Choosing a mobility scooter can be a challenge and it’s essential to choose the right one for you to enjoy.
There are multiple types of mobility scooters all with benefits and drawbacks. New or used it’s essential to choose the best scooter for you. All our showrooms in Ilkeston, Woodseats Sheffield, KingMill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield and Carlton Nottingham have plenty of new and used models to test ride and good people to advise you.
Questions to ask yourself before choosing a mobility scooter
Where will you store your mobility scooter?
Indoors is best for the battery and the scooters life cycle. You could consider a damp-free garage or shed, especially if there is an electricity supply for charging the battery.
Your storage choice will determine the mobility scooter’s size, as will the storage space threshold; deep steps will be impossible for even the heavy terrain mobility scooters.
What will you use your mobility scooter for?
Think about the ground you will be travelling. Bumpy surfaces will be more suited to a larger scooter, while the smaller scooter is much more suited to smoother pavements. Larger scooters are less manoeuvrable and travel further, while smaller ones are ideal for smaller spaces such as shops but don’t go as far.
How will you get you mobility scooter from A to B?
Will you be using public transport or your vehicle to transport your scooter?
Boot mobility scooters, for example, can quickly be taken apart to fit in your car and weigh around 15 kg for lifting, although new designs are being added to the market all the time that make lift dismantling simpler.
Travelling on public transport can be tricky; there may be access and size problems; it is worth checking in advance with bus, train and tram companies before making your choice.
Other Considerations for Choosing a Mobility Scooter
Types of Mobility Scooters
Small Mobility Scooters
If you’re looking for a lightweight scooter that’s easy to transport, smaller scooters can be beneficial as they’re usually simple to dismantle and can easily fit into a car boot. A smaller scooter is excellent to use around the home, and they typically have a more lightweight frame. Smaller scooters, however, have a lower weight capacity and are not suitable for use on the road.
Medium Mobility Scooters (Class 2 or Class 3)
Medium scooters can often provide a sturdier option if you’re looking to go out and about. You may be able to dismantle some models, but bigger scooters are generally more heavyweight and difficult to transport. Class 2 Scooters aren’t able to go onto the road and usually have a top speed of around 4mph. Class 3 Scooters can go onto roads if they are taxed and can have a maximum speed of approximately 8mph on the road.
Large Mobility Scooters
Choosing a mobility scooter that is larger, road-legal scooters are generally bigger, heavier and more powerful. Larger scooters can tackle much more ground surface types and allow you to go further distances. Some considerations of larger models are that you will need somewhere suitable to store are secure your scooter, and they can be quite challenging to transport.
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