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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs): Ensuring Safety and Reliability

Wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) offer freedom and mobility to individuals with disabilities. Just like any other vehicle, proper maintenance is key to ensuring safety and reliability. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through essential spring maintenance for your WAV, covering everything from wheelchair ramps to adaptive equipment.

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1. Insurance Cover:

Before diving into maintenance, ensure your WAV is adequately insured. It’s a good idea to check that your policy covers adaptive equipment and modifications, safeguarding your investment and providing reassurance in case of unforeseen events. Take a look at our guide to checking you’ve got sufficient cover to match your vehicle.

2. WAV Ramp and Lift Maintenance:

 Start your maintenance routine by inspecting wheelchair ramps and lifts. Check for wear, damage, or malfunction and lubricate moving parts for smooth operation. Clear debris from the ramp track to prevent obstructions.

3. Securement System:

Safety should always come first. Regularly check wheelchair tie-downs and occupant restraints for any signs of wear or damage. Ensure all anchor points are secure and practice securing the wheelchair and occupant regularly.

4. Vehicle Conversion Inspection:

If your WAV has undergone modifications, such as lowered floors or widened doorways, inspect these areas for signs of wear or deterioration. Ensure conversion components are functioning correctly and schedule regular maintenance with a certified technician.

5. Routine Car Maintenance:

Follow a routine car maintenance checklist for optimal performance. This includes oil changes, filter replacements, and fluid checks. Don’t forget to inspect the braking system, tires, and battery regularly. These can usually be carried our at any vehicle servicing centre, or WAV specialist.

6. Safety Checks:

Test all vehicle lights, mirrors, and windshield wipers for clarity and functionality. Inspect emergency equipment and verify proper functioning of safety features such as airbags and seat belts.

7. Adaptive Equipment Calibration:

If your WAV is equipped with adaptive driving aids, ensure they are calibrated and functioning correctly. Practice using them regularly and keep auxiliary controls clean and obstruction-free.

8. Breakdown Cover:

Safeguard yourself against unexpected roadside emergencies by investing in breakdown cover specifically tailored for WAVs. Having reliable assistance on hand can provide reassurance and ensure prompt support in case of a breakdown.

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In Conclusion:

Spring maintenance is crucial for keeping your wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) in top condition. By following this checklist, you can ensure the safety, reliability, and longevity of your WAV, allowing you to enjoy worry-free mobility and independence. Don’t forget to schedule regular WAV servicing with a qualified technician to address any issues promptly and keep your vehicle running smoothly throughout the year. And remember to include breakdown cover in your preparations for added security on the road.

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