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Mobility Scooters - Different Categories and Valuable Safety Tips

Feb 11th 2015 at 2:00 AM

Mobility electric scooters are consistently growing in popularity because users are experiencing the freedom and flexibility allowed. People having issues getting around are able to maintain their active lifestyle with mobility aid scooters.

Different categories of mobility scooters

Three wheel standard models - These scooters are designed for indoor use and are swifter than 4-wheeled models. They are more capable to maneuver in small spaces and handle tight turns.

Four-wheel standard models - comfort and stability level is the main advantage of four-wheel models. The purpose of these scooters was to be used outdoors. It can ride easily over rough turfs.

Travel models - 3 or 4 wheeled travel scooters are engineered for maximum portability. You can assemble and disassemble the minor parts. Travel models are lighter and smaller than standard models.

Collapsible models - Folding scooters are weight less and smaller. Basically, they feature 3 wheels and allow users to fold with minimum bending, crouching or lifting for travel or storage purpose.

Heavy duty models - These scooters have great weight bearing capacity ranging from 250 to 500 pounds.

Seating options

• For spending a couple of hours daily - standard scooter

• For extended periods - Consider upgraded seat option

For up gradation high-back seats, custom seat widths, power elevation options and special swivel features can be ordered.

Chair arms

Options include -

• Stationary

• Swivel sideways or lift up arms for easy access

• Adjustable arms (narrow or wide for maximum fit and comfort)

Accessories

• Headlights for people planning to use it in dark

• Handy pouches

• Steel baskets or plastic cart that can be attached to units front or back

• Specially designed holders for equipment like crutches, oxygen tanks or canes

• Canopies & covers to keep the unit free from environmental factors when stored or parked

The experts from online store for Go Go Scooter advice that you must read safety tips before you start using disabled scooter.

Safety tips

Get familiar with instruction manual

Read the tips given for navigating curves, bumps and uneven surfaces.

Handle steep ramp

Basic street curb slope can be handled by majority of scooters but driving straight at the access ramp is vital. In a particularly wide space don’t drive up at an angle or your scooter can possibly tip.

If your manual says that your scooter can handle a steep ramp of standard size then you will not have difficulty in driving vertically up the ramp to the sidewalks. Some scooters even have anti-protection feature like an extra back wheel, which avoids tipping in such conditions.

Avoid side-ways slanted or broken pavements

When you go up or down, a slanted sideway pavement can be risky. Even broken pavement can be the cause of slippage or fall.

Road travelling safety measures

Use safety flag on the backside of the scooter, while travelling near the road. The flag must be a little higher than users head for everyone to see it easily. Eye catching clothes or fluorescent vest can be worn, while riding near a roadway especially at night. Follow the basic traffic rules like stop signs or stopping at lights.

Before getting off

Turn off the scooter and if it is key operated remove the key. Make sure that the brake is engaged properly. In case, your scooter has swivel seat, lock it before standing up. This prevents the scooter and seat from moving when you rise.

 

 

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