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Power wheel chairs are used by many who are disabled or who cannot easily move around on their own. The best thing about these chairs is that they can be used both inside and outside. But if you are going to go visit stores and ride around town in them you need to know what to do and how to do it safely.

  • Like with anything that is motorized you need to make sure that you put on your safety belt. any power wheel chair that is purchased should come with one of these.
  • Make sure that you know how to properly drive it before you take it outside. These can be easier than standard wheel chairs – but at the same time they can be a bit tricky. Never play around with them and try to do tricks.
  • It is always important to make sure that there are wheelie bars on it. If they did not come with it than you can purchase them and install them yourself.
  • Make sure that when you are driving them your hands are not near the wheel spokes.
  • Not everyone is used to looking out for people on these chairs and will not be too careful when driving. It is always important that you be observant to your surroundings and that you don’t run into anyone and are going in the right direction.
  • When on sidewalks be careful not to get stuck or cross over pot holes and large cracks. These can damage the wheels and may get stuck.
  • Make sure that you stay on the sidewalks and try to avoid the crosswalks if possible. Although cars are supposed to stop for these most will forget and might not see you. These power chairs are not always quick at crossing them.

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