An Introduction To Medical Mobility Scooters A mobility scooter is similar to an electric scooter or motor scooter in function and construction. However, additional power wheelchair type features and options make mobility scooters an excellent form of transportation for anyone who has good arm strength and upper body balance but needs occasional assistance. Elderly people, and those who have progressive conditions that challenge their ability to walk, appreciate and benefit from the aid and convenience of a mobility scooter. Users of the mobility scooter can usually walk to some degree, but have greater difficulty with slopes and longer distances. The first mobility scooter was built in 1968 by a Mr. Alan Thieme in Bridgeport, Michigan. Mr. Thieme created this front wheel drive scooter to assist a family member with multiple sclerosis regain some of their independent mobility. The basic components of today's mobility scooters are two rear wheels with a seat above them, a flat area upon which to put the feet that also holds the seat and power source, and a steering column with handlebars to steer either one or two front wheels. There are gasoline powered mobility scooters, though the majority of those manufactured are electric. The more popular electric mobility scooter runs with one or two batteries onboard the scooter. If you need more power to overcome steep hills and slopes, you will be better served with two batteries which will deliver more power than one. These batteries are charged with a standard charger that connects to a typical electrical outlet. The steering column, located centrally at the front of the scooter, is referred to as the tiller. The tiller controls forward, reverse and speed controls with finger controls, a thumb paddle or a switch. Mobility scooters are available in front wheel drive or rear wheel drive. In general, front wheel drive mobility scooters will accommodate a rider up to 250 lbs. and are more convenient for indoor use due to their smaller size. Rear wheel drive mobility scooters can be used indoors and outdoors and will accommodate a weight of up to 350 lbs. There are also heavy duty rear wheel drive mobility scooters, which differs from the regular rear wheel drive mobility scooters in that it can accommodate riders up to 500 lbs. Because scooters usually have automatic braking, coasting is not an option. You must use the finger, thumb or switch style controls to be in command of all movement. You will need to press and release the controls gently to gradually increase and decrease speed. There is usually a control that will allow you set the maximum speed for the scooter as well. A mobility scooter will not be difficult to operate and control as long as you have adequate upper body strength and control and they can be broken down into parts quite easily making them convenient to pack into the trunk of a car for an outing with friends and family. Anyone with systemic or disabling body conditions that is still able to stand and walk a few steps, control the steering tiller and sit in an upright position without torso support will appreciate the assistance of a mobility scooter and the sense of independence it can provide. Electric Mobility Scooters Present A Viable Solution To Physical Challenges Electric mobility scooters can provide the elderly, disabled, and seriously ill freedom of movement. Mobility is a critical to just about every aspect of everyday living. Having some freedom of movement enhances a person's capability to learn, earn a living and interact with friends, family and community. A large percentage of people with mobility limitations have permanent disabilities. Many people suffer from conditions that make walking an extremely difficult and painful task including arthritis, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. These individuals benefit from a variety of mobility aids and devices to assist them in lead fulfilling and active lives. The most popular forms of independently operated mobility equipment are electric mobility scooters and motorized wheelchairs. A motorized wheelchair is a form of personal transportation that typically has six wheels and is steered using a "joystick" type control mechanism. Other names for the motorized wheelchair include, electric chair, power wheelchair and power chair. A motorized wheelchair is usually equipped with outstanding maneuverability features that make them perfect for use in the home and will generally fit just about anywhere. Motorized wheelchairs are typically for in-door use. The power mobility provided by electric wheelchairs has made a dramatic difference in many people's lives. The development of new technology in the industry has made it possible for people to obtain smaller, more lightweight and maneuverable motorized wheelchairs for use inside the home allowing people to move about in small places and complete their activities of daily living without being bed-ridden or sent to nursing homes. In comparison, electric mobility scooters have either three or four wheels and steer much like a bicycle, using a set of handlebars and hand operated control mechanisms. Electric mobility scooters are ideal for indoor and outdoor activities, as they glide smoothly and easily over a variety of surfaces. There are even portable electric mobility scooters that will fit easily in the trunk of a car. Electric mobility scooters are reliable, easy to operate, comfortable, safe and do not have the more obvious medical appearance of a motorized wheelchair. Today's electric mobility scooters have three or four wheels, a steering column-known as a tiller-with handlebars and hand operated control mechanisms and a platform that supports the seat, battery and the riders feet. Electric mobility scooters are much less physically strenuous than a walker or manual wheelchair. Although the rider of a mobility scooter must be physically able to walk a few steps and have adequate upper body strength and dexterity, they do not require the more substantial amount of strength and dexterity necessary to operate a walker or manual wheelchair. The swiveling captain's style seat of an electric mobility scooter is typically easier than moving the foot supports of a manual or motorized wheelchair. In addition, Electric mobility scooters are simple to maintain and easily recharged using a standard electrical outlet and charger. Physical impairments need not prevent someone from participating in daily activities as well as special occasions with family and friends. Electric mobility scooters restore independence and freedom of mobility to help promote an active lifestyle. How Can I Find Used Electric Mobility Scooters? There are a number of different types of mobility scooters. