What is a mobility scooter?
A mobility scooter is a mobility aid configured to be like a motor scooter. It is often referred to as a electric scooter or power-operated scooter. A mobility scooter has a seat over three or four wheels, a flat area or foot plates for the feet, and handlebars in front to turn the steerable wheel(s). Mobility scooters are usually battery powered and the batteries are stored on board the scooter and can be charged via a battery charger from standard electric power. The weight capacity varies from 300 lbs. to 500 lbs. depending on the model.
What are the advantages of a mobility scooter?
Mobility scooters are assistive devices designed to be used by people with mobility problems like coronary or lung issues, arthritis, obesity etc. A mobility scooter can be a great boon for people without the stamina or arm/shoulder flexibility necessary to use a manual wheelchair. Also, swiveling the seat of an electric scooter is generally easier than moving the foot supports on most conventional wheelchairs. A mobility scooter is very helpful for persons with systemic or whole-body disabling conditions who are still able to stand and walk a few steps, sit upright without torso support, and control the steering tiller. Mobility scooters are in general more affordable than powered wheelchairs, making them a cheaper alternative.
Who needs a Mobility Scooter?
There are many factors which decide whether a Mobility Scooter is the right Mobility Aid for you. Here are some common things which might help you make a decision. A mobility scooter is recommended if:
- You have problems moving around and getting in and out of your home
- You can’t walk or stand for extended periods of time
- You are confined to your home and are unable to go outside
- You spend more than 5 hours of your day sitting or laying down due to mobility issues
- You can’t walk a long distance because of heart problems
Why should I choose a four wheel scooter?
There are many advantages that 4 wheel electric mobility scooters offer which make them better and safer than comparable 3 wheel scooters. The main advantages are:
Enhanced balance: It goes without saying that 4 wheel scooters provide more balance to the rider than their 3 wheeled counterparts. Enhanced balance of the scooter keeps the user’s body aligned while seated keeping them much safer and the presence of the 4th wheel makes them less prone to tipping over. Balance is the deciding factor if the user is physically unable to control much movement.
Increased weight capacity: Four wheel mobility scooters generally have a higher weight carrying capacity than three wheel mobility scooters. 4 wheel scooters are especially beneficial for bariatric patients who require larger weight capacity.
More power: Four wheel scooters tend to have more power than three wheel scooters and also have an increased traveling range. Powerful scooters have the tendency to last longer, making them more durable and dependable. But more power also means bigger motors and heavier batteries making them relatively harder to lift and fit into the trunk of a car.
Comfortable drive: 4 wheel mobility scooters generally have bigger suspension which makes the scooter much smoother and fluid to drive on the road. The ride quality of each model is different. Some scooter models have a very soft suspension making them ideal for flat surfaces while some scooters offer a stiffer suspension which allows the scooter to face tough terrains.
Can handle rough terrain: Some 4 wheel scooters are designed to travel on a variety of terrains including gravel and sand while some scooters are designed to be ridden on smooth roads and indoors on carpets and wooden floors. If you intend to ride on rough uneven terrain or a live in a locality with a lot of pot holes or plan to spend most of your time outdoors, then a 4-wheel electric mobility scooter is the ideal choice.