Choosing a Mobility Scooter
Mobility scooters are a great way to discover your independence and enjoy greater freedom. They are used by a variety of different people, from older people to those with disabilities. Anyone who has difficulty walking long distances could benefit from having a mobility scooter.
Whether it’s for making short trips to the shops, visiting friends and family, enjoying longer days out or even for taking with you when you travel, scooters are a great choice. They are economical and very easy to use, providing you with the perfect solution for getting out and about independently.
Mobility scooters come in a range of different types, sizes and power levels. An understanding of what your requirements and circumstances are will provide the starting point in finding a mobility scooter that will best suit your needs.
Mobility Scooter Uses
Thinking about the day to day use for your mobility scooter will help determine what type of scooter will suit you best. If you’re looking for a scooter to use occasionally when out and about, a smaller model may be ideal but if you are more inclined to go on longer journeys, a larger, more robust scooter may be more suitable. See Types of Mobility Scooters for more information.
Charging Your Mobility Scooter
This is quite an important aspect to think about as some scooters are charged with the battery still mounted in the scooter called ‘onboard’ charging. This is very easy to do, provided the scooter can be stored close to a power point. Other models can be charged by removing the battery and charging anywhere in your home.
Transporting Mobility Scooters
Some mobility scooters are easier to transport than others so it’s worth thinking about how often you’ll need to transport your scooter. Boot scooters are designed to fold down or dismantle easily and fit into the boot of most cars whereas larger models may be more challenging to transport. Wheelchair accessible vehicles offer more space and may be able to accommodate larger models.
Storing Your Scooter
Where you will store the scooter when not in use plays a part in the type of scooter you choose. Smaller mobility scooters are great for storage and don’t take up much space and some can even be dismantled and left in a car boot. Larger models also require indoor storage but as they’ are larger, storage in the home may not be possible. We recommend that larger scooters are stored in a garage or a garden shed, ideally where there is access to power for charging.
Class 2 Scooters
- Speed: 4mph
- Use on pavements: Yes
- Use on roads: No
- ‘Nil value’ tax disc required: No
Class 3 Scooters
- Speed: 6mph or 8pmh
- Use on pavements: Yes, limited to 4mph
- Use on roads: Yes
- ‘Nil value’ tax disc required: Yes