A Guide To Class 3 Travel Scooters
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The Key Benefits Of A Class 3 Mobility Scooter
The most powerful of all mobility scooters, these travel scooters are able to take you on a long range ride in comfort and safety.
Whilst a class 2 scooter has wheels usually around the 8 inch or so mark, you will find that a class 3 model will generally have larger wheels ofaround 10 inches or so in order to help cope with the more varied terrain you will be taking it on.
Although there are specialised ‘off-road’ scooters which are designed to get you around the countryside, the scooters found on this page can handle more challenging surfaces such as loose gravel far easier than if using a pavement scooter.
Just remember to get the owner’s permission before riding over grass!
Unlike most of the pavement scooters, suspension on the actual chassis itself will come as standard in almost class 3 all travel scooters.
As well as simply providing you with additional comfort as you get from pace to place, because these scooters are designed to be sat in for longer, this feature will become especially important for maintaining your comfort for lengthy periods of time.
Top speeds of up to 6-8mph
This is the real key difference between the two classes of scooter as the one they fall into is defined by their top speed.
The quick rule of thumb is that a class 2 scooter is capable of speeds of 4mph whilst a class 3 is one which is capable of anything up to 8mph. There are some mid-size scooters which straddle the line between the two and can go at 6mph, but these are still class 3 because they exceed the 4mph limit.
Even if your scooter is able to travel at 8mph, you are not legally allowed to exceed 4mph whilst travelling on a public footpath so you will find that there will be some kind of switch which puts your scooter into ‘pavement mode’ which will reduce your top speed to the permissible limit.
You must note however that whilst these top speeds are capable of driving you from place to place faster, you must be greatly aware of your surroundings and have total control before you reach these speeds and that you are a hundred percent confident with the control system before you set off.
Greater battery capacity
Going hand in hand with the greater top speed, this is the other feature which really sets the two classes apart, as the range your able to travel will be far longer than on a more lightweight scooter.
The reason for this is because the size of the battery is defined by the use of the scooter itself.
For example, a boot scooter is designed to be lifted up and placed in a boot so its component parts need to be lightweight, which of course includes the battery pack. Having a lighter battery means that it can store less power, meaning its range is reduced. However, for a boot scooter this is not a problem because it doesn’t need to have an enormous range because it is designed to be ridden around the local shops and will generally be driven from place to place.
When it comes to a class 3 travel scooter however, the reverse applies.
These are not easily transportable and are not designed to be placed in your car because their purpose is to allow you to ride from your front door to wherever it is you require to go. Because of this, the battery packs can be far larger so you can have a far greater range.
When it comes to using any battery, great care must be taken in order to both maximise and preserve its life, so you must make sure that you follow all written instructions as well as follow the advice of any engineers who demonstrate the scooter to you.
Whilst there will be a range given for every scooter you should take this as a guide because this figure is hugely dependent on many different factors, including what terrain you will be riding it on, the load weight, how well the battery has been looked after and how old the battery is.
Other Considerations For Class 3 Mobility Scooters
Think about your storage options
Because you are generally going to be keeping your machine in one piece, it is absolutely vital that you have somewhere that is suitable to store it.
Wherever you want to keep it, you are going to need to make sure that it can satisfy three things – firstly that it is large enough to fit the scooter (and yourself), secondly, that it is completely dry and watertight, and thirdly that you have some kind of power outlet so you can charge it on-board.
Some class 3 scooters will also feature an off-board charging kit where you can remove the battery away from the body of the scooter, so this final point may not be as important as the others.
To maintain good care of your scooter you absolutely must make every effort to keep it as dry as possible as it is electrically powered, so water, dirt and mud may adversely affect the performance of the motor and the battery.
The Motability scheme
A wonderful way of getting you mobile, this fantastic scheme allows people to use their higher rate of Disability Allowance to pay off the cost of their mobility scooter.
If you are worried about cost and you don’t think you can afford something like a mobility scooter, this scheme opens up the ownership of a powered vehicle to anyone who really requires it.
For more details you can read about it on our Motability page here, or you can consult the Motability website itself, which can be found here.
Legal information on Class 3 mobility scooters
For detailed information on what you need to know about a class 3 vehicle, you should consult the gov.uk website which has easy to read and follow advice. The link is here:
Although you do not have to pay for vehicle tax for a mobility scooter, because these vehicles are capable of travelling up to 8mph and are allowed to go on the road, you are obliged to register your scooter with the DVLA.
This process is quite simple and you can you must fill in a V55/4 form for new vehicles (you have to get a V55/5 if you are buying second hand) and this can be requested through the governments website. Unfortunately, this form does not appear to be available in your local post office so it can only be done through the link posted above.
Want to try out a class 3 scooter before you buy?
Testing something out for yourself before you buy is one of the best ways of ensuring that what you are getting meets your needs and is right for you.
Because we are not just an online only retailer, we are able to offer you the opportunity to test drive a scooter for free before you buy.
We have many branches across the UK so if you are interested in being given a free home demonstration on a scooter, please give us a call and we will see how we can help make life easier.
There is no obligation and you will really get a feel for the model and its features because you can test it out near where you live helping you to make an informed choice on something that is going to greatly affect your day to day mobility.
For more details, just give us a call on 0800 0334 060 or request your free consumer guide now!
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