Choosing a Mobility Scooter

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Losing the ability to walk can be a devastating experience and depending on others for mobility makes it worse. It, however, doesn't have to remain this way for the rest of your life.  Mobility devices like mobility scooters give you the means to roam freely and independently.  These machines can be your best friend just like a dog is to a blind man.  They are affordable, easy to operate, and relatively hassle-free to maintain.

Buying a mobility scooter should be treated as a major purchasing decision.  Thorough research and careful evaluation of options is necessary before buying it.  Some of major considerations include:

• Moving around inside a building requires greater maneuverability, which includes sharp turns and smaller turning radius.  This need can be met by a compact three-wheel model.  Outdoor travel, on the other hand, requires a sturdy machine to move through uneven ground and other rough areas.  A four-wheel scooter will be suitable for such needs.
• Going over inclined surfaces and raised curbs requires additional power and safety options to prevent the machine from tipping over or going backwards.  Most four-wheel scooters come with an anti-tip device which provides extra power to rear wheels and keeps the scooter from tipping over.
• If your routine requires road travel in addition to driving on pavements, then you should have your scooter equipped with headlights and taillights.  Also, learn the local laws related to the use of mobility vehicles.
• When choosing a specific model, keep in mind any special requirements such as steps at the front door.
• Since this scooter will be your primary mode of traveling, make sure that your chosen model is comfortable.  Ample leg room and a swiveling comfortable seat are important considerations.  You might want seats with orthopedic foam for a comfortable ride.
• It is quite possible that you may have to use your vehicle outside your home also.  In this case, it would be important to choose a transportable scooter that would fold-down and fit in your car.
Ensuring the safety

Safety should be one of the foremost concerns when choosing a motorized vehicle.  A few important considerations include:

• Preventing unauthorized access to the vehicle by having a master key feature
• Seats should have a lock to prevent an accidental fall
• The vehicle should have proper lighting and reflectors so that it remains visible in variable weather conditions
• Sturdy bumpers should be placed in the front and the back to reduce the impact in case of a collision.

By using this information you would be able to purchase a suitable and safe scooter to keep you mobile.

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This article was published on 2010/12/19