Where to go today.....
Out into the sun and sand.....
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
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
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.