Mobility scooter or wheelchair ramps are regularly an afterthought post the purchase of a mobility scooter.
When you are looking to buy a ramp you should think about how you will use it. This has an important bearing on the type of ramp that will be most appropriate for your needs. Typical circumstances where a ramp is used include:
Where the ramp is to be used at a public entrance or access point it must be able to accommodate other users as well. This may exclude the use of portable ramps unless you are prepared to pack them away after each use.
Where the ramp is needed when you are out and about, it needs to be compact and lightweight so it is easily carried. Loading or unloading a scooter from a vehicle can be done with a variety of different ramps.
Ideally, the scooter ramp should come with a non-slip surface so that the wheels of the scooter can cling to it easily, even when it is placed at a steep incline.
Lots of different types of ramps have been created for people with different needs and it is a good idea to consider your needs carefully before purchasing and take a good look around at what is available.
As mobility ramps come in a number of different lengths, it is essential to carefully measure the flight of stairs, curb or other area that needs to be accessed to ensure that you order the right length for your needs, while the width of the ramp is another factor that should be taken into consideration.
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Many of the leading scooter ramps are light enough so that they can be transported easily to any desired location and secured firmly in place. People who are unable to climb a flight of steps can easily roll over the smooth surface of the ramp in their mobility scooter without having to get up and be helped up the stairs, which provides the user with extra freedom and independence.
Telescopic ramps for mobility scooters or wheelchairs can be folded when they are not in use and stored in a convenient place in the home. Most of these ramps are also small enough so that they can be placed in a car boot and taken out on day trips so that people who are confined to a mobility scooter can always be sure they will be able to access the café, restaurant or museum of their choice.
People who choose cheap mobility scooter ramps may well find that they are not durable or strong enough to meet their needs. If the scoot ramp is permanently fixed in an outdoor space, it needs to be weather resistant so that it will not become damaged by excessive sun and wind.
While aluminium is a popular choice for this type of scooter ramp, it is essential to make sure that they provide enough grip as they could easily become slippery during wet weather, which could make them dangerous. People who wish to take their scooter ramp with them when they go out will also need to choose the model carefully if they are travelling alone, as the weight of the ramp could make folding and carrying it a real chore.
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