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What To Look For When Buying Your Mobility Scooter

May 7, 2008
Purchasing mobility scooters is beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis, muscle conditions or circulation problems. This help people manoeuvre around more easily and enable the individual to lead a more independent life. When buying a new mobility scooter there are different things to consider, such as the kind of scooter you need, how big it will be and will you have enough space in your house to store it away.

Different models of mobility scooters will affect the way you manoeuvre, in terms of speed, weight and durability. You will also need to consider whether the scooter has the weight capacity to carry your weight around for long periods. The impact external influences will determine whether the scooter will last long enough and how much you will need to recharge the batteries. You will also need to decide on whether you require a four wheel or three-wheel scooter, depending on where you will be using it.

Three wheeled mobility scooters are easier to use indoors such as in your own home or at a local shop. They have a smaller turning circle, which makes it easier to manoeuvre in smaller spaces. Four wheeled scooters tend to have larger turning circles and are ideal for using outside and travelling to places. They are considered stronger, heavier and durable. However, new developments of three wheeled scooters have been designed to show very little differences in strength with a four-wheeled scooter.

Most mobility scooters require a key to start it up, much like a car, without which it will become immobile and can act as a security measure for people leaving it outside for a short period. Some disabled scooters have free moving steering wheels, which is useful for when you need to move the scooter without turning it on. This makes it easier to store away, recharging your batteries and moving into a vehicle if you are travelling via transportation.

Other scooters do not have steering wheels, some are built with a tiller, which is similar to a bicycle handles that make it easier for people with problems along their upper body to manoeuvre. This can be adjusted to suit the individual and can be adjusted down for transportation. The actual mobility scooter is driven by a lever, which works on the principle of moving forward or backwards for movement or motions. This is controlled using the fingers or thumbs.

The speed of the scooter is controlled by the speed dial and by the lever; depending on how far forward you push the lever will determine how fast you move forward. This works with the reverse principle as well. There is also a speed limit for scooters on the road, which is usually between 4mph and 8mph depending on the size of the scooter. On some scooters, there are special flick switches that automatically turn the speed down from eight to four just to keep the device within speed limit.

Other scooters can include ones, which are designed to break up easily and fit into the boot of your car. These are the most popular types of scooters as they are ideal for transportation and can be easily assembled together again in a short space of time.

Mobility scooters will need to be maintained, with battery replacement packs kept at hand just in case the battery charge have run out; you will also need to have the scooter service regularly with the brakes and spare parts all replaced every now and again. Always be sure to have a good warranty that will provide you with this service, as this will save you any extra costs.
About the Author
Anna Stenning is an expert on mobility scooters as she has helped people buy and choose the right scooter for themselves in the past.
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