A guide to good mobility scooters
Mobility scooters help those with limited mobility get out and about on a day to day basis; they provide the much needed freedom to people who may suffer from arthritis, circulation problems or just general unsteadiness. If you’re considering purchasing a mobility scooter then this guide will talk you through the basics, as well as what to look out for if you want to end up with a good, steady scooter.
Places you can use your mobility scooter
Mobility scooters should be used on pathways, except for when crossing, you should never use them on roads. Additionally you can use them on bridle ways and pedestrian areas.
Whilst it is not a legal requirement that your mobility scooter be insured, you should certainly consider it; an insurance policy would protect you if you were to be injured, or if you inadvertently injured a third party.
What a mobility scooter can allow you to do
Owning a mobility scooter will provide you with freedom that you would not have without it; you can use it to visit people, go shopping and get around if you chose to go on holiday. The latter of which raises an important question: how portable does your scooter need to be? If you’re planning on travelling on holiday by car, then it is important that you check how your scooter will travel. Can it be folded? How heavy is it? Although you may not be packing and unpacking your scooter yourself, it is important for your companion or family that they are able to lift it.
Your needs and choice of scooter
You should bear in mind your personal needs when looking for a suitable scooter; if you suffer from back problems then you will need effective lumber support, as well as suspension that is considerate to any pain.
How to buy?
If you listen to our advice you may be able to get your mobility scooter with great discount! Below are the options to keep in mind when buying:
- Vat relief - if you are elgible for it, you may be able to save 20% off the price.
- Motability scheme - it allows eleigible members to gain access to mobility scooters, cars, wheelchairs.
- NHS support - you cana talk to your GP to ask for all the options available to you through NHS
- Leasing or financing - you can spread the cost with either or the options if you can't afford to pay your mobility scooter in full.
Storing your scooter
Bear in mind that following your purchase, you will need to store your scooter somewhere suitable. Because it is electric, this will need to be somewhere inside;think about this whilst looking at the various sizes that are available.
Your local area
Another important factor that may influence which scooter is suitable for you is your local area. If, for example, you live in a rural area with steep inclines, then you will need a scooter that is sufficiently powered to deal with it. Conversely, if you live in an urban area, then you should look at how high the curbs are. If they are particularly high then your scooter must be higher from the ground.
By now you should have a good idea of what to look for when purchasing a mobility scooter; by following the aforementioned tips, you can enjoy all the freedom that your mobility scooter will bring.