Taking a Loved One With Mobility Needs Out for Valentines Date?

Posted On: 01/27/2017

With Valentine's day approaching many people love taking a friend, family member, or loved one out to celebrate. Renting an handicap accessible vehicle can make the day extra special for a loved one with limited mobility. Here are a few quick tips to help ensure you have the best handicap accessible vehicle for your day out:

  1. How wide is the ramp? How tall is the door opening? These questions are important regardless of what mobility device an individual is using. To measure the width of the mobility device you will want to measure on the ground to the widest outside points of the tires. For height simply measure from the ground to the top of the person's head while they are using their mobility device.

  2. How will you secure the mobility device? Whether the device is a manual chair, power chair, or a scooter there is a safe way to secure the device within the handicap accessible vehicle. Have the mobility dealer walk you through how to use the securements before you leave with the handicap accessible rental vehicle. If the individual is not going to transfer into a seat in the vehicle, verify that there is a seat belt receptacle for the vehicle.  

  3. Where can the mobility device be secured? Many handicap accessible vehicles allow for the front passenger seat to be removed, that way the individual using a mobility device can ride in that position. Ask when you reserve a handicap accessible vehicle if this is a feature, you’ll save a bit of time when you go to pick up the vehicle. Keep in mind if an individual is using a scooter as their mobility device they should always transfer into a seat within the vehicle.

The rest of your handicap accessible vehicle rental will be smooth if you think of these questions before. To find your nearest mobility dealer who offers handicap accessible vehicle rentals, head over to the BLVD.

Author Information

Katie Cummings
Mobility Blogger

My professional background stems from non-profit marketing and fundraising for a large children’s cancer hospital. Every day I was able to make connections and relationships for kids and their families going through devastating times. From securing small donations to large corporate support, it was all about providing hope that one day doctors and researchers would find a cure. It was truly an honor to be a part of something so important.

Just this past year, I came to work alongside my family for BLVD.com, a website dedicated to offering the latest information and resources for people needing mobility products. This was a dream come true for me as I have always wanted to combine more time with my family while still helping others. Our family has been in the mobility industry for over 35 years with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for people with mobility issues. This is the spirit behind BLVD and what I am most excited about sharing in my blog.

I love meeting new people and have found that volunteering is the best way to learn more about others and myself. Coffee keeps me going as do walks my pup "Kirby" and most of all being with family and friends. I invite you to check out my blog to learn more about how "together we can move through life better!"

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