How to choose the right mobility scooter

If you have limited mobility, then you may find that a mobility scooter can give you the independence and autonomy that can make your life a bit easier. A motorised scooter can make everyday tasks, such as a trip down to the shops or attending a local appointment that much more convenient.

However, there is a great range of mobility scooters currently on the market. There are small, medium and large sized models and three and four wheelers. How do you know which one is best suited for your needs? Continue reading to discover which one will suit you best.

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How Far Do You Need to Go? 

One factor that will inform your decision, is how far you need to travel. Larger scooters tend to have more range for their charge, and are more capable of traversing hills and slopes. If you’re only using your motorised scooter for quick trips, then a smaller model may be best suited for you.

Where Will You Be Storing Your Scooter? 

If you intend to store your scooter in your home, yard or garage then a smaller to medium sized model may be the fit for you. Please remember to store your mobility scooter in a place that is safe, secure and away from the elements to ensure that it isn’t subject to the risk of theft, or wear and tear.

Portable or Not? 

Another factor that you need to consider is if you intend to transport your scooter. If you do, then a more compact, folding model may be ideal for you as these can be dissembled and can fit into a small car. However, these models tend to have difficulty mounting curbs, and can be uncomfortable to sit in for extended periods of time. So if you intend to go for longer trips, then a medium or larger model may suit you better.

Ease of Use and Comfort 

One aspect of choosing the right scooter, which can be easily missed, is how it handles. This is especially the case if you have arthritis or other osteopathic conditions that can make your hands sore, or difficult to grip. Some models have “Easy Tiller” systems with precisely this factor in mind, and are therefore much easier to control. Comfort is also a factor, especially if you intend to go for larger outings. It is worth spending some time sitting in a scooter before you purchase it to find out how comfortable it is.

How Many Wheels? 

Motorised scooters usually come with three or four wheels. Three-wheeled models are more suited for indoor use, due to their increased manoeuvrability, while four-wheeled scooters tend to offer more stability and ease of navigation. If in doubt, Total Mobility suggests that you opt for a four-wheeled device. 

If you’d like to know more about how to choose the best scooter for your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact Total Mobility. We’re experts at getting you moving and active. Please contact us or call 02 9520 1866.