1. The layout of each store is different, so it is important to plan your shop and memorize the layout or get a map of the store if available.
  2. Avoid narrow aisles. Most electric wheelchairs are larger than manual wheelchairs and require more space in the aisles. When possible, try to stick to wider aisles to avoid collisions and congestion with other shoppers.
  3. Try to stay to the left in the aisles. Most supermarkets have a convention that customers should stay to the right and slow-moving customers should stay to the left. Try to follow this rule as best you can to minimize congestion in the aisles.
  4. Request help when necessary. Most supermarkets are willing to aid customers in wheelchairs if requested. If needed, don't be shy about asking for help if you need to reach items that are too high up or difficult to reach.
  5. Ask for replacements. If you come across a product that is lodged too far back in the shelf, some stores will replace the item for you so that you don't have to struggle to get it. Just ask one of the staff members and they will usually be willing to help.
Written by Rachel Hart

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