I’m Getting a Mobility Scooter… Now How Do I Transport It?
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.
Scooter Transportation Safety
A scooter should never be occupied during transport. Four-point tie downs or scooter docking stations should always be used to secure a scooter to assure that it never becomes a projectile in the event of an accident.
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.
For additional information, contact our Client Care Center.
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