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Driving on soft sand
It is possible to drive the chair on many types of soft and hard sand, however the climbing ability of the chair may be reduced in some angles of very soft sand. It is important when driving on sand not to have too low of a speed. We suggest that speeds lower than 4 are not used. Should any of the wheels start to skid or slip on the sand, continue driving as they will gain traction as the chair moves along. If at all possible, have an attendant with you at the rear of the chair in case required.

                                                 
                         An extreme change of temperature.....

Driving on snow
It is possible to drive the chair on snow covered surfaces, however this can be a most hazardous situation, so great care must be taken. If at all possible have an attendant with you at the rear of the chair in case required. Never drive the chair at an angle across a snow covered surface. Always drive the chair at speeds no more than speed 3.

         
                           Now this is steep.....

Steep downward slopes
Before driving down a steep slope, if your chair is equipped with Tilt-In-Space, tilt the seat back to roughly the angle of the slope. This will assist you in going down the slope in a comfortable sitting position and will add grip to the rear of the chair. If your chair is not equipped with Tilt-In-Space, make sure you are sitting as far back in the seat as possible and that your upper body will not fall forward. Never try driving down a slope that you feel concerned about. Always drive straight down a slope, or at a very slight angle if necessary. Never try driving across a steep slope since it is possible to tip the chair over in this situation. If at all possible, have an attendant with you at the rear of the chair in case required.

Steep climbing slopes
Before driving up a steep slope, if your chair is equipped with Tilt-In-Space or Power Recline Backrest, ensure both are in the fully upright position. Always drive straight up a steep slope. Never, if possible, drive sideways up a steep slope. If possible shift your weight to the front of the chair as this will aid the front wheels in maintaining traction. Should the front wheels start to lose traction and start fluttering left and right, continue to drive up the slope at the fastest safe speed. The rear wheels will continue to steer and power the chair. If at all possible, have an attendant with you at the rear of the chair in case required.

                                                 
                                     It sure looks like a long way down.....

Obstacle climbing
The chair will climb numerous obstacles, but also has some self limiting functions to ensure some level of safety. The center mounting frame for the one piece footplate that is located between the front wheels just behind the fibreglass cowl, limit steps, curbs and obstacles to a height of 4 inches and the rear frame bar to a height of 3 inches. This does not mean that obstacle climbing is limited to these. It means that obstacles greater than this cannot pass directly under the chair. When climbing obstacles, take great care not to tip the chair over.



         

Driving through water or mud
It is possible to drive the chair through limited depths of water or mud, but great care must be taken to ensure that you do not become bogged or the chair damaged. We recommend that you do not drive the char through more that 2 inches of water or mud. When driving through water, keep the speed low (1 or 2), and if possible drive the chair slowly over a dry surface when exiting the water to limit the amount of moisture that may splash under the chair.

Allowing water to enter the electronics, wiring, motors or Joystick will cause damage to these systems and should be absolutely avoided. When driving through mud, keep the speed of the chair at a moderate pace, so as not to allow the wheels to spin excessively or slow down too much. Driving through water or mud should only be done on flat areas. If at all possible, have an attendant with you at the rear of the chair in case required. Continued use in salt water will cause excessive corrosion, avoid this at all times.

 

 

   
 
   
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