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, which can be looked at objectively by individual parties and those who are interested in purchasing the items. However, they often can be very expensive. Most people that have looked into purchasing these types of items have noticed that they can be quite an investment. While there are some situations in which an individual's insurance company will either pay for or help the individual pay for such an apparatus, there are many people that are required to pay for the item on their own if they wish to use one or feel like they are needing such an item in their home in order to help them get around and go from one place to another with a sense of ease and convenience. Because of the cost, many people will actually be able to benefit from purchasing used electric mobility scooters. These are scooters, powered by electricity which is typically charged for a period of time before the scooter is used to transport the owner, that have been handled before by previous owners. They are discounted in price because they have been used. In most cases, these scooters are still in very good condition and will meet all the requirements that the individual has as for why they need such a device, but the used electric mobility scooters will actually cost much less for the individual. Not unlike the degradation in the value of cars, a used scooter is simply cheaper than a new scooter, and the reason for this is typically not because the scooter works any less effectively than the new model works. Upon learning this, many people become more interested in the models of used electric mobility scooters that they can purchase, but they may not readily know where they can go in order to purchase one. After all, these devices are seen in public quite often but there are very few scooter stores to which an individual can go and make their purchase. Instead, individuals need to be a little more creative when it comes to trying to find such items. First, there is the internet. Many people are able to utilize this resource and find a used scooter that they can purchase and have shipped to them. While the internet is a great resource, this is not the only way in which a person can purchase such an item. Instead, they can also look through newspaper classified ads or even place a classified ad informing other readers that they are looking for such an item. If a reader has a scooter that they are willing to sell, they can contact the individual and set up the exchange. Without reading the ad, individuals may have not been thinking about selling the items, but upon reading the ad and knowing that there is a specific need for their item they may be more willing to part with their used electric mobility scooters if they are not longer needed and being used. How to Find Used Mobility Scooters There are many times in a person's life where they will for one reason or another be unable to move around in the ways that they want to. However, in some cases this inability is more severe and permanent than in other situations. When a person comes to the point that they need help moving around and they have some money to invest, they would likely highly benefit from using mobility scooters as a means of getting from one place to another when they need to. Sometimes, the amount of money that the individual has to invest in this venture is limited. This does not mean that the individual needs to wait until they have more money to get help. Rather, they can choose to invest in used mobility scooters as opposed to a brand new mobility scooter. There are many reasons as to why this would be beneficial, including the fact that it obviously saves the individual money. Many people will also find that they are able to get the used mobility scooters more quickly as compared to ordering a new scooter simply because they do not need to save up more money. They have to save for a more limited amount of time because they will need to save up less overall, for a product that is most likely in just as good condition, or near it, as a new mobility scooter. Many people may realize these advantages, but then be very curious as to where exactly they should be looking in order to find acceptable used mobility scooters. The simple truth is that there are practically limitless places that a person can search in order to find the used mobility scooters of their choice. Choosing a used scooter over a new one will not limit the selection that a person will be able to consider to as high a degree as most people think. There are plenty of online sites and online auctions that hinge on the sale of used mobility scooters. These are very popular since the access to the World Wide Web allows individuals to consider options for purchase outside of their own original sphere of comfort when it comes to their geographical location. If an individual does want to stay local, however, and not examine the options that are available to them on the internet, there are still a number of places that can be utilized in order to find used mobility scooters. Thrift stores are a good place to start, despite the fact that they are not guaranteed to be there. Occasionally, there will be one located there and the price is typically much