Winter Car Care Tips for Your Mobility Van

Well… that time of the year is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to ensure your mobility vehicle is performing at its best, because there is nothing worst than getting stranded while out in the cold. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss a few simple car care tips to make sure your vehicle is operating at its peak.
1. With the freezing temperatures upon us, freezing doors, windows and locks become a problem for many. To help alleviate this problem there are two things you can do. First, wipe a rubber protectant (such as Armor-All), or silicone on all door and window weather-stripping. DON’T USE an oil based product, like WD-40, because the oil will damage the rubber. This will help alleviate your door sticking to the rubber seals, which is one of the leading causes of damage to the rubber. Second, squirt a little WD-40 inside your door locks. This will help keep moisture out and any moisture from freezing inside your locks.
2. Watch filling up your vehicle if you see a tanker at the station. Not just a winter car care tip, but a good tip for anytime of the year. If you pull into a gas station for fuel, and see a refueling tanker, move on to another location if you can. As the tanks are being filled by the tanker, turbulence is created and that can stir up sediment in the tank. This sediment can then enter your vehicle through the pumps; resulting in clogged fuel filters and fuel injectors. Both of which will cause poor performance/MPG and possibly necessitating repairs. Better to be safe than sorry…
3. Have your battery tested. There is nothing worst than climbing in your vehicle and as you turn the ignition you hear nothing but clicks. The dreaded sign of a battery that has gone bad. The cold weather is the hardest on your vehicle’s battery. If your vehicle”s battery is over two years old, it is recommended you get it tested for viability. Most repair shops will even perform this test FREE of charge. It only takes a moment, and it could save you a lot of heartache. Remember, your mobility vehicle might have two batteries or more, so be sure all of them are tested.
4. During the winter months, there is a good chance you will experience some sort of snow/ice event. For this reason, it is recommended to replace your wiper blades (recommended every 6 months) with winter models. These blades are built heavier to stand up to the snow and ice. It is also recommended to replace or refill your wiper fluid with the de-icing type. This will not only help keep your windshield from freezing during your travels, but it can also help you clear your windows faster if they are covered with a small frost.
5. Watch your tire pressure. During the cold months, your tire pressure will drop, many times resulting in the TPMS sensors on most vehicles to record an unsafe driving pressure. It’s a good idea to ensure your vehicles tires are adjusted to the cooler temps. This will not only ensure safer driving conditions, but it will keep your vehicle from getting a drop in MPG.
6. If it’s been awhile, now is the time to ensure your vehicles lift, or ramp is operating properly and that it is lubed and adjusted because your mobility system takes a lot of abuse. Your system is often exposed to the elements as you enter and exit the vehicle. In the winter, the introduction of salt, snow, sand and ice can easily wreak havoc on your system. To help ensure your mobility system is operating at its peak, we recommend getting a Superior Service at least twice a year, or every 3 months if you are a heavy driver. The service will not only include lubricating all the key parts and door mechanism, it will also entail the following: Thorough cleaning of the door, ramp and tie down rack; Painting of the ramp assembly to help keep rust from forming; Adjustments to the door, ramp and kneel system; Complete undercarriage inspection of fuel & brake lines, as well as the fuel tank; Check of all fluid levels, battery connection, fuses and tire pressure. To get your discount coupon, found in our latest newsletter, click here and make your appointment today.

Employment Discrimination of the Disabled Still Exists

For many individuals, their career choices and professions make up a large part of their identities. However, people with disabilities might not be this lucky. Despite making up almost one-fourth of the world’s population, it’s been estimated that over 10 percent of people have a physical disability. With so many people with a disability, it comes as a shock that there’s such a disparity between the employment rates of able-bodied individuals versus individuals with a disability. In fact, it’s been shown that only 25 percent of the disabled U.S. population is employed, versus almost 80 percent of the able-bodied population.

 

What’s worse, these employment numbers have been steadily falling since 2009, when the Great Recession was making its impact known. This means that when economic crises hit, the disabled communities are often the first to suffer. This news may be shocking for some, but not all; many individuals with disabilities often report being subtly discriminated against by potential employers and organizations that aren’t committed to disability rights.

If you’ve been struggling to find work and have been coming up against more than your fair share of obstacles, consider taking the following steps:

• Don’t deal with this discrimination in silence. Instead, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC; www.eeoc.gov) to make a report about any discrimination or harassment you’ve suffered from in the workplace.
• Research employers in your area who are committed to raising disability awareness. Discrimination against the disability community is among one of the remaining taboos in the workplace, which means many individuals still fight against this everyday. Until the day arrives when all people are treated equally, search out employers that are already embracing this progressive attitude.
• Consider turning a hobby into a stay-at-home business. This can often solve the problem of generating income, as you won’t have to worry about going into an office everyday or dealing with workplace discrimination. Plus, working from home makes it more likely that you’ll do something you love.

 

If your disabled, you’re part of a powerful part of the world’s population – and you shouldn’t have to tolerate any kind of discrimination from prospective employers. Speak up when it happens, so more people can follow your example.

 

Article courtesy of themobilityresource.com

Is Equine Therapy Right for You?

For countless years, the use of equine therapy has been a viable method of improving physical and emotional states of numerous individuals. Even by some, considered a handicapped vehicle of sorts, but what is equine therapy?

 

Equine therapy is a therapy program where horses are used to teach individuals how to maneuver horses and perform tricks; all while creating an everlasting bond with their new four-legged friend. However, what makes the program so successful is the experience and emotional fix. Participants not only benefit from receiving the repetitious encouragement from their instructors and parents, but they also gain a valuable sense of accomplishment, which dramatically improves quality of life and self esteem. The emotional connection is strong… The smiles, the laughter, the experience is truly one rewarding experience for all those involved. However, there is more aside from the numerous emotional benefits. Riding therapy also provides physical and fitness gains such as, core strengthening, range of motion, balance, posture, and increased hand-eye coordination.
So, what about the horses, you ask? The horses selected for equine programs are those with special qualities and many years of handling, to ensure these qualities and personalities fit with the program. This is actually a very important step when placing the rider with the right horse. Program instructors work hard to ensure they match up the right horse with the right rider, allowing for a better experience from start to finish. As each rider is different, so is each horse. While many can do tricks, others are to be more patient and tolerant to noise and erratic behavior, but one thing is for sure, these horses are as special as their riders. Great care goes into caring and taking care of their needs, and building of their personalities.
If you would like to learn more about equine therapy and its many benefits, click here.

Happy trails…