Posted on Tuesday December 13 2011
A mobility scooter can be used to help retain mobility. Before buying mobility scooters, as with any other product, it is best to get educated on the various brand names in the market, their features and their functions. Mobility scooters were invented more than 20 years ago because of mobility gain concerns. Compared to power chairs, mobile scooters are lighter, compact and more steerable.
There are currently three types of mobility scooters available on the market today: the folding scooter, the three-wheeled scooter as well as the four-wheeled scooter. There can be a choice between a front wheel drive or a rear wheel drive; four wheeled or three wheeled mobility scooters. There is a wide range available in mobility scooters of different sizes, styles and colors. The vehicles can be used both, indoors and out door.
Most Mobility Scooters are primarily intended to be used on solid surfaces, like paved concrete, indoors, or over grass. Indoor mobility scooters provide greater range of movements, allowing the operator to take tighter turns. There are, in fact, several models that are designed to go over terrain that is much rougher. These units are called heavy duty scooters and have many features that make it ideal for outdoor use. Mobility scooters that can be used on the road and should have the following safety features fitted: Front and rear lights, Head Rest & Arm Rests, Charge level indicator, Indicators and hazard lights, Horn, Rear view mirror, Brakes… Many manufactures offer additional features such as: Reverse warning siren, Puncture proofed tyre`s, High visibility reflectors, Improved Suspension, Easy carry battery bag.
New Mobility Scooters require very little maintenance, other than their annual service. It is recommended that certain steps are undertaken to ensure long life. Keep it looking good, but also prevent unnecessary wear. Don’t let your mobility scooter get too wet if you are caught in the rain, dry your mobility scooter to prevent corrosion. If you plan to travel at night, then lights are essential, especially if you are travelling on the road. Each scooter will have a different maximum weight so check with the manufacturer for this information.
Familiarize yourself with the scooter prior to making your first trip outside the home and get used to steering, starting and stopping. Some people advise practising with the scooter in a safe area prior to using on the pavement. Try to use your scooter in good weather before going out in the rain. Build up the length of your trips gradually as you confidence grows. This will also give you a chance to test the battery range of your vehicle.
You should exactly now what you need and expect from your mobility scooter before you buy it. Make sure that they are physically capable of operating the disabled mobility scooters, have good vision and hearing, and can remember relevant safety procedures. Consult qualified and highly experienced healthcare workers so that the skills of the perspective users can be professionally assessed. Make sure has been recognized for excellence in customer service by regional institutions and has good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the national Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.
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