Useful features to consider when choosing a mobility scooter
As with most aspects of our lives, the massive evolution of technology has resulted in huge changes in the mobility scooter sector. Gone are the days when these would only be considered by the very elderly. Now, if you are physically challenged and have any kind of difficulties in moving, there will be an appropriate mobility scooter to come to your rescue. But the downside of having such a huge range of products to choose from is that it can make the right decision challenging. This article, therefore, focuses on a few useful features to consider when choosing a mobility scooter that you might not otherwise think of.
Of course, when choosing a mobility scooter there are some very obvious factors to consider such as:
- What exactly will you be using the scooter for? For example, is the priority for shopping, will you be travelling short or long distances? Have you considered the broader impacts of travelling with disabilities?
- Will you need to transport the scooter?
- How and where will your scooter be stored? Do you need a ramp to get the scooter into your property?
- Do you need a pavement scooter (Class 2) or a bigger Class 3 scooter that can be driven on the roads?
- Comfort and easy accessibility to necessary features.
- Price range. As with most products, you generally get what you pay for but conversely, the most expensive option is not necessarily the best choice for you. There are many options such as Easy Pay Mobility to enable people to buy the most appropriate mobility scooter for their needs on affordable payment plans.
But some additional considerations are:
1. Back-up service
All scooters come with at least a one-year Manufacturer’s Warranty, but what happens after that time when you have a problem. Check if your supplier is offering an extended warranty and/or and type of longer-term service cover.
2. Battery life
There’s no denying the importance of your scooter’s battery, particularly if you intend to use it for longer trips. Your usage depends on the ability of the battery to store energy but equally, you also need a good battery indicator that fits your needs.
If you are about to set off on a long journey, the battery indicator will inform you if it needs to be charged for a few hours before you leave the home. There is nothing worse than setting off and your battery running out unexpectedly and you becoming stranded. So do ensure you have a good battery indicator that is easy for you to see and read.
You should also be aware that it is bad for battery life to keep scooters outside in cold and/or exceptionally hot weather. To make storage of the scooter easier, some smaller scooters have the option to remove batteries for charging.
3. Security measures
Keeping your scooter safe from theft and potential damage should be on the top of your priority. Do ensure, therefore, that you have keyed-ignition to ensure you are the only person who can turn the power on.
According to storage and usage, you may also want to consider an anti-theft alarm, although these do not necessarily need to be purchased with the scooter.
Good lights and signals on a mobility scooter are essential for safety. LED lights are brighter and use less power.
At least one wing mirror is required if you are going to drive the scooter on the road, but this is advisable for any size scooter.
Naturally, ensure your scooter is solidly built and has sturdy bumpers.
People often underestimate the amount of storage they might need such as baskets and bags and possibly crutch holders.
You may need a cover or shelters according to personal circumstances.
A canopy may seem an interesting option so that the scooter is useable in all weathers. However, it is generally better to consider other ways of keeping warm and dry! Canopies can be difficult to remove and also pose a security risk as the rain builds up on the outside of the canopy as does condensation internally thereby hindering visibility.