Our top tips for choosing a mobility scooter

Written by
Helen West

A mobility scooter can help you get around independently. They can dramatically improve the quality of your life, making it easy to carry out daily activities like visiting friends or popping to the shops.

If you’re considering buying one, you may have already had a look at the various different options on the market. Buying a mobility scooter is a big decision, so we’ve put together a few things to consider before you make this life-changing purchase.

Pavements or roads?

It’s important to think about where you will be using your scooter. Under the Highway Code, there are two classes for powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Powered wheelchairs and scooters must not travel faster than 4 mph (6 km/h) on pavements or in pedestrian areas

Class 2 vehicles have an upper speed limit of 4 mph, and are designed for pavement use only. Class 3 vehicles have an upper limit of 8 mph, and can be used on both roads and pavements. Class 3 vehicles must also be fitted with lights and indicators.

Obey the speed limit

According to government regulations: 'Powered wheelchairs and scooters MUST NOT travel faster than 4 mph (6 km/h) on pavements or in pedestrian areas' – so make sure you keep an eye on your speed!

Folding scooters

If you often take your scooter with you on days out, or if you enjoy travelling either at home or abroad, you may want to opt for a folding scooter.

Middletons Discovery folding scooter

These innovative scooters are compact and easily transportable. They fold down, either manually or automatically, and are often small enough to fit in the boot of a car.

Our best-selling Discovery scooter is lightweight, and once folded, moves like a suitcase. Its revolutionary folding system means it’s easy to use. Simply press a button, and the scooter will unfold (or fold) on its own in less than twenty seconds!

Middletons Discovery folding scooter

Registering your scooter

You don’t need a license to drive a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, but class 3 scooters and wheelchairs must be registered. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has specific forms just for this purpose. For more information, click here to visit their website.

Three wheels or four?

It’s also worth considering how many wheels you want on your scooter. Three wheel scooters, like the our popular Explorer model, are usually lighter than four wheel models. They’re easier to manoeuvre, as they require less space to turn, and are often foldable. However, if you’re concerned about your ability to balance, four wheel scooters like the Tracker offer greater stability.

Don’t forget your accessories!

Will you be storing your scooter outside? If so, you may want to invest in a scooter garage or scooter cove to protect your scooter from the elements. A scooter ramp will help you navigate steps or uneven surfaces safely, and a handy backpack or bag is essential for popping to the shops.

We hope this guide has been helpful. If you would like to speak to someone in more detail about choosing the right mobility scooter for you, call us free on 0800 999 2831 or visit one of our showrooms.

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