Mobility Scooters – What You Need to Know
A mobility scooter is similar to a regular motor scooter or electric scooter in the manner that it is built but it it specifically engineered for use by people who need a little assistance getting around. If you have difficulty getting around on your own sometimes, this may be just the thing to give you the mobility and extra independence you need. Just remember mobility scooters are best for people who can stand up and walk couple of steps on their own. You do need good upper body balance and control to be able to safely use this type of transportation. This kind of scooter is perfect for anyone who has the most difficulty walking any long distance or getting up slight or steep slopes.
Most mobility scooters have two rear wheels over which the seat is located. There is a flat platform right in front where you place your feet and directly in front of that is the column which has the steering control. In the front you may find one or two wheels. Most of these scooters are electric but you can find gasoline powered ones if you really want. The electric ones come with rechargeable batteries. Be sure to find out more about the power of the batteries so if you need to maneuver slopes often it will have enough muscle to get you where you are going.
The steering column which is called the tiller is very important as you need to be sure you understand how it works and that as the user you are comfortable with it. The tiller controls, which include steering forward and reverse and scooter speed, can be different in different models. Be sure to get one that is easiest for you as you will use these controls most often since moving around is the real purpose of getting this machine. Most commonly the controls are either a paddle or switch which you can move with your fingers or thumb. All mobility scooters have automatic braking which means you need to do something to move, you will not just coast if you are not pressing any controls. You must use the finger, thumb or switch style controls to be in command of all movement. You will need to learn to gradually press and release the controls gently so you increase and decrease speed slowly. Check to see if there is a way to set the controls for maximum speed to prevent accidents.
Another important thing to decide is where you will primarily use this scooter. Front wheel drive is best for indoor use as this is a smaller machine that provides greater maneuverability. Being a smaller scooter this can only accommodate up to 250 lbs. For covering more distance and increased outdoor use, the rear wheel scooter is probably the best. This can be used indoor too but you just need more room to turn and it can also handle extra weight.
A mobility scooter can be just the thing you need to greatly improve your independence. Make sure you do your research and select wisely.