In the Worst Year for Air Travel Since 2001, Consider Medical Transport Alternatives
Brutal weather throughout much of the country has made this winter the worst season for air travel since 2001. Numerous storms have wreaked havoc on the skies, with roughly one million flights delayed or canceled since December 1. At MedFlight911, bad weather can be a problem not just for our air medical escorts, but also for air ambulance flights, which may end up grounded during a storm just like the big airlines. And while spring is just around the corner, the weather isn't letting up – a storm earlier this month forced thousands of cancellations.
Whenever you're faced with a travel delay or cancellation, it's an annoyance. And with airlines flying fewer flights and planes more likely to be full, getting rebooked after your original flight is cancelled can be a major hassle. If you're unlucky, you may end up stranded for days. And if you're traveling with a medical issue, that can be a serious problem. That's when ground medical transportation can save the day.
Even when you can't fly, you may be able to travel via long-distance medical motor coach. Sometimes, even when it's not safe to fly, the roads are passable. In other cases, the weather may have cleared but delays mean that you can't get a seat on a flight. MedFlight911offers safe, convenient ground transport in these types of situations.
So, how do we handle a ground medical transport in cases of bad weather? The same way we approach every trip – we rely on our professional experience and our commitment to safety to make sure everyone arrives at their destination without incident. Our medical motor coach drivers have both training and experience to operate vehicles in hazardous weather. Many have driven firetrucks, ambulances, or other large vehicles. They also have emergency vehicle operators course (EVOC) certifications – specialized training just for those who operate ambulances and other emergency vehicles. Most important, they have experience driving in hazardous conditions. That's an invaluable skill, since all the training in the world may be useless if you haven't actually driven a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds on a steep, snowy road or through a late-night blizzard.
It's not unusual for MedFlight911's medical motor coach drivers to have to make trips in tough conditions. We'd never go out on the road when it wasn't safe, but because our drivers are professionals, they can handle many situations that the average driver may not be able to. That's just one more reason to consider hiring ground medical transport. While you might be able to drive yourself or your loved one, is it really worth the risk? We don't think so.
Are you interested in learning more about MedFlight911's ground medical transport services? Give us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation air medical transport quote here.