lower than it would otherwise be. Individuals can also inquire of the owners whether or not there has been mobility scooters brought in, and how often this typically occurs. Using the newspapers and magazines that are published in the area can also be browsed in order to determine if anyone is trying to sell their used mobility scooters, and if none are listed the individual can publish an add themselves stating that they are looking for one and to contact them if anyone is interested in selling their used mobility scooters. Reliable Mobility Scooters Begin At The Bottom If you are on a limited budget in the market for a mobility scooter, you may want to dedicate a little bit of time to comparing prices. Mobility scooters are available from many different manufacturers and in various styles. Just a few of the features and options you will find enhancing mobility scooters are specialty base plates or platforms, wheels or tires, and seats. The options and features that differentiate one mobility scooter from the next should be selected according to your particular needs and intended usage. The base plate, or platform, supports your feet, the seat, the tiller, or steering column, and the battery. The base plate determines the comfort and safety of the user and whether or not the scooter is designed for indoor or outdoor use. The frames and support platforms of the base plates on mobility scooters are typically constructed of steel, aluminum or composite materials. Mobility scooter base plates are customized by manufacturers and then identified by different model and style names presented to the consumer. A mobility scooter intended for indoor use only will typically have a composite base plate to which adjustments have been made to the minimize the size of the wheelbase and amount of ground clearance as well as more precise maneuverability features to better accommodate the size and floor plan associated with a typical home. Some models of mobility scooters have a longer length or an extendable base that can accommodate longer legs. An increased base length will increase the turning cycle of the scooter; however a well constructed mobility scooter will not tip easily during sharp turns or inclines and will provide a smooth, stable ride. The size of the wheels on a mobility scooter determines the ability of the scooter to surmount obstacles and affects its stability. Mobility scooters usually have six, eight or ten inch wheels, and these are usually of equal diameter in the front and the back. Smaller wheels are generally found on front-wheel drive mobility scooters intended for indoor use. The larger the wheels, the more stable the ride and the larger and wider the tires the greater the ability of the mobility scooter to manage climbing curbs and maneuver over rough terrain. Mobility scooters are available with either three or four wheels. Four wheeled mobility scooters tend to be more stable than those with three wheels, especially for curb climbing and turning sharp corners. Three wheeled scooters have a smaller turning circle and tend to be easier to maneuver. The most common types of tires are solid, pneumatic, puncture proof and deep tread tires. Solid tires do not puncture or ever need inflating. Pneumatic tires need to be inflated regularly to maintain air pressure and checked frequently as they can puncture. They do provide a more comfortable and smooth ride than solid rubber tires and punctures can be repaired with a relatively simple at home repair kit or by a local cycle shop or mobility scooter repair center. Puncture proof tires are a compromise between solid and pneumatic tires. They are made of an open cell rubber compound to help with the shock absorption. Deep tread tires are available with different levels of tread. The deeper the tread, the greater the ability of the mobility scooter to provide increased grip and stability on curbs as well as on slopes, muddy grass and rough or uneven ground. What Are Standing Mobility Scooters? By looking at the phrase mobility scooters, many people are able to conclude that the device is an apparatus which is able to move the individual from one location to another, with limited, if any, strain and stress on the body of the individual. Upon consideration, many people may then go on to realize that they have been able to observe these apparatuses in their every day life, even if they did not realize it at the time. There are many stores that will offer mobility scooters with baskets attached in order to make shopping at the store easier for individuals that would need that type of support and help. However, the new phrase that is standing mobility scooters may cause some individuals to pause and reflect on what this could be. The words standing and mobility would initially seem to contradict themselves, which could be confusing for someone to come to terms with when they are trying to come up with an acceptable conclusion as to what this device could be. In the end, however, individuals will understand that the words do not contradict each other, but rather that each of the terms refers to something more specific about the scooter in general, and that they in fact merely go on to help describe the scooter in more detail. The attention to detail helps individuals to more accurately and easily locate and research the types of scooters that would be most applicable to them and their situation. While some mobility scooters will move the individual from one place to another while they are seated on the scooter, standing mobility scooters provide the same function, but with the individual in a different position. Instead of sitting, these scooters allow the individual to stand up on them and be transported in this manner and fashion. There are actually many reasons as to why this type of scooter may be considered to be more attractive to the individual as opposed to the different types of mobility scooters that can be provided to individuals. Some people do not need to be seated