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Mobility scooters are made for individuals that have a bit of mobility yet they have difficulties with inclines or distances. An array of mobility scooters to suit your requirements are available on the market today. Top suppliers like Pride, Drive Medical, and Invacare offer top quality scooters that are available in several designs that will cater to a variety of consumer needs.
When choosing a mobility scooter you should take into account the place where the scooter is going to mainly be utilized (inside, outside or both), how frequently the scooter is going to be carried in a vehicle and any particular seating/accessory requirements.
Mobility Scooters & Seating Position
The majority of mobility scooters are identified by 4 characteristics which distinguish them from power wheelchairs: Scooters are guided by a tiller at the front section of the underside which can steers the front tire. This arm could be tilted and fixed enabling a secure and enjoyable ride for all consumers. Forward and reverse movement is controlled by 2 thumb levers.
The seating position of scooters is generally fitted on a stem, enabling most scooter seats to turn from the left side to the right side. Lastly, scooters possess a base board rather than footrests. Scooters are guided using a tiller, you will require adequate arm power to drive it and thumb flexibility to make use of the controls.
Following is a quick overview of the 3 most popular kinds of mobility scooters available on the market.
Foldable Mobility Scooters
Simple to fold and ready to carry around, these types of scooters are ideal for the active individual that enjoys traveling. Furthermore, foldable scooters, referred to as travel scooters, dismantle into light parts which are simple to lift into the trunk area of the majority of vehicles; for some the heaviest part only weighs 24-29 pounds! Enclosed power packs make these particular travel scooters airliner safe; be sure to consult with your travel agent when arranging your airline flight.
A number of our scooters actually collapse into a piece of luggage – similar to the Luggie scooter.
3 Wheel Mobility Scooters
If you are looking for a fully equipped scooter with great maneuverability then the 3 wheel mobility scooter might be for you. These scooters provide you with full-size comfort which makes them perfect for both interior maneuverability and exterior toughness.
Scooters in this particular class provide lots of different functions such as: arm rests, swivel seats, storage baskets and more. With a ultimate weight capacity of up to 500 pounds, even bigger framed consumers may be accommodated. An example of a scooter with all these features is the Pride Mobility scooters.
4 Wheel Mobility Scooters
A 4th wheel along with broader wheel base produce the most secure platform within the mobility scooter category. 4 wheel mobility scooters are built for optimum stableness and designed especially for usage outdoors.
Some bigger designs have knobby wheels and higher terrain clearance; these types of scooters are a smart option for even rugged ground. Quite a few styles provide you with a range of over 25 miles per recharge and a maximum speed of 10 mph! The broader wheel base frequently has a big turning radius. This type of scooter is NOT recommended for indoor use.