Whether you’re a senior citizen with mobility issues or even physically challenged, mobility scooters may just be the perfect solution for you. If you haven’t looked beyond the standard wheelchairs to date, this may be the right time for you to do a little research and consider getting a mobility scooter that gives you greater freedom and independence.
How to choose a mobility scooter?
Mobility scooters are a great alternative to wheelchairs for those who have mobility issues. But you must first consider your mobility needs and lifestyle; the environment you live in; the amount of help you have to move around; and how you will use a mobility aid.
Some of the questions you need to ask yourself include:
- How much help do you need to be mobile?
- How much space do you have at home?
- Do you go to work?
- How much space do you have in your workplace?
- Do you need to go out of the house a lot?
- Do you use public transport?
- Are you big built? How much do you weigh?
What features should you consider?
Comfort and ease of use are the most important factors when choosing a mobility scooter. And these are based on various factors such as the weight of the scooter; the type of tires; turning capabilities, etc. So, before you choose a mobility scooter, do some in-depth research on its capabilities, such as:
- Weight after assembly: This can vary between 50 lbs. and 200 lbs., depending on the type you select. Do remember that lightweight scooters are easier to assemble and transport.
- Type of tires: Solid; filled with foam; or filled with air.
- Ground clearance: This refers to the space that exists between the base of the tire and the undercarriage. Scooters for outdoor use need a higher clearance to avoid damaging the bottom of the scooter. However, lower clearance ensures a more stable ride.
- Turning radius: This refers to the minimum circular turn a scooter can take. If it has a tight turning radius, it is capable of maneuvering easily around tight corners and ensures easy operation.
- Maximum recommended incline: This refers to the scooters’ ability to climb an incline and the amount of incline. This is essential when tackling exit ramps and sidewalks.
How to gauge a mobility scooters performance
You need certain crucial pieces of information to really gauge the potential performance of a mobility scooter and whether it would be the right choice for you. Base your assessment on the following:
- Speed: How fast can a mobility scooter go? Typically, its speed can range between 4 mph and 5.5 mph. Some can go up to 10 mph.
- Weight capacity: How much does the manufacturer claim to be the scooters capacity to handle weight?
- Range: How far can the scooter travel on a single charge? This may vary between 8 and 15 miles.
- Battery charge: How much time is needed to recharge a battery when it’s completely drained out? This can vary between 2 hours and all night.
These are some of the most important features of mobility scooters that you need to look into before choosing the right one for yourself. Read on to know more about the different types available.