Choosing the Right Mobility Scooter
If your mobility is limited or deteriorating then you may be thinking about choosing a mobility scooter.
Choosing a mobility scooter can enhance life in many ways such as increasing the ability to get around, promoting independence and social participation to name only a few.
Considerations When Choosing a Mobility Scooter
- The types of journeys you plan to make
- The types of terrain you’ll cover
- Your storage facilities
- Your body weight and size
- Your budget
Types of Journey
Think about your typical journey and how far you will travel. Will a fully charged battery be adequate for your needs? You don’t want to run out of charge when you are miles from your destination.
Types of Terrain
Remember to factor in the type of surfaces that you will travel on. Consider if a sturdier model would be better, or if you need something a bit lighter to get you around your local supermarket or shopping center.
Types of terrain will also impact the amount of charge on your battery. So, if your journey is hilly this will use more energy than a journey on the flat.
Your mobility scooter will need to be stored in a secure, dry place.
You’ll also need to think about charging the scooter, so ensure there is an electric socket in the area you’re planning to store it in.
Your Body Weight and Size
If you are a large person you will need to look for a scooter that is appropriate and safe for you. Measure and record your weight accurately and check the manufacturer’s details.
Mobility scooter costs vary depending on specification. Your mobility scooter cost will differ depending on different specifications and features you choose to include.
The Government’s Motability Scheme helps you to get mobile by exchanging your mobility allowance to lease a new scooter.
To be eligible for the Motability Scheme you must be in receipt of a higher rate mobility allowance.
- Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment
- Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
Types of Mobility Scooter
Mobility scooters fall into two main categories. Ones that are for use on the pavement and ones that are for use on the road.
Mobility Scooters for the Pavement
Mobility scooters that can be used on pavements and in shopping areas are called Class 2 scooters.
Class 2 scooters are smaller, lighter and often cheaper than those designed for the road. They should be driven at 4mph on pavements although some models are capable of much faster speeds.
Boot scooters (classified as Class 2) are specifically designed to be compact and easier to fold or dismantle. They can be transported in the boot of a car. Boot scooters differ in weight. You will need to ensure that you, or your carers, can disassemble or fold the scooter, then lift the scooter in and out of the boot and finally reassemble/unfold it at your destination.
Mobility Scooters for the Road
Mobility scooters for the road are Class 3 vehicles. They are larger and heavier than their Class 2 cousins. You can drive them on any roads, except motorways (or dual carriageways that have a speed limit of 50mph or above). The maximum speed at which you can drive your scooter on a road is 8mph (it’s 4mph for pavements).