Life with lightweight wheelchairs: facing transport issues

At Karma Mobility, we have a range of lightweight wheelchairs to ensure that you can choose the one that suits your needs and lifestyle. You might choose an ultra-lightweight model for extensive travel, for example.

People who use lightweight wheelchairs can still use most forms of transport with a few adjustments to their normal method of approaching travel.

Planes, trains and automobiles

In a mini-guide like this, it’s tough to address all the different methods of transport and how to approach them as a wheelchair user. You can do further research into the method you want to use and most major providers will have a section of their website dedicated to accessibility.

Your own car may require some adaptation in order to allow you to travel with your wheelchair. If you are partially mobile, however, and choose a model with the appropriate dimensions, you may simply be able to use your normal car and stick your lightweight wheelchair in the boot or back seat. If this doesn’t seem like something that will work for you, you can consider a winch to lift your wheelchair into a storage box or a ramp to allow you to access your vehicle. Talk to your local stockist or contact Karma Mobility for further advice.

Preparation makes all the difference

It can be frustrating to reach ‘dead-ends’ on your journey just because you are in a wheelchair. This might be a set of steps or a lack of appropriate assistance. Planning ahead can help you to avoid situations like this. For example, if you plan to travel by tube, you can check out the Transport for London website and look for stations with step-free access. Airlines and airports are also very helpful if you can give them some notice about your travel plans.

Technology is your friend

There seems to be an app for everything these days and accessibility is no exception. You can download apps that tell you about local transport, restaurants and other leisure experiences that are easy for lightweight wheelchairs and other mobility aids to access. This means that you can find the information you need on the go as well so you can be as spontaneous as anyone else.


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