Buying a mobility scooter can feel a bit daunting if you’re doing so for the first time, or helping a friend or relative to make the right decision for their needs. Rest assured, however, the market offers some fantastic options. You can even get modern mobility scooter off road versions so that the countryside and non-urban environments in general remain accessible!
Knowing What You Need
There are hundreds of mobility scooter models available, and each will have features designed to suit a range of needs. Remember, a mobility scooter will be fulfilling a clear physical need as well as providing support for an easier lifestyle, so you must choose a model which works for your situation. If you have arthritis, for example, a model with easily operated controls will be essential.
An occupational therapist can help you to make the right decision, and you will find that a reputable mobility scooter shop will also be able to give you a fantastic steer. Some customers will also be in receipt of an NHS or Local Authority assessment, which can provide useful information about features or adaptations needed.
Pavement Suitable Scooters
Some scooters are specifically designed for retail areas and pavements, and these are called Class 2 models. They are often a good choice for people who live in suburban or urban areas, and are light, small and cheaper than road scooters. Look for easy transport and folding functionalities. There are dismantling and folding versions which are handy for putting into the boot of a car if you are travelling somewhere. You may need to buy a car hoist as the parts will still be heavy. Bear in mind that these lighter models can feel less comfortable than road scooters and seem a little flimsy too, but on the plus side they are very easy to drive and can also be used indoors.
These fall into the Class 3 of scooter. If you want an outdoor mobility scooter off road versions can fall within this category too. These are heavier and larger than Class 2 models and are designed for road use, apart from motorways or A-roads. The fastest speed that is legal for this scooter category is 8mph. They are ideal for longer journeys of up to 20 miles and can deal with hills thanks to their bigger batteries.
Choosing the Right Model for You
Consider the type of journey you are most likely to make and typical terrain you will cover. Consider storage facilities, as well as your own budget. What about your size and mobility? These will be important factors to consider. Are you likely to simply take small journeys to the shops via a pavement? If so, a light Class 2 could work for you. Are you looking for go offroad, on longer journeys or up hills? In that case, a Class 3 scooter that can go on the road might work better for your needs.