TAMPA, FL (May 04, 2015) – The two main reasons why people purchase customized or accessible vehicles is freedom and mobility. Adding wheelchair or scooter carriers to your converted vehicle allows for your equipment to be loaded quick and easy, without hassle. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) – a non-profit association – can help you find the right carrier for your needs. The following are the main types of carriers available.
Powered by the vehicle’s electrical system, car-top carriers are designed to work with manual, folding wheelchairs. The enclosed carrier lies flat on the roof of your car to preserve the vehicle’s aerodynamic shape and shields your chair from inclement weather. These models can be either fully automatic or require you to guide the chair as the carrier does the heavy lifting.
Bumper-mounted carriers are some of the least expensive options when it comes to mobility equipment. They allow for the wheelchair to be stored flat against the back of the vehicle making it easy to transport folded wheelchairs. Before choosing this carrier however, there are few things to consider, such as rear window visibility, weight and type of chair you need to lift.
Hitch-mounted carriers are the way to go if you are transporting scooters and power wheelchairs. These carriers hook to the trailer hitch of a car or van and have a platform like lift onto which a wheelchair or scooter can be easily maneuvered. These models offer both manual and automatic options, convenient for those living with disabilities and caregivers alike.
We recommend visiting www.nmeda.flywheelsites.com to further review these options in better detail and ensure you go home with the perfect carrier for you or your family member.
About the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association
Founded in 1989 as a non-profit trade association, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) supports more than 600 mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists in the U.S. and Canada dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. NMEDA is the sponsor of National Mobility Awareness Month each May and the Local Heroes Contest that celebrates life moving forward. For information on NMEDA, please visit www.nmeda.flywheelsites.com, as well as Facebook and Twitter. Visit MobilityAwarenessMonth.com for the national awareness month.