When transporting a scooter or wheelchair, getting the chair into your vehicle can be a challenge. Van ramps are a simple way to make vehicles, such as SUVs and vans accessible for wheelchairs, scooters, and other mobility aids.
Van ramps come in a variety of sizes and styles. Most van ramps fold up to save space so that they can be easily transported and are readily available to unload the wheelchair or scooter. These ramps are built to be strong and stable but also portable, making them a versatile choice. Many ramps can be used with the back hatch or with the side entrance of a van, giving you a choice of loading locations.
Van ramps pose a major financial advantage, in that they are more affordable than buying a vehicle which is pre-equipped with a ramp system. Additionally, van ramps can mean that you don’t have to invest in a vehicle lift, or in its installation. Van ramps can be permanently installed, but they can also be used temporarily and removed from the vehicle whenever they’re not needed.
Ramps are generally simple and fast to use. Unfold them, hook them up to the vehicle, and load or unload the scooter or wheelchair. The whole process takes a matter of minutes, and you can fold up the ramps and keep them in your vehicle or in storage until you need them again. Ramps can make many larger vehicles accessible so that transporting a wheelchair or scooter is not an issue.
Opt for Longer Ramps
If you’re going back and forth between two ramp lengths, then opt for the longer ramp. A longer ramp means that the angle to your vehicle will be less steep, making it easier and safer to load and unload. Don’t forget to also double-check that the ramp you purchase can safely support the weight of the wheelchair or scooter.
Keep Safety In Mind
Whenever you’re working with van ramps or are loading or unloading a wheelchair or scooter, it’s important to keep yourself and others safe. Make sure that you fully read and understand the instructions for the ramp’s use, and always keep yourself out of the way in case you should lose control of the scooter or wheelchair.