Getting around can be difficult sometimes when you are first starting to use a wheel chair. When you first get one, you are to choose how you are going to get your wheelchair in and out of a van or other vehicle. One way is to get a ramp, and sometimes it is hard to decide which wheelchair ramp design you are going to choose for your van or car.
There are a wide range of wheelchair ramps for people to choose from. You can get ones that are permanent or ramps that are portable. The choice is completely up to you. Below I am going to go over some differences between ramps to help you think of what design could best suit you.
People who might be using more than one vehicle might want to get a portable and light ramp design that they can switch from one van to the other. If you are looking for a ramp that will only be used in one vehicle, then you could probably just settle with one that bolts down into the frame of the van and is semi-permanent. The ones that are permanent just fold up into the van, and they will sit snug up against the door wall. There are two different kinds of portable wheelchair ramps. One is just the solid straight ramp, and it does not fold. The other, which is much more portable than the other, is a light folding ramp that you can store in the vehicle easily.
The weight of the ramp is probably going to be a huge factor for you, who wants to bust their back trying to lift a ramp and maneuvering it? If you are going to be using a portable ramp, this is going to be a big deciding factor for you. A solid ramp that cannot be folded or cannot be taken down in sections is probably going to be the one you will not get.
All the ramps should have some form of grip for the wheels. One kind is a sand paper like texture that lines the ramp, and the other can be a texture of metal terrain often times in an X fashion. Hard to picture, but the sand paper textured wheel chair ramps are more popular.
When you are shopping, make sure you take into consideration of the wheelchair ramp design and how it can make your life easier.