Staying Safe in Your WAV this Winter

Used WAVs Suffolk, Norfolk

Wheelchair access vehicles can be a vital lifeline with the outside world for many people, particularly in winter, when you could still have to make vital trips to work, the shops, or to keep essential medical appointments.

Ransome Mobility supplies used WAVs in Norfolk, Suffolk and across the whole of East Anglia. We take a keen interest in all issues surrounding motoring for those with mobility issues. Here are our top safety tips for making sure you enjoy a winter of trouble-free driving in your WAV, even when the weather is at its coldest.

Keep Your WAV Well Maintained

It’s important to make sure the vehicle is in an excellent condition before undertaking any trips in cold weather. This includes checking you are well stocked up with items such as de-icer and screenwash, making sure your tyres have enough tread, and that your windscreen wipers are in good working order.

If you have any concerns Ransome offer a full after-sales service so we will be happy to look at the car for you. And if you buy insurance from us, all our competitively-priced policies will come with a breakdown cover clause via our partners Fish Insurance.

Look After Your Wheelchair

You should also ensure the wheelchair going into the WAV is in good condition too, and particularly its tyres. Check they are kept as clean as possible, and free of any grit and stones. It may be possible to buy special cold-weather tyres for added grip.

Make sure the means of entry into the WAV is in good working order too, including for vehicles driven from the wheelchair, such as those fitted with the Carony Drive System. Cold weather can affect items such as lifts and hoists, so it is important to test them regularly and ideally just before setting out.

Ransome can supply a wide range of top-quality products in this area, including the Ricon K and S Series wheelchair lifts. We are also experienced in fitting WAVs with wheelchair and scooter hoists capable of carrying loads from 40kg up to 200kg.

Cold weather sometimes means snow and ice can be a problem on your driveway and pathways when you get into the WAV, so try to make sure all surfaces are clear in advance. If this is a problem, then you could ask a friendly neighbour to do it for you. You should also take plenty of care once you reach your destination, as that too may be slippery underfoot.

Have a Winter Checklist

Even for shorter trips, it’s advisable to make a list of essential items you will need in case of emergencies, whether you are driving the WAV or are a passenger. Make sure you have some food and a hot drink, and wear plenty of warm clothing.

It is also a good idea to carry a fully charged mobile phone. Make sure other people know where you are going and remember to exchange numbers in case there is a problem.

Allow Extra Time

The uncertain weather is another reason for allowing more time for your journey. Even if it looks fine when you start out, it can deteriorate very quickly. Check the forecast and, if it is particularly bad, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid the worst of the conditions.

You should not be tempted to set off immediately in cold weather, as you need to allow plenty of time for your de-icer to work. Your windscreen and mirrors should be completely clear of condensation and mist, as you could easily have an accident if your visibility is reduced.

Once you are under way, it is usually advisable to drive at a slower speed. This means even shorter trips will take longer than usual, so you should make sure you have plenty of fuel in your tank too.

Ransome Mobility  can offer a wide variety of used WAVs to customers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. Follow the link above to find out what vehicles we currently have available.  If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, contact us and our friendly, professional staff should be able to find the vehicle which meets all your requirements.

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