Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Mobility Scooter

Posted on: 26 October 2020

A mobility scooter can be one of the greatest investments you can make in your independence. However, with so many models on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Here are some things to think about before making a purchase.

Where will you use it?

The first thing to consider is the kind of terrain on which you will use your scooter. If you will be using it mostly indoors, to get around your home or other buildings, you will only need a lightweight compact scooter, preferably one that can get around tight corners. If you need one for outdoors, however, you will need a much more heavy-duty model, and if you are likely to go up steep hills, you will be best off with a four-wheel-drive. You will also need to find out about any local laws if you want to drive on the roads — you will probably need a scooter that travels at a certain minimum speed, and may need it to be equipped with lights and mirrors.

How much will you use it?

The second thing you need to bear in mind is how much time you will spend on the scooter. Mobility scooters need regular recharging, and larger models will be a greater drain on the battery. If you will be making long journeys and need a longer charge, you may be better off with a lightweight compact model that will run all day without the need for charging. If you are only making short trips before you can charge it again, a larger model will be possible.

Is it comfortable?

You will also need to consider how comfortable it is to sit in. You may spend some on the scooter, so it is wise to get one that you will enjoy riding. Make sure that the seat is comfortable and that there is enough room for your legs. You may have other mobility issues that are relevant — for example, you may need a scooter that is easy to get on or off or one that does not require you to sit upright. The important thing to remember is that your needs are different from everyone else's and you need a scooter that suits you personally.

If you have any concerns, your supplier will be happy to discuss your needs and make sure you get the right mobility scooter for you. Contact a company like Adaptive Equipment Pty Ltd to get help choosing your scooter.

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