which they move about. For example, an individual with one broken foot may be able to benefit from using a mobility scooter, but these can be expensive and help the individual to put on some weight as a result of not being as active. Instead, a standing mobility scooter may be used, enabling the individual to stand up and be more comfortable, but still move around much faster than if they had been on crutches. In most cases, they are also much less expensive since they are smaller. In contrast, an individual with two broken feet would not be able to use a standing mobility scooter, simply because then they would have to put pressure on their feet which cannot safely be done when the bones in the feet are broken. The individual with two broken feet would then be limited to the mobility scooter that allows them to sit down on the scooter and still be moved from one location to another location. The Building Blocks For Outdoor Mobility Scooters Mobility scooters are designed to assist those who have difficulty walking with the tasks and opportunities associated with daily living. They can be designed for indoor or outdoor use, with some models being middle of the road and designed to accommodate both indoor and outdoor use. However, there are particular construction and user needs that have to be met in order for a mobility scooter to perform outdoors at optimum levels. A good portion of what is necessary for mobility scooters to be more effective and comfortable for the rider outdoors lies within the construction and design of the base unit. Base units are the bodies of mobility scooters and are often referred to as a platform or base plate. Typically, base units consist of a frame constructed of aluminum, steel or composite materials with a composite or fiberglass floor to support the seat, feet, battery and tiller, also known as the steering column. Base units also include the mobility scooter's drive train. The mobility scooter's maneuverability and its suitability for indoor or outdoor use in large part depends upon the characteristics of the base unit such as its turning radius, the size of its wheelbase, its ground clearance, and its overall dimensions. It is important to evaluate the base for safety features, including its overall stability. A scooter should not tip easily during sharp turns or while climbing a curb. Anti-tip wheels should be included as part of the frame to help support and stabilize the scooter. Most rear wheel drive mobility scooters are intended to negotiate more rugged terrain and are usually equipped with rear anti-tips to support the scooter on hills. The drive train is a critical part of the base unit and provides either front or rear wheel drive for the mobility scooter. Front-wheel drive is usually found on smaller scooters designed primarily to be used indoors or outdoors on flat, paved surfaces. The motor of the front wheel drive scooter is located over the front wheels and drives only those wheels. Because of the motor and wheel configuration, front wheel drive mobility scooters usually do not have chains or belts and are powered by smaller motors. The front wheels pull the weight of the rider and the scooter making them less capable of handling steep inclines, climbing curbs and managing rough terrain. Rear wheel drive mobility scooters are powered by motors connected to the rear axle, either via a chain, a belt, a transaxle unit, or a combination of these components. Because the mobility scooter is driven by the rear wheels, they push the combined weight of the unit and the rider, rather than pull it like the front wheel drive models. The combined weight of the rider, the motor, and the batteries over the rear wheels, generally create better traction than that is usually provided by front-wheel drive models. The increased traction combined with the more powerful motors used on rear-wheel drive scooters results in better climbing ability. Rear-wheel-drive scooters also have a greater maximum speed, a longer traveling range between battery charges, and a larger rider weight capacity. These mobility scooters have a wider wheel base and a greater overall length, making some models less maneuverable and unsuitable for indoor use. Finding Cheap And Reliable Mobility Scooters Many people who have difficulty walking take advantage of the generous availability of mobility scooters that are made available for use at several public facilities such as amusement parks, grocery stores and department stores. They can keep up with friends and family without overexerting themselves or go in their own direction without assistance from another individual. Many of these people do not possess a personal mobility scooter of their own because they have a limited budget, although they would appreciate and gain so much from the physical assistance and the psychological benefits associated with maintaining their independence. A cheap mobility scooter may be the affordable bridge that helps an individual cross over from a walk restricted lifestyle to a self-assisted and more independent lifestyle. The mobility scooters available for use at public facilities are generally four wheeled and built for durability more than comfort and convenience. Although comfort and convenience are typically adequately provided for, reliability and durability are the most important characteristics of any type of equipment that is made available for public use. These mobility scooters are not cheap and would most likely be an over exaggerated version of a three or four wheeled model that would be more appropriate for a personal ownership. A little bit of online research on the topic of medical mobility scooters should help you become more familiar with the different makes, models, features, advantages and limitations of mobility scooters. As a general guideline, brand new mobility scooters range from just under $500 to well over $3000. A mobility scooter with tons of options and features and a more powerful motor is not going to be one