Mobility Scooters - Basics & Features To Be Considered
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Mobility Scooters  -  Basics & Features To Be Considered


One of the most popular forms of mobility aids widely prevalent in the recent years are the mobility scooters. A mobility scooter has helped many people regain the freedom to move around independently and confidently. The investment made into the purchase of a scooters by people who have mobility problems has meant shops city and urban landscapes have met criteria by councils to allow scooters to travel around on pavements and streets.

Types of mobility scooters:

There are two types of electrically powered mobility scooters. They are the class two and class three mobility scooters.

Class one represents the manual wheel chair that require human power to move them. This is otherwise known as the self-propelled wheel chair where the operator uses his strength to manipulate the wheels that drive the chair or employ attendants to push it.

The class two mobility scooters: They are electrically powered mobility scooters designed for use in footways, pavements and in the pedestrian areas at a maximum speed limit of 4mph. However it can be used on the road when there is no pavement and for the purpose of crossing the roads.

The class three vehicles are also electrically powered vehicles precision engineered to be used on most roads at a speed of 8mph. However they are not intended for use on motorways, bus lanes or cycle lanes. Similarly they are not intended for use on dual carriages which has a speed limit of over 50mph.

The legal requirements for class three mobility scooters:

According to disabledinfo, these powered scooters can have a maximum weight of 150kgs and a width of 0.85 metres. If this vehicle is to be used on the road it should be equipped with an audible horn, rear-view mirror, front and rear reflectors and lights, direction indicators and a good braking system. If a four-wheeled vehicle is used as a dual carriage, although it is not advised, then amber lights should be incorporated as instructed to be licensed by the DVLA. Class 3 scooters can be legally operated from 14 years and over. When using a mobility class 3 scooter, the speed should is legally reduced to 4mph when travelling on pavements and footways.

Licensing and insurance requirements:

These powered scooters are not regarded as motor vehicles therefore require no procuring for a license or taking a driving test. However, users must duly register the class three vehicles with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. This does not cost you any money but you will have to fill in a form and display a “Null Duty” tax disc. Though it is not required under law to insure this vehicle, it is better to secure an insurance to cover personal safety, others safety and the value of the vehicle. As class two vehicles are restricted to usage in footways and pavements they are generally subject to fewer legal requirements.

Essential things to be considered in the purchase of a mobility scooter in St Helens:

Buying the right type of mobility scooter for your needs, goes without saying, advice is key. Mobility scooters should be a great investment with the right research can give you confidence when choosing to buy a quality scooter.

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3. Areas of usage: The areas where you intend to drive the scooter should also be considered before making a purchase. If you need to navigate through difficult terrains such as steep slopes, kerbs and rough ground then you should opt to buy a mobility scooter with some extra power known as the 8mph scooter. A four wheel mobility scooter has the power, balance and stability to handle such obstacles.

4. Well-versed with local laws: If you are planning to drive on the roads and not on the pavements and pathways with an 8mph scooter, then it is absolutely necessary that you familiarise with the local laws and regulations, fitted with headlights and tail lights.

5. Suit personal needs and preferences: Mobility scooters can help people with a range of physical disabilities to move around with regaining freedom, a higher level of independence and a sense of confidence. A four wheel scooter will give you the versatility as and when you need without preventing you to use your scooter on uneven ground.

6. Transportability: If you intend to transport you mobility scooter when you travel in your car then it is best to purchase the compact sized mobility scooters that best fit into your cars. However if you have a car big enough to accommodate a full sized mobility scooter then you can opt for the full-sized one. These portable and compact mobility scooters are specially constructed and designed to make your travel convenient. They can be either folded or dismantled and stored in your car in a compact manner. Public transportation also accommodates these portable mobility scooters. You can also consult the local authorities with regard to the size restrictions before purchasing.

7. Storage: In the case of a full-sized mobility scooter it can be stored in your garage or even inside your home with the help of ramps. Make sure to buy a power socket to charge it at regular intervals. However if you do not have a garage or sufficient space inside you home to park your mobility scooter then you have to buy a specialist scooter storage metal cabinet with a perfect locking system to ensure safety. With the help of an electrician you can also install a power socket in this storing cabinet for charging your scooter.

