly, BUT it’s worth every penny. If you need any form of assistance during your holiday, the last thing you want is a horrifying bill to return home to. Ensure you tell your insurance company of every existing and pre-existing conditions, so you’re covered for everything.
Insure your equipment.
Many people don’t think about this, but what happens if your wheelchair or any other form of equipment breaks during your flight? If you insure your equipment, you will be covered for these circumstances, and your equipment will be replaced, or you will be given the equivalent value.
Separate your ‘must-haves’ from your ‘may-needs’.
Of course, you know exactly what equipment you need and what you don’t. If you’ve contacted your accommodation beforehand, you should be aware if they have any equipment available to hire. If they provide manual hoists, there’s no need to bring yours too. It’s very easy to over-pack, which is why you should rethink what you really need.
Label ALL your equipment.
This is something else many people don’t think about, but can come in very handy. Write your name, address and contact number on your equipment, just in case it goes missing during your travels. I’m aware at how expensive equipment can be, so the last thing you need is for your brand new manual hoist to go missing during your flight!
Research and plan how you’re going to travel around your destination.
This may seem obvious, BUT decide how you’re going to travel around, ensuring you have all the details you need. Taxi, underground/ subway, bus, hire car, train, tram… Everyone has their preferences, but decide which will be the most convenient mode of transport for you. Top Tip: It’s also handy to have the information of a second mode of transport, just in case.
Have a way to get extra money if need be.
Of course you’re going to take more than enough money for your trip, but it’s always handy to have access to or bring spare just in case. What if your wheelchair breaks and you need to hire another one? What if the bus breaks down and you need to call for a taxi? What if the manual hoist the hotel provided for you isn’t sufficient, and you need to hire another? It’s always handy to have spare money just in case.
Get the details of an equipment hire company.
This is essential if you use a range of different equipment. I understand that to some, equipment such as a hoist or shower chair is an essential part of their everyday life, so it’s handy to know of a company that you can hire from whilst on holiday.
Print ALL of your documents.
This doesn’t just mean your flight/ boarding passes and accommodation vouchers, this means ATOL certificates, insurance details, taxi numbers, equipment hire company details… the lot. You’ll probably find that you won’t need half of the information, but it’s handy to have.
I have many other top tips to hand, but these are by far the top 10. If you want more help and advice on how you can book and experience a less stressful, more enjoyable accessible holiday, then click here.
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