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Transporting Assistive Devices

Wheelchair carriers are used to transport different types of assistive devices including wheelchairs and scooters. Wheelchair users need carriers especially when they need to travel long distances. For this reason, wheelchair carriers should always be at hand. However, owning a carrier is not the only thing to note when transporting mobility devices. Because of this, it is important to first be familiar with the different types of carriers available.

Generally, carriers can be placed at the top, inside, or in the trunk of vehicles. They have become so convenient because they are simple to mount. Because of wheelchair carriers, it is no longer difficult to load wheelchairs onto or into vehicles. Furthermore, they ensure ease of travel and peace of mind.

Most people who travel often use foldable wheelchairs making them easy to transport. By simply folding the wheelchair and placing the wheelchair in the boot or in the back of any vehicle, wheelchair users can travel with ease. Those who do not use foldable wheelchairs attach the wheelchair carrier to the vehicle where it can be permanently installed. This way, there is no need to install the carrier each time the wheelchair user wants to travel.

Wheelchair carriers come in a variety of models. One of the most common types is the automatic "car top" carrier, they are operated using an electric motor controlled by switches. This is preferred by people using standard wheelchairs and have vehicles large enough to carry the weight and bulk of the wheelchair on its roof.

Another form of wheelchair carrier is mounted on or to the vehicles bumper. The installation of such a device requires drilling holes into the bumper - this should preferably be carried out by a professional. They can be easily moved to access the back of the vehicle. These types of carrier are best suited for standard wheelchairs.

Other types include the "Tow Hook mounted carrier" and the "pick up carrier". The tow hook mounted carrier simply tips to one side for easy loading of the wheelchair and tips to another side to store it, in comparison the pick-up carrier lifts the wheelchair using a motor and places it on the vehicle bed for transportation.

Although carriers are mainly used for standard wheelchairs (manual or attendant wheelchairs), they can also be used for carrying electric wheelchairs and scooters. Standard sized carriers can safely lift up to 350 pounds. Carriers are often made of aluminium making them lightweight and rust proof. After installation, they can be used by physically disabled people without assistance.

Other common features of wheelchair carriers include foldable platforms and handles. Furthermore, straps and locks are available to keep the wheelchair in place while it is being lifted and transported. Sometimes, people prefer those with special features that keep the wheelchair from rattling while being transported. This feature also ensures that the wheelchair will not be damaged during transportation. Weather resistant covers or canopies are available to allow anyone to transport their wheelchairs whatever the weather conditions may be.

Because of the wide variety of wheelchair carriers available on the market, it is best to first evaluate your needs and choose one that will suit not only your preferences but your lifestyle as well. Wheelchair carriers can cost a considerable amount of money so it would be smart to shop around before plunging in at the deep end.

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