For many those have limited mobility, an electric mobility scooter is an excellent alternative to having a wheelchair.
Many would rather have a scooter rather than a wheelchair because they are more visually attractive, are more compact and are also easier to manoeuvre. Let’s take a look at some mobility scooter traits and their benefits as mobility support.
An electric mobility scooter comprises a platform with wheels that has a drive unit and batteries. Much like that of a larger vehicle such as a truck or car, a rear-wheel-drive mobility scooter would be preferred for rough areas and hills because they have greater traction than front-wheel-drive models.
Convenience and Security
The base unit dimensions and structure should be thoroughly examined. The feet must be easily supported and the controls easy to use and conveniently within reach.
The durability of the base of the scooter on slopes and sharp turns is necessary. Many mobility scooters have devices on the wheels for balance during movements like these, so be sure to check that the scooter you’re contemplating on buying has these mechanisms.
Constructed mainly for indoor use, front-wheel-drive scooters are less robust than their rear-wheel-drive counterparts but are usually smaller and easier to manoeuvre.
These models have stronger motors and longer range; rear wheel scooters perform better in uneven terrain and pavements. They are much bigger than the front-wheel-drive designs and, of course, less manoeuvrable.
Rear-wheel-drive models have an electronic braking system that engages when pressure is freed from its controls. The brakes will therefore always be engaged when the scooter is not going forward or backwards.
The electric power comes in 12 or 24 volts which are supplied by one or two batteries. Rear-wheel-drive systems are 24 volts while the front-wheel models operate on 12 volts. Add on units are mostly available to increase the range of the scooter, but not its speed.
Wheels and Tires
The manoeuvrability of the scooter depends on the wheel and tire sizes. Small tires increase manoeuvrability but decrease traction, so rear-wheel-drive models have larger tires for excellent grip on uneven ground.
The seat should be contemplated when deciding on a mobility scooter. Arm and head rest may be included for comfort, and seat padding also plays a huge role in support.
Thumb controls are the most popular varieties of switches. However, joysticks and loop handles are also widely used. A scooter with a joystick attached to one of the armrests could be more fitting for someone with insufficient thumb mobility or muscle strength.
Other accessories that may be relevant to an individual’s needs comprise of oxygen tank transporters, front or rear baskets and crutch holders. Horns and lights are optional.
Meeting the needs of users with the characteristics offered by the scooter manufacturer is the most important factor. Where and how will the mobility scooter be used? Does it have the right dimensions and is it adjustable to the size of the user? All these questions need to be considered, and you will surely choose the best one.