Now that you might be using mobility scooters to get around, you might think that you will have to say goodbye to some of the things that you love to do. For example, you might think that taking a road trip is out of the question when you use a mobility scooter. These are three things you can do to have an enjoyable road trip when you rely on a mobility scooter.
1. Make Sure You Can Transport It
You don't want to leave home without it, so you're going to have to figure out how you're going to transport your mobility scooter. If you're new to using a mobility scooter, you might not have purchased a vehicle that is large enough to transport it, and you might not have made adjustments to your current vehicle to make transporting your mobility scooter possible. It is possible to have alterations done to your current vehicle so that you'll have a lift that will carry your mobility scooter while you're on the road. If you don't want to do all of that before taking your road trip, you could also consider renting a wheelchair accessible van or another vehicle that is large enough to transport your mobility scooter. Just make sure that there aren't any strict mileage restrictions.
2. Bring Along a Portable Wheelchair
Even though you might prefer to use your mobility scooter whenever possible, you may want to bring a portable wheelchair along for the trip as well. Then, when you need to take a quick bathroom break while you're on your road trip, you don't have to go through the hassle of getting your mobility scooter out of the car and then loading it back up just a few minutes later. Choosing a lightweight portable wheelchair that can easily fold up and be kept conveniently in the passenger area of your car will make quick trips out of the vehicle easy.
3. Book Accessible Accommodations Ahead of Time
When booking hotels along your road trip, you'll probably want to look for hotels that have accessible rooms. These rooms are often bigger to accommodate mobility scooters and large wheelchairs. There may also be other accommodations to help you stay comfortable; for example, the shower may be set up so that you don't have to step up to get in the shower. If you call the hotels that you are thinking about staying at, you can ask about the accessible accommodations that might be available.