Our Top Tips for Choosing a Mobility Scooter
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. However, there are many things to consider before buying your scooter.
If you’re wondering how to choose a mobility scooter, 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.
Do You Travel by Pavement or Road Scooter?
If you’re thinking about how to choose a mobility scooter that’s right for you, you’ll need to think about where you’ll typically be going and how to get there. Will you typically be travelling via the pavement, or on the road? The Highway Code states that there are two classes for powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Class 2 Vehicle
These are typically designed for pavements and have a speed limit of 4mp
Class 3 Vehicle
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.
Are You a Day Tripper?
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.
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 moves like a suitcase once folded. 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!
Three Wheels or Four?
It’s also worth considering how many wheels you want on your scooter. Three-wheel scooters, like 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.
What’s Your Budget?
Like any important purchase for your home or health, it’s important to invest in a quality product that you can enjoy for years to come. If you’re considering how to choose a mobility scooter that’s right for your budget, we recommend taking your time to research offerings online, in addition to speaking with a trained professional. The Middletons team in store and online are always on hand to talk through mobility options to suit your budget and help you to find the perfect scooter that works for you and your lifestyle.
Where Will You Store Your Scooter?
When you choose your next scooter, you may want to consider where you’ll be storing it. Will you be keeping it outside? If so, you may want to invest in a scooter garage or scooter cove to protect your scooter from the elements. You may also consider a scooter ramp to help you navigate steps or uneven surfaces safely.
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.