Mobility scooters can be life changing for those with limited mobility. They can make daily journeys and activities a lot easier, for things as small as just popping to the shop. There are different types of mobility scooters to suit different people.
You must consider these things when buying a mobility scooter:
- What will your use of the mobility scooter be for?
- Where will you use it?
- Will you need to access public transport or other vehicles with it?
- How much do you weigh and how tall are you?
- How much is your budget?
The most important question to think about is WHERE you will be using your mobility scooter. This is significant as some cannot handle certain ground, and some are too large to move around a small house easily. It may be useful to speak to one of our members of staff before you purchase a mobility scooter, as they can suggest one which would be best suited.
There are some more in depth things to think about before you buy a mobility scooter…
Using a Mobility Scooter on Pavements
If you’re only using a mobility scooter to travel on pavements, the most suitable should be a Class 2 mobility scooter. These are perfect for journeys which don’t have large slopes or bumps. These are a lighter choice of mobility scooter which can be used inside, making them perfect for looking around shopping centres, the high street and supermarkets. These models are also usually cheaper than those that are built for roads.
The speed on these models is usually capped at 4mph, as this is the legal speed for you to drive it on the pavement. However, some models are capable of much faster speeds.
Using a Mobility Scooter on Roads
The type of mobility scooter that can be used on roads and pavement is a Class 3 mobility scooter. These are heavier and larger models of mobility scooters. They can go up to 8mph, which is the maximum speed for using it on the road. You can drive these mobility scooters on roads which have no minimum speed limit, except for motorways and dual carriageways. The 4mph speed limit on the pavement is still required with these models.
The Class 3 mobility scooters are fitted with front and rear lights, indicators, hazard lights, a rear view mirror and a horn to make them road friendly. These tend to be more comfortable to drive than the smaller, lighter Class 2 models.