GoDRIVE: Climbing a Steep Hill

GoDRIVE: Climbing a Steep Hill

In this goDRIVE video, we show you how to maneuver an electric wheelchair up an incline or steep hill. This can be a stressful situation for the beginner electric wheelchair driver. The key is to remain calm and trust your chair to do the work for you.

How to maneuver an electric wheelchair up an Incline:

  1. Always drive straight up the incline, NEVER turn to drive back down the hill (this is the same principle as driving your car up a steep hill).
  2. Increase the speed control to FULL SPEED. This will give your chair the most power to climb up the hill.
  3. IF you can’t make it to the top…DON’T PANIC!!!
  4. Keep your chair pointed up the hill, and slowly drive backwards back down the hill. This takes some practice because our natural tendency is to turn around, but that is the WORST thing you can do.
  5. Just like driving a Jeep up a rouged 4×4 trail, you always back down the hill if you can’t make it the first time.
  6. IF you try to turn around in your wheelchair it may tip over, because electric wheelchairs do not have stocks to help balance you while on a steep sidehill.
  7. Practice on small inclines FIRST to learn how to drive backwards down the hill.
  8. In no time at all, you will be climbing the steepest hills around, it’s all about driving technique.

This has been another goDRIVE electric wheelchair driving tip video from Michele, our CEO.

About the author

Michele Klein

Michele was an all-star college athlete in basketball and track. At the age of 26 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. By the time she was in her late 30s the disease had crippled her to the point that she could no longer stand or walk, and she was forced to be permanently confined to a wheelchair. Today, Michele has had six joint replacement surgeries: both knees, both hips, and both shoulders. She uses her own personal FOLD & GO Electric Wheelchair to help her get around when she has to be on her feet for long periods of time, or has lots of walking to do. Michele is happy and grateful to build a product that meets the needs of so many people, including herself! It is her passion to help others that drives our company to produce the best product and offer AMAZING customer service to EVERY SINGLE CUSTOMER.

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