5 Tips on Choosing a Mobility Scooter

Where will the mobility scooter primarily be used?

If the scooter is for indoor use, you may want to choose a three-wheel scooter that maneuvers around corners better. If you prefer a four-wheel scooter, select one with smaller wheels and a tighter turning radius. Measure doorways to ensure the scooter will fit through. Keep in mind that you may lose up to 2″ if the doorway has a hinged door. If the mobility scooter is for outdoor use, a four-wheel scooter is recommended since it travels over bumps and rough terrain better. Larger wheels and pneumatic wheels will also make the ride smoother.

How will the scooter fit you?

Your weight is the first consideration when selecting a scooter. The important threshold is 250 lbs. Standard scooters typically have a 250-lb capacity. Standard-weight-capacity models range from compact indoor models, to larger, outdoor models with larger wheels and higher speeds. Heavy-duty models are usually bigger and have weight capacities up to 500 lbs.

Measure the seat height to make sure you can sit comfortably on the mobility scooter. Your feet must be flat on the footrest and your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. You should also be able to reach the controls comfortably without arching your back. Check the listed weight capacity of the scooter to ensure that it can properly support your weight and items you plan on carrying.

Transportation

Will you be transporting your scooter in the trunk of a car, in a van or the back of a truck? Most scooters disassemble but sometimes the heaviest component is too heavy to lift easily. Consideration must also be given to the size of the largest component. This might be the main frame or the seat. Will these components fit into the vehicle? The main frame section may be too long to fit into a car trunk. If the vehicle is a van or pickup truck, you might consider a powered lift that can lift the scooter into the vehicle without any dissassembly.

Seating

A comfortable, well-padded and contoured seat of a full-sized three- or four-wheel mobility scooter may be the right choice if you spend most of the day on the scooter. A captain’s seat tends to offer 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 on traveling by car or airplane. A travel/portable mobility scooter can either fold or be easily disassembled. Pay attention to the weight of the heaviest piece and make sure you are able to lift it up and stow.

 

Portability and storage

Choose a travel or portable scooter if you plan on traveling by car or airplane. A travel/portable mobility scooter can either fold or be easily disassembled. Pay attention to the weight of the heaviest piece and make sure you are able to lift it up and stow.

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