The first method is to use a vehicle lift. Many cars can accommodate a lift that can be used to easily raise an electric wheelchair into a vehicle and to lower it out. With this option, one needs to keep in mind the vehicle’s capacity and the necessary requirements for the lift.
A similar option is using an accessible van. Many cans can be modified before and after purchase. For an accessible van, ramps can be installed into the van rather than attached like a lift.
Traveling on Public Transit:
For airplane travel, it is best to call the airline in advance as well as confirming with them again 24-48 hours before your departure.
When it comes to rail travel, choose a carrier that offers the most accommodations for your needs. Some trains offer boarding assistance and accessible sleeping cars. So research beforehand is crucial.
Bus Travel is more challenging for long distance routes. However, more scooter and wheelchair accessible buses are coming into use. Again, research is important before purchasing a ticket. Find out if the bus company has wheelchair ramps and space available for wheelchairs.
Traveling and transporting with a power wheelchair can be challenging due to the chair’s size and weight. This is why it is recommended to pre-plan and research many different companies to find the right transportation method.
Karman Healthcare understands this difficulty, which is why they have designed the Tranzit Go Power Chair. It is a lightweight and foldable power chair that Karman designed after noting the lack of lightweight power wheelchairs available on the market. The chair’s dimensions are 39”x24”x36” and when folded the overall width is 11”.
The chair’s frame only weighs 42 pounds, 46 with the battery. The Lithium-Ion battery is powerful but also lightweight and can be removed from the chair to lighten the weight. When traveling with the chair via airplane, be sure to call the airline ahead of time to be sure about carrying the battery onto the plane.
The design of the chair is intended to make the user’s life much easier by making the Tranzit Go easy to fold, pick-up, stow, and go.