of the cheap models. In addition to particular specifications that may be provided, a clue as to the power of the motor is the number of batteries the mobility scooter has. A model that has two onboard batteries is likely to have a more powerful motor. The more powerful motor makes conquering hills and steep slopes quicker and easier. A smaller motor will still conquer those hills but you just have to be a little more patient if you want to ride cheap. Trading a little time may still be better than being physically limited and assisted by others or not participating in an activity. A walker is a relatively cheap piece of equipment that is designed to assist those who have trouble walking. Although effective at accomplishing their purpose, the individual using a walker must have a good amount of upper body strength and dexterity and enough energy and lung capacity to maneuver with a walker. If the individual is this fortunate, they will be over utilizing these healthy body conditions to compensate for their inability to use their affected limbs. A mobility scooter does require that the individual have an adequate amount of upper body strength in order to operate and manage the steering column and hand operated controls. However, the amount of strength and effort necessary is minimal with a cheap mobility scooter in comparison to a walker. A manual wheel chair presents some of the same disadvantages as a walker. A motorized wheel chair is another option for those who have difficulty walking and they do not require the individual to have much upper body strength. However, they are not cheap and some find them to be too large and cumbersome for every day activities in many places. If you take the time to investigate the various mobility scooters available you may find a cheap yet valuable solution to a challenging physical and emotional problem. Secondhand Mobility Scooters For Sale And Purchase If a mobility scooter would make a positive difference in your life or the life of a loved one but the cost of a scooter is the obstacle that is preventing you from purchasing one, you may want to consider purchasing a used or secondhand mobility scooter. It is possible to regain some of the independence that an individual may have once enjoyed prior to their walking becoming a difficult task with the help of a mobility scooter. Brand new mobility scooters range in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the make and model of the scooter. Most are powered by electricity via one or two onboard rechargeable batteries. More expensive models usually have two batteries onboard to accommodate a more powerful motor, which is helpful when climbing hills and steep slopes. Convenient features and optional accessories will also increase the price of a new mobility scooter. However, purchasing a secondhand scooter can save hundreds of dollars without sacrificing quality. In addition, purchasing a secondhand scooter from an individual, secondhand specialty store or online auction may allow you the opportunity to purchase a mobility scooter already equipped by the previous owner with many of the accessories that will add to your comfort and convenience without your having to incur additional costs. Before you start exploring the landscape in search of a secondhand mobility scooter, you should research the makes and models currently available at a medical supply or similar specialty store or online. Many scooter manufacturers and distributors have websites that include detailed descriptions and articles to help you determine which type of mobility scooter would be best to accommodate the individual needs of the rider. Purchasing a secondhand mobility scooter from an individual will almost definitely always be an 'as-is' sales transaction, meaning you get exactly what you see, exactly as it is at that moment with no implied or expressed guarantee or warranty. Most people seek to sell a used mobility scooter if the previous owner no longer has a need for the scooter or if the previous owner has upgraded to a more sophisticated model. Be prepared to ask the seller the reason for the sale, the original date of purchase and length of the original warranty. You should also ask if there have been any mechanical difficulties with the scooter in the past. Tires and batteries are considered consumable items that need occasional replacement, so be sure to ask if these items are still original or if they had previously been replaced, and if so when. Online auctions provide a popular and convenient method of purchasing a secondhand mobility scooter. EBay is the most popular internet auction site, bringing buyers and sellers of a vast multitude of products together. Simply typing 'mobility scooter' in the search bar on EBay will bring you a listing of secondhand scooters for sale. Each of the mobility scooters listed will include a detailed description of the scooter and the seller's payment, shipping and warranty policies. Most of the listings will also include photographs and you can always contact the seller directly for more information or photographs. The bid will have an ending time, and the buyer who has submitted the highest bid will win the item for the bid price at the end of the auction. In cases where the seller will accept a certain pre-determined price you will see a 'buy it now' icon, which indicates you can purchase the scooter at that price and avoid the bidding process. The buy it now price will most likely still be much lower than purchasing the same scooter brand new, enabling you to reap the benefits of a mobility scooter without draining your bank account. Mobility Scooters Seniors Can Enjoy All over the country, there are individuals that would benefit from the implementation of scooters, used for mobility purposes, in their lives. Some of these people are already aware of the fact that they need such items, and other people have not been exposed to the reality of the situation at the present time. However, whether an individual