5 Things to Know When Buying a Mobility Scooter
For those of us with reduced or impaired mobility, scooters can become an integral part of your day-to-day life, so it is important to invest in the best one for you. If you are looking for your perfect mobility match, there are few things you need to consider when investing in a mobility scooter. Here are some of the essentials you need to know:
Class 2 and Class 3
Generally, there are two different classes of mobility scooter: Class 2 and Class 3. Class 2 scooters are small, light vehicles that are suitable for driving on the pavement and footpaths. With a maximum speed of only 4mph, they are not appropriate for driving on the road, but can still be used in public places.
Class 3 mobility scooters are larger and heavier than class 2 vehicles. With a top speed of 8mph, you are able to drive on the roads with these vehicles, except motorways and dual carriageways; there is a switch to lower the speed to 4mph for pavements. If you have a busy, energetic lifestyle and need to get around quickly, this would be the ideal match for you!
There are also a number of additional features on class 3 mobility scooters that are similar to standard car, such as: headlights and rear lights, rear view mirrors, indicators, an emergency handbrake and a horn.
The operating range of your mobility scooter is a crucial consideration when it comes to the journeys that you are going to be making. The number of times you are going to require a battery recharge will depend on the type of journeys you will regularly embark on. If you are only going to be travelling short distances on a flat, smooth terrain, class 2 scooters will be your best choice. Class 3 mobility scooters are much more suitable for regular, long distances including hilly areas, uneven terrain and more adventurous routes.
Maximum Weight Capacity
Smaller and lighter class 2 models normally have a maximum weight capacity between 15-20 stone or 100-130kg, and class 3 models have a higher maximum weight capacity than this. You will have to take your own weight into consideration because if you are too heavy for your mobility scooter, this may impact its performance and stability.
Assembly and Storage
You need to think about storage space and access to a mains plug to charge your mobility scooter battery before investing. If you will need to bring it inside your home to charge and need to easily transport it for days out, a scooter than can be easily disassembled and assembled again will be essential. Larger-sized models will need their own storage space outside so it is covered and safe, whilst having access to a mains plug for charging.
There will most likely be additional extras available when you’re browsing for a mobility scooter, but it is always advisable to know what you’re going to be paying extra for and whether it will benefit you and your lifestyle. We have a wide range of accessories available to enhance your lifestyle, as well as inject an element of your character into your mobility scooter. There are no limits when it comes to mobility, so all of our add-ons are suitable for almost any shape and size of scooter.
At Wild and Wacky Mobility, we know the importance of finding the ideal mobility scooter that is tailored to you. This means not only finding the perfect fit for your needs and requirements, but your personality too! By using a reliable retailer like us, you will receive excellent advice to make sure you get exactly what you want out of your mobility scooter – Contact us to talk to one of our friendly team members today.