8. Batteries: These electricity powered scooters are generally equipped with one or two batteries. If you intend to use your mobility scooters both on regular roads and on hilly areas then you need to incorporate a second battery for the extra power it needs.

9. Safety features: Opt for the scooter that incorporates safety features like the anti-tip mechanism that assures excellent stability on sharp turns and inclines.

10. Style: Generally people take pride in owning these vehicles. They are available in a multitude of colours, styles and shapes for you to choose from. Choose the one that makes a stylish statement about you.

According to disabledinfo, these powered scooters can have a maximum weight of 150kgs and a width of 0.85 metres. If this vehicle is to be used on the road it should be equipped with an audible horn, rear-view mirror, front and rear reflectors and lights, direction indicators and a good braking system. If a four-wheeled vehicle is used as a dual carriage, although it is not advised, then amber lights should be incorporated as instructed to be licensed by the DVLA. Class 3 scooters can be legally operated from 14 years and over. When using a mobility class 3 scooter, the speed should is legally reduced to 4mph when travelling on pavements and footways.

Incredible features of the mobility scooter:

The mobility scooter incorporates incredibly amazing and impressive features. The following are some of the features that you need to look into when buying mobility scooters.

1. Wheels: These scooters come with three or four wheels. Those with three wheels shorten the turning radius and assure excellent flexibility for the user. They are perfect choices for use in confined indoor spaces. Whereas those that incorporate four wheels ensure exceptional stability and balance. Similarly those that come with larger and wider tyres are best for rough terrains. Four wheel scooters are also ideal choices for the uneven terrain as they are more stable and offer good driving comfort.

2. Arm rests and back rests: Usually these armrests are adjustable and easily flip up and down. The backrests are generally moulded and padded and include an adjustable head rest to ensure a greater level of comfort.

3. Brake mechanism: Most models incorporate the automatic brake system that halts the vehicle the moment you release the accelerator. Whereas there are also some models that include the hand brake system. Some larger scooters are equipped with an emergency brake that brings the vehicle to a sudden halt by stopping the rear wheels and during emergencies when the main braking system fails.

4. Seat: These scooters incorporate two types of seats. A small padded seat with a back rest or a bigger padded adjustable seat with a head rest. The seat can be adjusted to suit your height and usually slides forwards and backwards. They also swivel to help the user easily get on and get off the scooter.

5. Controls: The entire control of the mobility vehicle is vested in the handle bar. The users use their fingers to control and manipulate the operations of the scooter. The forward controls are in the right hand side and the reverse controls are in the left hand side. However some models have these controls reverse for the use of left handed people.

6. Batteries: All mobility scooters are powered with batteries. Small portable sized scooters are equipped with the 12 volts battery and the larger models are fitted with large sized batteries so that it can run non-stop for twenty hours before it is recharged.

7. Tiller: The tiller is the front column of the scooter and its angle can be adjusted to suit your driving comfort. However some portable scooter models do not incorporate an adjustment tiller. Hence at the time of purchase the buyer should make sure whether the fixed position will work best for him or not.

8. Battery charger: This is highly essential to keep your scooter fully charged and working efficiently. The battery can be charged either by using an inbuilt battery charger or an external charger unit. It is best to opt for external charging unit as it reduces the weight of the scooter and are less likely to fail.

9. Ignition: This comprises of a key or a plug and the scooter cannot be driven if the key or plug is removed. Some models require the key to be placed in the ignition itself to prevent loss on account of theft.

10. Size: They are available in different sizes to suit the needs and requirements of the user. The boot scooters are light and portable and are equipped with small batteries. They have small seats, less shock absorption qualities and low weight-bearing capabilities. The mid-sized scooters ensure a stable ride and hence perfect for climbing hills and kerbs. The town and country models are very large and are not portable in nature. They absorb shock well and have high load bearing capacities. They also feature large seats with adjustable options for added comfort. They are precision engineered for heavy usage.

11. Accessories: Other accessories include the oxygen transporters, rear baskets, canopies and crutch holders.

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