is aware that they currently need such an item, or they feel that they may at some point need such a device, even if they do not currently need it now, it can be helpful to know where they can purchase such items. When a person is confined to a specific area, and there are no scooter stores to supply the individual with what they need, a person may begin to feel lost and concerned. Hopelessness may set in if they are unable to come up with a way to locate or finance a mobility scooter if they need one. For example, Lady Lake, Florida does not house any specific mobility stores. But this does not mean that all is lost for the individuals that live in that area and need mobility scooters. Senior citizens can enjoy will simply need to come from another place in order to be supplied to these particular individuals when they need them to be. If someone overlooks a great way to find such items, they will be missing out on a powerful resource. Today, the internet is one of the most powerful resources made available to individuals, and it can be utilized by anyone that owns or has access to a computer with an internet connection. When this is used by individuals seeking mobility scooters, the availability for the individual it expanded to the rest of the world. There are a number of online stores that will provide these types of items to the individuals, and they can purchase them new and have their mobility scooters shipped to their home. However, a person is not limited to just being required to purchase new scooters, which can be very expensive. Instead, they are also able to purchase old or used models of mobility scooters, which most stores will not be able to provide. Seniors can enjoy would be both new or used depending on how much money an individual has to invest in the purchase, how quickly they need the item and how long they will need to have the item in use or, in total. Once these questions are answered, an individual can easily decide which type of mobility scooter would be best for them and how they can go about purchasing the ideal mobility scooter for them. Most companies and online retail stores can easily ship these items to their customers, as can individuals that are offering to sell their mobility scooters on online auction sites. Individuals can also try to find their ideal mobility scooters in their local newspaper classified ads. But the truth is that individuals will likely have more of a selection when they search online for the items they need. Mobility Scooters Make For Easy Travel Mobility scooters make short distance travel easier for someone in need of assistance. Independent travel and daily life become a little easier and enjoyable for the elderly or people with a condition that makes it difficult for them to walk or who may tire easily when walking. For people in need, this motorized scooter not only makes travel easy, it decreases their reliance on others and promotes the continuation of an independent lifestyle. These people may be suffering from the typical symptoms that affect the ability to walk due to the natural process of aging or from a variety of conditions that can make walking challenging and uncomfortable including Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy. As long as the rider has some ability to walk a few steps and has adequate upper body strength and dexterity to operate and control the scooter, a mobility scooter can make all kinds of limited travel easy for those once limited to wheelchairs or dependent upon others. Although manual chairs or walkers also assist those who have difficulty walking, they also put a lot of strain on the upper body, especially the arms and shoulders. Not only can this strain can be eliminated with a mobility scooter, but the individual is much less likely to fall down from a scooter or fall off the seat of the scooter. Some of the activities those who use a mobility scooter may once again enjoy, even with their afflictions, are exploring shopping malls, department stores, and grocery stores. By alleviating the physical exertion required to walk, a mobility scooter enables the rider to advance through stores and shops without tiring and with the ability to steer their own course. A nice walk down the main street of a village or down a walkway at the park with family and friends need not be missed with the help of a mobility scooter. Sometimes just getting around the house can be difficult, and a mobility scooter can be a valuable source of independence. Those who have difficulty walking but still perform work from a desk at home will find that a mobility scooter serves well as a stationary seat that swivels from side to front to easily accommodate and transport the rider to and from desks, file cabinets and office equipment without absorbing the physical strength needed to walk. In addition, mobility scooters make travel easy for themselves! The majority of mobility scooters can be disassembled into a few component parts and be stowed easily in the trunk of a car. This makes the mobility scooter especially helpful for outings with friends and family. Breaking down the scooter is not difficult and quite manageable if approached by one or two people with average physical strength and agility. Mobility scooters can be gasoline powered, but you will find the majority are powered by electricity. Electric mobility scooters will either have one or two batteries. These batteries sit onboard the base platform, which also supports the feet and the seat. The batteries are charged with a standard charger using a standard electrical outlet, making recharging easy-and continued travel enjoyable!
