Top Tips for the Disabled in Hot Weather


Many disabled people are more vulnerable to high temperatures because of their condition. Here Ransome Mobility, specialists in vehicle mobility in Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and across East Anglia, provide some top tips on how to live – and drive – in extremely hot weather.

 

Clothing

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and don’t be tempted to expose a lot of skin. This is because you are better protected if you cover up with long-sleeved tops or shirts rather than short-sleeved garments. Don’t forget your hat either, for the same reason. However, if you must go out and reveal a lot of skin, then don’t forget your sunscreen.

 

Water, Water Everywhere…

It is essential you stay properly hydrated in the hot weather, particularly if you have a medical condition or disability. So make sure you drink plenty of water – two litres is the recommended daily amount. However, in hot weather, consider drinking more. Water or fruit juices are also a good choice, as these will help you replace the salt your body loses through perspiration. Avoid drinks with added sugars, plus anything with caffeine such as tea or coffee, as well as alcohol.

And remember, water is for cleaning as well as drinking. Take plenty of showers (they are less expensive than baths, and use less water) and at a lower temperature than normal as this will help you to not just stay clean but also cool.

 

Keep Cool

It can be tempting to throw the curtains wide open and open the windows, but all you will be doing is bringing the heat from outside inside, particularly if there is no breeze. Only open curtains and windows just before bedtime, when the temperature outside has hopefully cooled.

Shade or cover any windows exposed to direct sunlight. Shutters are particularly effective, but metallic blinds or dark curtains can actually make a room feel hotter. The NHS recommends using electric fans if the temperature is below 35°C, but to avoid aiming the fan directly at your body.

Remember keeping cool is particularly important for people with certain conditions like Multiple Sclerosis. This is because the nerve damage which accompanies this condition means their body doesn’t send out the correct signals, and they can quickly overheat.

 

Motoring

If you need to go out and about, whether it’s for work or to the shops, make sure your wheelchair access vehicle is in good working order. Specifically, this means checking on:

  • The air conditioning and the electric windows – for your own comfort
  • Tyre pressure – blowouts are more common in hot weather
  • The weather forecast – not just for the temperatures, but if the hot weather is likely to break and you could need a coat or umbrella
  • Traffic reports – you don’t want to get caught in a roadworks-related jam, potentially for many hours.

Make sure you have sunglasses if there’s likely to be a lot of glare, and pack plenty of drinks too.

You can also consider sharing the driving if it is a long trip. However, this does depend on if it’s feasible, given that it may mean reconfiguring the car (from a disabled driver to an able-bodied one, or vice versa).

 

Vehicle Mobility in Cambridge with Ransome Mobility

At Ransome Mobility, we supply nearly new and used WAVs to customers in Suffolk, Norfolk and across East Anglia.

Follow this link to find out what we currently have in stock. Don’t worry if you can’t see what you are looking for there, call us on 01473 727263 because we may be able to source it for you, thanks to our excellent trade contacts.

Also remember we can fit a number of vehicle adaptations to many different makes and models of vehicle, such as twin-flip and left foot accelerators, steering wheel balls and push pull hand controls. So a vehicle that may not initially appear suitable for your needs could be made perfect for you.

And, if you are worried about any of the electrical components or tyres on your WAV not operating correctly in the hot conditions, call us, and we will be happy to check them for you.

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