A Guide to Class 2 Pavement Mobility Scooters
Lightweight and great for going shopping, this class of scooter is ideal for helping you to achieve everyday tasks with ease.
The Key Benefits Of A Class 2 Mobility Scooter:
Ease of Use
Although there will be a small amount of practice involved when it comes to geting used to your new scooter (especially when it comes to stopping in a controlled manner), almost all are designed to be as easy to use as possible.
Whilst you should familiarise yourself with parts of a scooter to know what will be suitable for you, one of the key areas you should look at first is the tiller handlebars.
If you are taller or if you have limited hand dexterity you should consider the use of a wraparound style handlebar rather than the T-bar straight handle as this will make it easier for you to control the scooter.
This a straight handlebar:
This is a wraparound style delta handlebar:
Seats & Armrests
Whilst a mobility scooter is designed to aid many people in a variety of ways, it is highly likely that you will find getting on and off seats problematic if you are considering the use of one. To help make life easier for yourself, make sure that the seat is at a comfortable height for you to get on and off from.
Most seats generally swivel around and the armrests are usually moveable to allow you to get on easier, so if you think that this is something that you will require ensure that the model can do this before purchase.
This is illustrated by the Strider ST#3 here:
Owing to their slimmer dimensions, smaller batteries and lighter chassis, class 2 mobility scooters are far lighter than their bulkier counterparts.
In fact, to go further with this most of the models found on this page are ‘boot scooters’ which are designed in such a way that the entire scooter can either fold away or dismantle into its modular parts so that it can be placed easily into a car.
Here is the TGA Minimo scooter folded up:
Here is the Apex Rapid in its five parts:
These make it simple to visit somewhere far further than the normal range of a scooter can manage (such as going on a trip somewhere or visiting friends or family) because they can easily tuck themselves away whilst you drive somewhere new.
They are also ideal for taking with you to visit an out of town shopping centre as they will allow you to go around the shops in the comfort of using your own vehicle which you know and trust rather than hiring one there.
If you are looking for a scooter which combines supreme transportability as well as exceptional value we recommend the fantastic Invacare Colibiri as it comes with an ingenious ‘LiteLock’ system which makes it very swift to disassemble and assemble. It’s also exceptionally light (its heaviest part is only 15.6kg which is just over 2 stone) so it should be easy enough for most to lift it into the car.
Just make sure you measure your boot first so that you know that it can fit in when folded down! Most should be perfectly adequate though.
Often coming in pairs, battery sizes vary from model to model but in order to make them lightweight, batteries on a class 2 model are usually a bit smaller than their class 3 siblings.
This shouldn’t be a problem however as you shouldn’t be using a class 2 mobility scooter to go on long trips because they are designed more for inside use rather than outside use. For this reason their overall battery capacities are perfectly sufficient when it comes to this type of journey.
The batteries are measured in Ah, which is an ampere hour and the equation at its most basic is quite straightforward – The higher the value of the Ah, the longer the overall distance you will be able to travel on a single charge.
As a general rule a boot scooter will have the smallest battery in terms of both Ah and size as they have to be smaller and lighter by necessity.
To maintain a healthy battery life you should always follow the supplied instructions extremely carefully as they are crucial for ensuring the life of them are maximised to their fullest. This involves everything from ensuring that you calibrate it properly on its first few uses to not leaving the charger plugged in after it is fully charged and protecting it at all times from the precipitation and extreme temperature.
There are a huge range of factors to consider when it comes to the overall life of a battery and will depend on everything from the terrain that you will be riding on, the care you take with it when recharging, how it is stored, whether it is kept dry etc.
However, the more care you take with it during its life the longer you should expect your battery to last overall.
If you would like more information on battery life or warranties please get in touch with us and we will be glad to help in any way we can.
We have briefly mentioned this on the previous mobility scooter page but a 4mph maximum scooter is legally only allowed to travel on the pavements, but are permitted on roads where no pavement is available (such as when crossing roads for example).
Because of this there is less red-tape involved in owning one of these as they don’t have to be registered by the DVLA, so you can get going with a minimum of fuss.
One thing that some are concerned about is whether you need to undertake a legal eyesight requirement. Just for clarification, there is no legal requirement to ride on any mobility scooter but it is advised by the government (and by us as well of course) that you should be able to read the registration from a car from 40 feet away. Even at 4mph great care must be employed at all times so please refrain from using one if you have poor eyesight to aid the safety of yourself and others around you.
Whilst insurance is not a legal requirement either we strongly recommend you find yourself a policy to protect yourself from a future mishap. Generally a policy should cover you against all the usual things such as injury, damage and theft whilst you use it. We don’t endorse any one company – an internet search engine is a good first place to start quickly finding prices on policies. Just make sure you find one which meets your needs.
For more information on legal issues why not read the guidelines on the gov.uk website which has detailed information on mobility scooter isues.
Where Will It Be Stored?
A sometimes crucially overlooked area when purchasing a mobility scooter!
Keeping your scooter safe and dry when not in use is crucial to the ongoing maintenance of your scooters life so you should have a good idea on where you will keep it when not in use. They are valuable items so if you do keep yours in a garage it is probably a good idea to not only ensure that it is covered to protect it from harsh temperatures but also that you have a very good lock on the door.
If you are keeping it in a separate garage or shed or hut you want to make sure that it is 100% waterproof and that there is a safe and secure power outlet in there so it can be charged easily.
If there is no plug this might not be a problem anyway as you will probably be able to remove the batteries and charge them 'offboard' on certain models.
If you are going to be keeping it inside the home you need to consider where it can be left in an unobtrusive way for others and in a place which is easy for you to access.
The fact that the overall dimensions for a pavement scooter are generally slimmer in both width and depth is one of the key areas in which these types are superior to the bulkier 8mph scooters.
If space is tight then a class 2 scooter might be your ideal choice.
How to know if a class 2 pavement mobility scooter is right for you
They Are Easily Affordable - Especially With The Motability Scheme
Should cost be an issue when it comes to purchasing an items such as this, you should familiarise yourself with this fantastic scheme.
You can read more about it by clicking here or by visiting the Motability website itself (both will open in new tabs so this page won’t disappear!) so we won’t retrace all the same ground in this section.
In short though, the scheme is a fantastic way of making mobility affordable for those who require it because it is available to such a wide range of people. If you receive the higher rate of mobility allowance or if you receive a war pensioner’s mobility supplement then you are eligible to be placed on the Motability scheme.
Try before you buy
We are not an online only business - we actually have many shops across England and Wales where you will be able to get to try out some of these for yourself.
Of course, stock will vary from shop to shop so please call ahead first so that you know what we have available for you to try.
If you cannot make it to a shop, there’s no need to worry. If you are within a reasonable distance from one of our shops we can even arrange to have one delivered to you to try out for free by one of our engineers.
If you do decide to try before you should ring through to one of our shops so that you can discuss your requirements with a store manager. They will be able to let you know what they have in stock and they should be able to judge what model would be suitable to meet your requirements.
When you actually use one and test out how easy it is for you to get on and off, feeling its turning circle radius and seeing how it actually works for yourself is without question the best way of deciding whether that particular model is right for you.
You can either ring through on the individual shop page number or you can simply ring 0800 0334 060 and ask to be placed through to your nearest shop through our switchboard and we will be delighted to aid you in any way we can when it comes to choosing your ideal pavement scooter.
Want something larger and faster? Have a look at our class 3 mobility scooters by clicking here.