Tips For Buying a Mobility Scooter

A mobility scooter is a rechargeable electric mobility aid or auxiliary to a standard power wheelchair but is specially configured as a scooter. When fully operational, they are often referred to as electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters, electric mobility scooters, wheelchair scooters or just mobility scooters. Many electric mobility scooters come with custom accessories like handles, hand controls or power armrests that can be further modified to provide greater functionality.

 

The main benefit of mobility scooters over other manual wheelchairs is that they have a more robust design, greater agility and typically more minor speed limitations. They also tend to be much lighter than traditional power wheelchairs and can often be used with tiller or foot levers that allow the rider to steer or control the scooter. In some cases, a motorized scooter may incorporate a joystick or other control similar to those found on aeroplanes. Some mobility scooters have a single or double-stepped control column identical to that found in mobility chairs.

 

Because of the specific needs of persons with mobility disabilities, it’s essential to understand which mobility scooters are most appropriate. First and foremost, anyone looking to purchase a mobility scooter should be sure they are a good candidate for one. This is mainly based upon their age and physical condition. Any changes in these areas or in the application of the wheelchair itself can negatively affect a person’s ability to operate a manual wheelchair. It is also essential to be sure the scooter has enough space for the rider and their vehicle.

 

Next, anyone considering purchasing mobility scooters should look at the styling of each model. Each model will have different handles and wheel rims and feature different amounts of space in the passenger compartment. An important consideration before purchasing is whether the seats will recline. Many models have levers that allow the rider to either fully or partially recline the seat.

 

One final consideration when purchasing mobility scooters is whether to buy an electric or gas-powered model. Although gas-powered scooters are generally faster, some people are allergic to them and prefer an electrical device to power them. Both types of scooters have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice will come down to personal preference. However, if someone were to choose between the two, it would be a good idea to research both to see which type is more comfortable and easier to operate.

 

There are many reasons why someone may want to increase mobility. For some, they need the ability to go shopping, go places on their own, or perform other tasks that require them to move around while on their feet. For others, a mobility scooter allows them to remain in an environment that will stay mobile. Whatever the reason for needing a mobility scooter, everyone can agree that it is beneficial to have one.