One important thing to remember when you purchase a wheelchair van, aside from the accommodations and accessibility features, is that it is very important to keep in mind the amount of extra battery use your accessories take up. Handicap vehicles often deploy ramps through the battery of your vehicle, so it is crucial to make sure you have a strong, functional battery that is full of juice and power at all times.
You never know what could happen when you’re on the road heading off to visit family and friends. The last thing you want is to end up stranded from a dead battery, with no one nearby to jump your vehicle. If you have a disability, this can be a particularly difficult and potentially dangerous situation.
Not only should you make sure to have your handicap van’s battery inspected on the regular, but if something does happen and you are able to fix it, you should still have it inspected by a professional at Ability Center in Arizona, California, or Nevada as soon as you have the chance. If you notice your wheelchair ramp or other accessories operating at a slower, weaker pace, it may be time to have your battery looked at or even invest in a new one.
The average vehicle with no mobility modifications will last about five years on one battery. However, if your vehicle is modified with a ramp, swivel chair, or other accessory that relies on your vehicle’s power to work, it is more likely that an inspection or replacement will be in need every 2 to 3 years. To prolong the life of your battery, always make sure every light is off before getting out of your accessible vehicle, and keep track of how often you use the lift. If you use it daily, this will significantly cut down on battery life.
Just a few simple and regular precautions will help you avoid what could turn into a dangerous situation if your battery runs out of life. Always keep track of your vehicle use and how old your battery is to keep you and your family safe for many miles to come.