Not a week goes by that I don’t hear from a customer or read an article about someone on a chair,
manual or power or on a scooter getting injured or worse. Sometimes it’s a customer who hasn’t taken
the time to read through an Owner’s manual to find out about how you approach a steep curb cut or
climbing an incline. Just this week I heard from a customer who was backing a chair down a ramp while
sitting in the chair. Mobility is critical but safety is right alongside it.
The world can be a dangerous place for the able-bodied, even more dangerous for those with physical
challenges and limitations. A few suggestions for you. Start out by reading your Owner’s Manual about
how to negotiate a curb cut or climb an inclined surface or a ramp. Make sure your ramp is ADA
Compliant as all of today’s chairs and scooters are engineered to be stable on ADA Compliant ramps.
Use your common sense. If you’re not sure, call a dealer or even the Manufacturer and ask a question.
We are headquartered in Florida, the land of eternal sunshine. People are out and about on their
mobility chairs and scooters 12 months out of the year. As a result, we have a disproportionate number
of vehicular collisions with chair and scooter users and sadly enough, they almost all end up with a
fatality and an ‘I didn’t see them’. Visibility is key. There are many ways to enhance your visibility. If you
can be seen, your safety is incredibly enhanced. Battery operated lights, on board lights, reflective tape
and bright clothing are just a few ways to enhance your visibility and thus your safety. Many of the
newer chairs and scooters have LED running lights. Invest in a few battery operated bicycle lights, be
seen, and be safe.
Buy some reflective tape, go to the auto parts store and buy a .99 cent reflector or 5 of them and glue
them to all sides of your chair and scooter. We don’t want to hear another ‘I just didn’t see them’. Please
don’t become a grim statistic.