Mobility Scooters – All You Need To Know To Get Started
In this online guide we are going to give a brief overview of the various considerations you need to take before you purchase a mobility scooter.
However, if you would prefer not to view this online why not take 2 minutes to request our far more detailed and completely free mobility scooter consumer guide to be posted to you directly?
This 28 page booklet contains a detailed breakdown of mobility scooter, the technical jargon involved and can help you understand what features you will need on your scooter.
To request your free guide please click on this button below before proceeding any further!
Who Will Benefit From Using A Mobility Scooter?
In short, a mobility scooter is suitable for anyone who has issues with general day to day mobility.
A mobility scooter might be the ideal solution for you if:
- You are looking for way to replace a traditional wheelchair
- You require general assistance with mobility
- Whether you become short of breath easily
- You simply find walking increasingly difficult.
In short, a mobility scooter is ideal for anyone who wants a way to enjoy their surroundings again and to not have to worry about the pain, effort and energy needed to make short, routine trips.
If you have problems with mobility, let the scooter do the work for you!
5 simple questions to ask yourself when looking to buy a mobility scooter
If you have just starts looking for a scooter of your own, ask yourself these 5 key questions. You may not know the answer to them yet but we can help!
1. How Far Will I Need To Travel On My Scooter?
How will you predominantly using the scooter?
Do you drive or can you be driven to the places you generally visit? For example, do you mainly go out to your nearest shopping centre or supermarket in the car?
Do you need to make occasional, short trips on your scooter?
If so, you will likely need a smaller class 2 pavement style scooter as these can be folded up and placed in the boot of your car.
If you want to go directly from your house to the shops you are likely going to need a class 3 scooter for three reasons – they have a higher top speed, have a far longer travel range and can legally travel on the road if needed.
They are essentially designed to be used in lieu of you using a car or public transport such as a bus as they can take you to point a, to point b and back.
The trade-off is that they generally cannot be folded and transported in a car easily, if at all.
As a quick reference here are how fast mobility scooters are:
- Class 2 scooters - 4mph max
- Class 3 scooters - 8mph max
In a nutshell: Short trips are for class 2 scooters, lengthier trips are for class 3 scooters.
2. What Is The General Terrain Like In My Area?
This is perhaps linked with the first question, but rougher and tougher terrain will call for more specialist scooters in terms of its size, suspension options and tyre styles.
If you plan on tackling steep inclines and hills in your area this means that battery capacity becomes much more important.
Taking an electrical motor up a hill puts a far greater strain upon the battery than if you are using it in a flatter area so keep battery capacity and maximum travel range in mind when viewing the mobility scooters.
Generally the stated maximum range by any given manufacturer is its limit in ideal conditions. If you are going to be tackling hills this figure will be lower so perhaps you might need a stronger class 3 model.
Another consideration is whether the scooter will be used in a more built up urban area or in a more rural setting.
If you are going to be taking your scooter into rougher more off road terrain a class 2 scooter would probably be wholly unsuitable so you would need a speciality all terrain class 3 scooter.
It’s a balancing act that we can help you with!
In a nutshell: In general, built up urban areas are more suited for class 2 scooters whilst class 3 scooters are better suited for more rural, hillier and rougher terrain.
3. How will I Store And Charge My Scooter?
An often crucially overlooked afterthought, you must ensure that you have a good place somewhere in your home to keep it out of your way, somewhere that’s dry and somewhere where it can be charged in peace.
The last thing you want to do is realise that you will have to keep it in a corridor and have to shuffle around it awkwardly.
Space consideration is extra important with a class 3 scooter as they cannot be broken down so they need a designated space somewhere in your home.
If you are going to keep it outside in a shed or garage, please ensure that you can fulfil these three things:
- That the space is 100% watertight
- The space is locked and secure from a security point of view
- The space allows easy access in and out
For any advice about storage and ideas on where to charge your scooter (and to learn about off-board charging), why not give us a call? We will be happy to help answer your questions.
In a nutshell: Make sure you have a designated safe, dry and secure space to store your scooter.
4. How Will I Fund The Purchase Of A Mobility Scooter?
We understand that scooters may look initially pricey and potentially unaffordable.
The cost of course is in the fact that they are essentially small scale vehicles with a lot of on-board electronic motorised parts.
Don’t worry if you think that these vehicles are unaffordable – there are actually a few different ways in which you can pay for a scooter.
One of the best ways is through the brilliant Motability scheme which takes your existing rate of your disability living allowance and puts that towards a monthly payment for a great new scooter!
You can learn all about the Motability scheme and who is eligible by clicking on this button – we also have a free guide on Motability which you can request using the form at the foot of that page:
Even if you don’t qualify for Motability there are still plenty of other options available to you.
Please call one of our shops today to ask about finance options we offer and to get more advice on payment schemes.
Don’t let cost be a barrier – get in touch with us today and we will be able to talk you through the various payment options available to you.
In a nutshell: There are multiple schemes available to help fund your scooter
5. Where Can I Try Out A Mobility Scooter?
For us, the answer is anywhere in and around the areas of our shops. These are:
We not only offer free demonstrations on mobility scooters in our shops but we can also offer free home demonstrations where you live as well.
Trying a scooter beforehand really is vital and we suggest that you should always try before you buy.
This is because it’s hard using just images and words to really understand how it will be like for you, personally, to use.
You will want to know if the tiller (the main steering column) feels easy for you to control, whether the clearance makes it simple to get on and off the seat, whether it is easy to control and whether it feels smooth enough to ride it in the areas you are looking to use it.
If you are browsing our scooters simply give your nearest shop to see if you are in their catchment area and to see whether they can book you in for a free home demonstration today.
In a nutshell: Contact us to try before you buy and see the features of the scooters for yourself
Do You Need A Class 2 Or A Class 3 Mobility Scooter?
Now that you have perhaps a keener understanding of mobility scooters do you know now roughly what ‘class’ of scooter you require?
- Do you need a smaller, lightweight scooter that can be transported in the car?
- Do you need a scooter for shorter trips?
- Do you want a scooter for occasional use?
- Do you want a scooter to take you around the shops in more urban, built up locations?
If so, please view our Class 2 scooter range here:
- Do you not need to take your scooter in the car?
- Do you need to make lengthy trips from your house to where you need to get to and back?
- Do you plan on using your scooter often (and instead of a daily bus journey perhaps)
- Do you live in a hilly or area with rough ground?
- Will your frequent routes include going out on the road occasionally?
If so, you will need a class 3 scooter which you can view here:
Learn More About Mobility Scooters By Requesting Our Free Guide
Now that you have a slightly better understanding of what you need in terms of the size and power of your scooter and now want to learn more about the various parts, controls, batteries use etc., then please request the free consumer guide.
This guide is packed full of great information and goes over in detail such subjects as:
- How the controls work
- What tyres and wheels are available
- The various seating options available
- Battery types & battery care explained
- How to get the best out of your scooter
- The rules of the road for class 3 scooter
- What accessories are available
- Details on maintenance and servicing
- Which brands are available
- Safety information
- General advice about shopping for your scooter
As you can see it’s a very helpful guide which is a great basis on which to start your search for a mobility scooter.
Best of all, this information is available through us absolute FREE.
We want you to get a better understanding of your scooter before you contact us so that we can help you find your ideal scooter better and for you to know why we recommend certain models.
Get your free guide by simply clicking on this button and filling out your details – it won’t even take 5 minutes out of your day!