Mobility Scooters That Make It In The Fast Lane Mobility scooters have made a tremendously positive impact on the ability of those with physical challenges to perform their daily activities and participate in social events. Although mobility scooters are intended to be of physical assistance and are not manufactured or designed essentially for speed, many experienced riders already know and enjoy the benefits they receive from their mobility scooter, but they may wish they could move just a little bit quicker. There are a few mobility scooters that are faster than others. Fast mobility scooters might be appreciated by those who use their scooter to run local errands or for those who visit parks, golf courses, playgrounds and other outdoor attractions where a good amount of territory is generally covered at a moderate pace throughout the course of the visit. A fast mobility scooter will allow the user to keep up with friends and family and enjoy many of the same sites. When we are considering fast as it relates to electric mobility scooters, it is important to note that electric mobility scooters range in power and speed from approximately 5 mph to about 13 mph. The faster models are generally intended for outdoor use as opposed to indoor use, where traveling speed is usually not a very high concern. As a general guideline, rear wheel drive mobility scooters will tend to be faster than front wheel drive models. Front wheel drive models tend to have a less powerful motor providing power to the front wheel or wheels which pull the rider and the scooter. Whereas a rear wheel drive mobility scooter is driven by the rear wheels which push, as opposed to pull, the combined weight of the scooter and the rider. This motor and wheel configuration also permits the use of a larger motor and therefore distributes more power. Pride Mobility Products Corporation knows a little bit about speed. This fast growing company was founded in 1986 and has taken the fast track to over $76 million in annual sales! Their brand name is almost synonymous with mobility scooters. Pride Mobility produces a wide variety of mobility scooters that can be used on just about any terrain. Amongst those who have purchased Pride's brand of mobility scooters are the elderly and disabled including well known celebrities like scientist Stephen Hawking and actor Verne Troyer of 'Austin Powers' fame. Pride Mobility offers a fast mobility scooter introduced as the Wrangler PMV. For approximately $3500 you can be traveling at 10 mph. The Wrangler is a rugged mobility scooter intended for outdoor use. Thirteen inch deep tread tires help to make the Wrangler reliable and fast even on the roughest terrain. It uses two 100AH batteries and has two motors for ultimate traction. The seven inch ground clearance will help to ensure that you don't get stuck in a tough spot. The rugged construction of the Pride Mobility Wrangler line of mobility scooters does not compromise the comfort and convenience that are incorporated into all of Pride's designs. The Wrangler comes standard with a high back seat that is available in your choice of size and color and with flip back arm rests and a head rest for comfort. For those who still enjoy golfing but not the travel on the course, additional options available for the Wrangler include a golf bag holder that will turn your mobility scooter into the ultimate golf cart making the Wrangler a fast, convenient and personalized way to get to the 18th hole! Electric Mobility Scooters And What To Look For Electric mobility scooters are designed to assist those who have physical conditions that make walking difficult enjoy the sense of independence and freedom that comes from mobility. When selecting the appropriate make and model of an electric scooter the individual rider's overall physical condition and personal preferences need to be considered in relation to the basic construction of the scooter. The basic construction should combine a backrest, seat and foot support to provide a comfortable and stable seating base. This enables riders to expend their energy on the essential activities, such as operating the vehicle and accomplishing tasks from within the mobility scooter rather than wasting effort trying to maintain a comfortable, upright position. The seat unit should have an anatomically contoured seat base and backrest and be wide enough to accommodate outdoor clothing if necessary. However, it should not be so wide that the user is forced to sit asymmetrically to feel properly supported. If the seat is too narrow it will become uncomfortable and increase the risk of pressure sores. Try to choose an electric mobility scooter that has a seat and backrest which can be adjusted to meet individual comfort levels. Additionally, a seat with fold up armrests adds to the comfort of the rider, make transferring on and off the seat easier and will reduce the amount of physical strain on the upper body. A stable seating posture is essential in order to manage the vehicle's controls which are located on the tiller, or steering column and handlebars. The tiller is the control and steering mechanism for the mobility scooter and has the controls to drive the scooter forward or in reverse, as well as steering the front wheels. Some tillers feature height and angle adjustability to ensure that the rider can comfortably reach the tiller and therefore has maximum control over the scooter. A console, centrally located on the tiller, has the supplementary controls for lights, indicators, horn and to power the unit on and off. Two hands are typically required to manage the tiller steering component of an electric mobility scooter. Some models can be controlled by only one hand if the model is equipped with one level for acceleration that switches for forward and reverse mode, however operating supplementary controls at the same time as steering can be difficult. If the intended rider is interested in an electric mobility scooter that will travel as well as provide travel you will want to investigate transportable electric mobility scooters. Transportable mobility scooters can be dismantled for transport and storage. On larger scooters or those intended for rugged outdoor use, you may want to check the weight of the largest individual piece in order to be properly prepared to disassemble as individual components can still