The right mobility scooter will help you get around the house more easily,run errands, and help you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, such as hitting a trail or relaxing on your lawn. The key is knowing some basic information that will help you choose the best mobility scooter for your needs.
Lightweight Mobility Scooters
Lightweight mobility scooters are perfect for easily loading or unloading when traveling. They are easy to disassemble and are often foldable. However, lighter scooters have a limited weight capacity, so that is important to keep in mind. For example, the Featherweight EZ Fold scooter weighs just 46 pounds and has a weight capacity of 250 pounds. Other lightweight products, like the Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller, can break down with one hand and fit into a back seat or trunk. Lightweight scooters are great for people on the go, but often sacrifice some aspect of comfort or features.
You might need something that is a more stout, such as one that can handle weights of 300 to 500 pounds. That might mean a scooter that can weigh up to 340 pounds but offer some extras that won’t be found on the lighter-weight options.
The choices you make also don’t need to sacrifice comfort. Some scooters can handle up to 500 pounds, with at least one model having a reclining captain’s chair and headrest. Others offer additional legroom and conveniences such as flat-free tires. Battery life, steering capacity for maneuverability, top speeds, and tire size also are factors to consider.
Getting Around Town
Be sure to consider the specifications—travel range, top speeds etc. Numerous options are available for getting around town, such as Pride Raptor, a scooter that has a weight capacity of 400 pounds and weighs 313 pounds. With 16-inch wheels, the three-wheeler has a range of up to 31 miles and a top speed of 14 mph.
Look and Feel
Various designs offer functionality as well as curb appeal. Determine whether a three-wheel or four-wheel model is best for you. Some designs such as the Pride Raptor have sporty feels, while others have a rugged look that fit the outdoors.
For those with an active lifestyle, there are numerous options that will fit your needs, as well. It’s a matter of determining how you are most likely going to use the scooter and where you intend to take it. Will you be traveling on rough or smooth terrain? Or both? Do you need to maneuver around obstacles? Will you need a headlight?
Out on the Trail
If you are more interested in getting out into nature, various resources also can help you find the best parks in your state, such as TrailLink. The website offers a state-by-state tool at the bottom of the page, “Find Wheelchair Accessible Trails by State.” A good option for trails might be Pride Wrangler, which has a 350 pound weight capacity and that weighs 274 pounds. It is designed so that the four-wheel scooter can go over rough surfaces, walking trails or your property.
Checking out the Beach
While it might be difficult to maneuver a scooter on a beach, states increasingly make beaches accessible, with some locations known for providing access for people with mobility needs. In an August 2021 article in SmartTravel, it lists nine U.S. beaches that assist people who use mobility aids. You can always call ahead to beaches near you to see if access will be assisted with ramps. But boardwalks, piers and other pathways can give you a day at the beach with the right scooter.
Seek Help From Mobility City’s Experts
Sorting through the various options, while considering your price points and needs, doesn’t need to be difficult. Experts at Mobility City can help you find the right solution. You can start by reading about various products and their features on the company’s website.
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