Which Mobility Scooter Should I Buy?
If you have entered a situation in life where mobility over distances has become an issue for you, a mobility scooter is a great option to enable you to continue doing the things that you love in life. It alleviates the pain of walking and allows you to get out of the house while reducing any reliance you may have on a relative or helper. If you don’t know much about mobility scooters, however, it might seem a little overwhelming when it comes to making a choice over which one to buy.
Here are a number of different points to consider when choosing your mobility scooter:
Before even thinking about buying a mobility scooter you should decide whether your current situation and physical condition require it. If you are finding it hard to walk long distances are you sure the reason isn’t general fitness or an injury that can be sorted out by a medical professional? Purchasing a mobility scooter is a large financial commitment and it could prevent you from exercising when you are in fact perfectly able to do so. You should also ask yourself what kind of condition you will be in in five years’ time? If you are relatively young and suffering a single injury perhaps the scooter that you are looking at will suit you fine in the future. If however, you think that your condition may be worse in five years’ time then perhaps it is worth investing in a top of the range model.
What Will You Be Using Your Disability Scooter For?
The types of journeys and terrains that you will traverse using a mobility scooter are key to understanding which mobility scooter to invest in. Do you think that brief, short journeys will be your main use of your mobility scooter, or will longer journeys to a neighbouring town on a main road be your most likely use? If you plan on going on long distance journeys by car with your family, does this mean that you’ll be taking the mobility scooter with you?
Road v Pavement
Deciding whether or not your mobility scooter is going to be used on the road is one of the biggest decisions you have to make when choosing one. This largely depends on whether you feel safe driving a mobility scooter on the road, whether there is a person with a car that helps you and how far you plan on travelling.
Storage Of Mobility Scooters
No matter how big your car or house, scooters can always pose an issue of storage. Smaller scooters can usually be brought inside your home so you should make sure that you have an adequate space set aside for it. Larger scooters almost always need to be stored outside so you should make sure that you have the means to prevent it from being stolen or being rained upon.
If you are going to be spending a lot of time on your mobility scooter you may want to ensure that there are a number of features that you will need to make your life easier. Does the mobility scooter have front and rear lights? Does it have a big enough battery capacity for your needs? Does it have a padded seat that you’ll feel comfortable driving in all day?
As in many situations in life, money inevitably is a huge consideration for most people. Everyone would love a top of the range super mobility scooter but can they afford it or even get proper use out of it? On the other hand is it false economy to buy an inexpensive mobility scooter when you plan on using it every day for the next five years?
If you find that the mobility scooter that you want is a bit out of your price range you may want to consider a second-hand model that is more bang for the buck. Many companies offer refurbishing schemes that offer top quality and excellent reliability at affordable prices.
Types of mobility scooters
There are many different manufacturers of mobility scooters such as Pride Mobility, John Preston and TGA Mobility, so it can be challenging to decide which one you should buy. When choosing a manufacturer or a model it is best to do your research and ask your friends or family who ride mobility scooters their opinions, as well as keeping abreast of reviews both online and offline.
There are generally three types of mobility scooter to choose from. Since rising concern over the safety of public scooters and confusion how exactly they fit into British law, scooter categories have been split into power classes since 2010.
Class 2 mobility scooters are less powerful than Class 3 scooters and are generally lighter. This means that they tend to have less range than Class 3 mobility scooters and are most useful for short journeys. They cannot be used on roads but are designed for use both indoor and outdoor use. Most have a top speed of four miles an hour and some of the models have the ability to climb kerbs or be dismantled for flexible transportation. They are understandably usually cheaper than Class 3 models.
Class 2 models come in both three-wheel and four-wheel versions. Three-wheeled models have greater manoeuvrability and tighter turning circles but aren’t quite as stable as the four-wheeled models as well as being unsuitable for high inclines. Four-wheeled models require more space when turning but offer greater stability and the ability to traverse steeper slopes.
Boot Scooters are a type of Class 2 scooter that are constructed so that they are easy to dismantle or fold up. This means that they can be transported via a car boot to a destination and reassembled for use simply and easily. This is very handy if you have someone to help you lift, assemble and transport the scooter, want to visit somewhere out of conventional scooter range while still enjoying the benefits of a conventional small Class 2 scooter. These scooters are ideal if you plan on going on big days out which involve a lot of walking with your family. Make sure that it fits in the car boot though!
Class 3 mobility scooters are more powerful than Class 2 scooters and are usually heavier and larger in size. They have a greater range than Class 2 mobility scooters and are ideally suited for outdoor use and longer journeys. They cannot be used indoors but are fully roadworthy with a top speed of eight miles an hour on tarmac. If you drive one of these you must be registered with the DVLA. Class 3 vehicles are allowed to drive on A roads and dual carriageways but not motorways or bus and cycle lanes. Though you do not have to pay any kind of vehicle tax on a Class 3 mobility scooter, you do need to register them with the DVLA.
Class 3 mobility scooters come in three and four-wheel versions and generally share the same strengths and weaknesses as their Class 2 counterparts.
When you have chosen a model of mobility scooter and are ready to splash the cash, stop and ask yourself a number of questions: How long will I have to wait for it be delivered to me? Will I have to assemble the mobility scooter myself? Does it come with any accessories that I need? How old is the model and will there be available spare parts if the machine ever breaks down? How long is my warranty? A good retailer of mobility scooters should be able to answer all of these questions.
Mobility Equipment Suppliers
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