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If you take care of someone in a wheelchair, a time may come when you have to choose a wheelchair ramp for your car. Though it might seem like a minor issue, there are factors that you must take into consideration in order to make sure the person you are caring for is first of all comfortable, and questions you need to ask, especially concerning their safety. Thus, you would want a wheelchair ramp that is portable, easy to use and which does not take up much space.
First, let’s look at popular wheelchair ramps that can be installed in vehicles. There are two types, in-floor ramps and fold-out ramps. The difference between the two are:
In-floor ramps are retractable and can be folded under the vehicle’s floor when not in use. The advantage in-floor ramps have is that they are not in the way when other passengers have to enter or exit the vehicle.
Fold-out ramps are portable or foldable and stand upright along the car’s closed doors when not in use.
It all depends on a couple of questions you must ask yourself:
In-floor ramps are a good choice whether you travel with one front passenger or multiple back passengers. You might find it important that your passengers who are not in a wheelchair reach the back of the car. You will thus need to use an in-floor ramp, as they are foldable. If you have front passengers who need to be comfortable while driving with you then the in-floor ramp is most convenient, as it does not obstruct the passenger’s ability to recline or adjust the front seat. The fold-out ramp will block the seat’s adjustment. It is not much of a problem if the trip is short, but longer trips can become quite uncomfortable.
Tall curbs and steep gradients can be a problem when using a wheelchair ramp for your car. A fold-out ramp is a better option in this regard, as an in-floor ramp might not be able to go over the curb.
If you live in an area with a wet climate, with high amounts of snow and rain, an in-floor ramp would be the best option. A fold-out ramp may be messier under those circumstances.
In general, in-floor ramps are more expensive than fold-out ramps. However, for one person the comfort might be more important than the cost. The manufacturer you choose will also play a role in the price of the wheelchair ramp. Eventually it comes down to choosing the best option for you at the price that is convenient for you.
When using a wheelchair ramp you must take into consideration that it will be exposed to the elements. You want to choose the material of your ramp wisely as the wrong material may wear down quickly. Ramps are made of concrete, wood, steel and aluminum. Aluminum is the best of the bunch, because it has great weight capacity while being light in weight. Also, aluminum ramps are affordable to build, install, maintain and are weather-resistant.
Apart from type and material, you should also look at a couple of other features to make sure you get the best wheelchair ramp for your car.
When looking at the weight capacity consider your weight combined with the weight of your wheelchair to ensure that the ramp can hold your combined weight.
You might have to use a wheelchair ramp in rainy or snowy weather. In these conditions the ramp will be very slippery. Therefore, you will need a ramp with an anti-slip tread to prevent falling.
It should also not be heavy or be hard to lift. You want to have a ramp that can fold and that has a built-in handle for easier transportation.
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