Taking a look at the vast choices of mobility scooters available on the market today, you can be sure that there is one out there suitable to your needs. For example, some scooters are made to transport you over a variety of terrains, at a speed of 15 mph while others can make hairpin turns allowing you to maneuver the inside of your home. This is great news for someone who doesn’t have paralysis but does have a mobility-related disability.
A Basic Primer on the Different Types of Scooters on the Market
There are travel scooters designed to be portable and lightweight. This is the type to buy if you are a traveler and need a scooter that you can fold up or disassemble easily to load into the trunk of your car. Travel scooters also tend to be the least expensive for a basic model, but additional features will equal a higher priced model.
For versatility, the regular three wheel scooter is great because you can use it pretty comfortably both indoors and outdoors. This machine has a good turning radius, which is of particular importance for maneuvering around furniture and objects inside the house. If the primary use for your scooter is outside, you should consider a four-wheeled scooter, which is more stable.
The next scooter type, the four wheel, doesn’t have as excellent a turning radius of the travel scooter or the three wheel mobility scooter, but as mentioned above, it offers more stability. This larger machine scores higher marks in durability, too. If you need a stable scooter to navigate rugged terrain, the four wheel scooter is your best choice. Another advantage is that these scooters tend to go the fastest and have the longest battery range. Some other features to consider if you plan to use the scooter outside also to have a master key lock, reflectors, horn, a locking seat and an automatic circuit breaker to cut off all power so that the automatic braking system will bring the scooter to a stop in case of an electrical problem
Once you’ve determined the type of scooter that best meets your needs, it’s time to do some research on brands, models, and a reliable dealer. Factors that will affect your decision will be the price, range, comfort and weight capacity. Of course, there are other factors that you may want to consider when deciding on a scooter, so be sure to list out everything that concerns you.
If you plan on using your scooter inside your house but have uneven surfaces, such as a transition between two rooms, you will need a small threshold ramp. Portable scooter ramps come in some different types to handle a variety of situations such as getting up sidewalks, curbs or a few steps.
What About Transporting Your Scooter
If you plan on traveling by vehicle with your mobility scooter, you will need to use either a lift or carrier. The carrier usually resides outside your van, and it is designed to transport your scooter where you need to go. Lifts and Carriers can weigh between 75 and 200 pounds.