Types of Mobility Scooter
There are a wide variety of mobility scooters available to choose from. Each scooter is different and finding the perfect one for you will depend on your individual needs and circumstances.
Depending on the model you choose, you may have the option of a mobility scooter with three or four wheels. Three-wheeled scooters offer fantastic manoeuvrability due to their tight turning radius and four-wheeled scooters provide great stability coping better with terrain that’s less even.
Boot scooters, also known as portable scooters, are a popular choice with many people. Due to their compact size they’re easy to transport and ideal for storage. Many of these scooters can dismantle within a matter of minutes without the need for any tools.
They’re used on the pavement only and can travel at a maximum speed of 4mph, which means they’re easy to control. This type of scooter is more suited to people who tend to make shorter journeys, as they have smaller batteries resulting in a shorter range. They therefore need charged a little more often in comparison to larger models.
These scooters are slightly larger than boot scooters and are therefore more robust. As they are larger, they have bigger batteries which means they can travel further in between charges. They also tend to be more comfortable so are a good option if you have more storage space and don’t intend to transport your scooter too often.
Although some mid-sized mobility scooters can be dismantled to transport by car, the components are heavier and a bit more difficult to take apart than boot scooters. Many mid-sized scooters are limited to 4mph; whilst others can travel at 6mph. This means they are road legal so require to be registered with DVLA and display a ‘nil value’ tax disc.
Road scooters are designed for people who want to use their scooter for longer journeys, including the option of going on the road. These are much larger and more powerful than other scooters as they can reach speeds of up to 8mph, this is limited to 4mph when travelling on pavements. They can also be great for getting outdoors, for example in some country parks.