Easy Handicap Van Maintenance Tips

General Bus Maintenance

As with any other vehicle, a handicap van needs regular maintenance. Although they are very similar to a regular passenger vehicle, there are some distinct differences. For the passenger’s safety, it is important the following issues be addressed on a daily basis. An experienced driver can perform many of these simple tasks.

Handicap Van Maintenance Checklist

Bus MaintenanceCheck the air pressure in the vehicle’s tires at least once a week. Not only will having your tires adequately inflated save you money in gas, but it’ll also make your vehicle safer to drive.

Check your headlights, turn signals, hazard signals, and brake lights. In some conditions, the vehicle behind you may only be able to see your taillights. It only makes sense that your lights all work entirely.

Check your fluid levels often, including oil, transmission, and brake fluids.

Clean for Safety

To ensure mobility throughout your vehicle, the floor must be clean. Debris on the floor can limit wheelchair movement or damage the flooring. Inspect it for worn or loose spots on the floor and ramp covering. Also, check the floor seams that are covered with a metal strip. If broken, refer to a mechanic.

Furthermore, do not forget to inspect the windshield fluid regularly. Keeping your windshield clean ensures visibility is at a maximum. Check the condition of your windshield wipers at least once monthly and change as needed.

Tie-Down Strap Inspection

Do not ignore tie-down straps. Even though it is not the van owners job to change them, it is important to check if they are working as they should. If you notice them being loose or worn, get them replaced.

Keep Your Paperwork Organized

Make sure your vehicle maintenance is kept in order. Being able to identify and submit your paperwork quickly can reduce the stress in case you have an emergency or get pulled over. Keep handy copies of the registration, insurance, and necessary licenses in your vehicle, as well as maintenance service records. It will make it easier to identify reoccurring issues with your van if they do occur.

If you need a handicap van, low-floor bus, shuttle bus, or any other type of bus, contact Colorado West Equipment.

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