Mobility scooters are an excellent means of retaining your independence by providing you with the ability of getting out and about without any assistance. They can provide you with the freedom of being able to go to the shops, visit family and friends or just to take a trip out.
They are very easy to use, economical to run and easy to maintain. Remember to take into account:
The guide below will help you determine the usage and purpose of such a scooter and which would be ideally suited to your needs.
Mini folding mobility scooter
These are lightweight, easily manoeuvrable and suitable for short trips. They can be easily folded to put into a car boot. These have a top speed of 4mph and an option of a three or four wheel version.
3 wheel mobility scooter
The three wheel version is more easily manoeuvrable especially going around shops where space is more restricted and you need to make tight turns. They also provide a little more leg room which can be helpful if you have stiffness in your legs or you are a little taller.
4 wheel mobility scooter
The four wheel version is more durable and stable than a three wheel, and can handle slighter rougher terrain. If balance is an issue this version would be more beneficial.
Standard 4 and 6 mph scooters
If you are going to be spending more time on your mobility scooter, travelling greater distances and also navigating kerbs and hills you may need to look at a larger, sturdier model with possibly a faster speed i.e. 6mph. These are still for pavement use only and they also often have a higher weight limit and more features.
Roadworthy 8mph scooters
These are for longer use on both the pavement and the road. They will go up to 8mph and will be equipped with indicators and lights. The Highway Code must be obeyed at all times and whilst no driving test is required, it is a requirement to register with the DVLA for a nil duty tax disc. .
Maintenance and care
Mobility scooters require little maintenance. Ideally the battery needs to be charged daily whether in use or not. Keep the scooter clean and store in a dry place away from rain. Check the tyre pressures (refer to the user manual) and do not overload your scooter with excess weight.