Mobility scooters are a popular mode of transport for those wanting to remain independent and have access to their local community.
When a car is no longer an option for transport, Mobility Scooters provide a safe alternative so that you are able to maintain access within your community.
You currently do not require a license to use a Mobility Scooter, but its best to check in your local area what rules apply.
Over the past 20 years, technology and safety features have enhanced the user experience of a Mobility Scooter user.
So how do I choose the right Mobility Scooter for me?
Choosing the right size is vital to making the right choice of a Mobility Scooter.
The three main categories are:
- Small/portable Mobility Scooters
Ideal for those looking to transport their scooter regularly. These scooters generally dismantle easily so they can be loaded into a vehicle and, with their relatively small solid tyres, can be used in places with smooth, flat surfaces eg: shopping centres.
Due to their size, they are generally not suitable for tall (over 180cm) or heavy users (over 100kg). Top speeds vary up to 8km/h and they offer a maximum range per charge of 15-30km.
- Medium sized Mobility Scooters
The most popular size of scooter that is suitable for general outdoor and limited indoor use.
Medium scooters usually have at least 10” pneumatic tyres, suspension, lights for night use and comfortable adjustable seating. Whilst they can still be dismantled they are only suitable for occasional transporting. Top speeds vary up to 12km/h and they offer a maximum range per charge of 25-35km.
- Large Mobility Scooters
Suitable for taller or heavier users (with weight capacities up to 220kg).
Large scooters typically offer deluxe, soft-riding suspension, extended legroom and more power than standard scooters. They are more capable over uneven terrain, on steep hills and for more robust use over long distances. Top speeds vary up to 15km/h and they offer a maximum range per charge of 40-50km.
There are many other factors to consider.
Your height and weight?
What area do you live in?
How far do you want to go?
Does it have suspension?
How often you intend to use the scooter each day?
Will you need to transport the scooter?
Where will you store it?
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