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Ready to ride with Wanda? Check out these tips to help you prepare, choose the right transportation service, and stay safe as you navigate Phoenix.

Ready to Ride with Wanda? Tips for Safe Senior Travel

As you age, navigating your community independently can be an exciting and enriching experience—but it can also be stressful for you, as well as your loved ones and caregivers. That’s why it’s essential to prioritize safety and comfort to make the journey enjoyable. When you ride with Wanda, that’s exactly what you can expect!

Check out these practical tips to help you prepare, choose the right transportation service, and stay safe as you navigate the Phoenix area.

Choose the Right Transportation Service

When selecting a transportation service, make sure to prioritize reliability, safety, and convenience. With trained and vetted drivers known for their track record of reliable service, safe and comfortable vehicles, and flexible transportation options—including wheelchair accessible vehicles—Wanda is the top choice for senior transportation in Phoenix. Plus, we have the backing of MTM, one of the nation’s top non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) brokers since 1995, giving our passengers an extra layer of security.

Plan Ahead and Communicate Your Needs

Don’t hesitate to communicate your specific needs and preferences when you ride with Wanda or any other transportation service provider. When you book a ride with Wanda, we always welcome your feedback and accommodation requests! For example, we have different vehicle types—including regular four-door sedans, small SUVs, and wheelchair accessible vehicles. We also have you covered with three levels of service:

  • Curb-to-Curb: you’ll be picked up and dropped off right at the curb.
  • Door-to-Door: you’ll be picked up and dropped off at the front door.
  • Person-to-Person: a driver will escort you at the pick-up and drop-off spots.

 

Whether you require assistance with boarding or exiting the vehicle or accommodations for mobility aids, clear communication ensures a comfortable and stress-free ride.

Stay Informed and Connected

When you choose a transportation service, make sure they offer a way to stay informed about your ride, including pick-up times and contact information. For example, Wanda’s easy-to-use platform keeps seniors, their caregivers, and their trusted contacts in the loop through secure communication channels during the entire ride with Wanda. This includes text messages with trip confirmations, estimated arrival times, and more. Make sure to keep your mobile phone or emergency alert device with you to stay connected, and share your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member for added peace of mind.

Practice Safety Precautions

During your outings, prioritize safety by following basic precautions. Be careful when boarding or exiting vehicles, and wear a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion. Be cautious when navigating uneven surfaces or crowded areas, and ask for assistance if you encounter any challenges.

Stay Hydrated

Maintaining proper hydration is crucial for your well-being—especially in the desert climate of Phoenix! Carry a water bottle with you and take regular breaks to stretch and relax. Make sure to listen to your body’s cues!

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

After you’re dropped off, stay aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts if something feels off or unfamiliar—especially if you are traveling alone. Stick to well-lit and populated areas, particularly during evening outings. Keep important documents and valuables secure and avoid sharing personal information with strangers. When you ride with Wanda, you can also bring along a companion at no extra cost to assist you. They just need to hop on at the same address as you!

Remember to enjoy the journey and savor the moments of independent exploration and discovery. If you’re ready to ride with Wanda, book your safe, reliable ride today!