5 tips for choosing a mobility scooter
Where will the mobility scooter be primarily used? If the scooter is intended for indoor use, you can choose a three-wheeled scooter that performs better in turns. If you prefer a four-wheeled scooter, choose one with smaller wheels and a tighter turning radius. Measure the doors to make sure the scooter fits. Note that you can lose up to 2 ″ if the entrance has a swing door. If the mobility scooter is intended for outdoor use, a four-wheeled scooter is recommended as it rides better over potholes and rough terrain. The larger wheels and pneumatic wheels will also make the ride smoother.
Fit: Measure the seat height to make sure you can sit comfortably on the mobility scooter. Your feet should be flat on the footrest and your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. You should also be able to reach the rudder comfortably without hunching your back. Check the scooter weight capacity listed to make sure it can adequately support your weight and the items you plan to carry. The best way to determine which mobility scooter is right for you is to go to a local dealer to speak to an expert and try out a few different models.
Controls: can a standard cultivator work? To use a standard T-shaped rudder, you will need to be able to hold it with both hands and have manual dexterity to control speed and other options (such as turn signals). Most scooters require constant pressure to move back and forth, removing pressure from the throttle lever activates the brakes. Delta cultivators are an option for people who lack manual dexterity and manual strength. Delta cultivators can be controlled with either hand.
Seats: A comfortable, well-padded, contoured seat of a full-size three or four-wheel mobility scooter may be the right choice if you spend most of your day on the scooter. A captain’s chair tends to provide the most comfort and support. A portable / travel scooter is more compact in size and the seat has less padding.
Portability and Storage: Choose a travel or portable scooter if you plan to travel by car or plane. A portable / travel mobility scooter can be easily folded or taken apart. Pay attention to the weight of the heaviest part and make sure you can lift and store it.