be quite heavy. Although a convenient feature, when you consider transporting a mobility scooter you will have to keep in mind that transporting the scooter will require it to be broken down before the next destination, assembled upon arrival, disassembled upon return and once again assembled for use at home. This may not seem very convenient, but when it comes to being able to join family and friends on a special outing or having to choose to not participate due to physical limitations, the break down and set up of the mobility scooter is a more than worthwhile small chore in comparison to the benefits it brings to the rider and their ability to interact independently with family and friends. Finding Mobility Scooters At A Discount Mobility scooters can be of great assistance to anyone who has difficulty walking, but still has adequate upper body strength. People can have difficulty walking for many reasons including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and age related conditions. People with these conditions are often on a limited budget and have many health related expenses. So, a mobility scooter is often considered a luxury that simply cannot be afforded. However, there are a variety of ways to purchase a mobility scooter at a discount price that will allow the rider to enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of a scooter without spending a fortune. Mobility scooters alleviate the stresses that a manual chair or walker put on the upper body, as well as enable the rider to enjoy many activities that they might not otherwise have been able to participate in. Although the rider of a mobility scooter must have enough strength and dexterity in the upper body to operate and manage the steering and hand operated controls of a mobility scooter, they need not have the additional strength and coordination required to operate a manual chair or walker. This makes mobility scooters a viable and beneficial alternative for someone whose only other options might have been to refrain from activity or to purchase a more costly motorized wheel chair. Mobility scooters are available worldwide at medical supply stores, specialty shops and from a multitude of online distributors. Your chances of getting a greater discount will most likely come from online distributors. Shopping for a mobility scooter at a discount site online will enable you to research the various makes and models and comparison shop between distributor sites at your leisure. This will help you determine which make and model will suit your needs and also help to ensure you obtain the lowest discount price available. There are several discount mobility scooter recommended websites where you will find terrific discount pricing as well as excellent customer service focused policies and procedures. One of those sites is operated by Spinlife.com, LLC at www.spinlife.com , which allows us to browse through the many mobility scooters they have available at a discount. With a variety of makes and models and limited or full featured versions, Spinlife.com certainly offers a great selection to choose from and discounts range up to 50% off list price -- but that's not all. They have what they refer to as a 110% lowest price guarantee. This guarantee means that if they verify that you found the identical item online at a lower price, they will discount their price by 110% of the price difference -- talk about a great discount! Spinlife.com also provides helpful insurance eligibility information, free shipping and a fair and flexible return policy. Another way to purchase a mobility scooter at a deep discount is to buy a secondhand or used mobility scooter. If you are willing to do without the most recent model, the newly enhanced features and a the manufacturers warranty associated with a brand new mobility scooter, you may be able to locate a good quality mobility scooter locally or on EBay. 4WD Mobility Scooters Keep You Going Mobility scooters can offer a lot of convenience to individuals that are injured or obese, and need help when it comes to getting from one place to another. Whether a person is trying to reduce the stress and strain that they put on the bones of their body in order to reduce the risk of an injury, or the individual is simply to frail to get from place to place as quickly as they need to or would like to be able to, mobility scooters can provide a welcome relief to these individuals in that they are then able to accomplish their specific individualized goals when it comes to moving around or from one place to another. However, these people also want to be able to rely on the safety and reliability of these scooters. This is essential, since otherwise the individual is not being helped any more than they would be without the scooter. To invest in an item built to move one around, and then not be able to move around in it from time to time would easily be considered by most people to be a waste of money. This is why many people should look at the specifics of their mobility scooters before they purchase them. There are many things that can make one type of mobility scooter better than another type of mobility scooter simply because the difference between the two can enable one to be relied on more often than the other one would be. Prices and characterizations of each mobility scooter need to be considered carefully by consumers in order to ensure that they are making the right decision when it comes to their investment in mobility scooters. The winter time is not only a time in which people are more likely to get hurt on account of the weather conditions, but it is also a time in which individuals need to be able to rely on their mobility scooters outside. Because of this, many companies have begun to offer 4wd mobility scooters. These work in similar ways to 4 wheel drive vehicles. 4wd mobility scooters allow the individual to have more control over their movements, even on slick or slippery services. Where less effective mobility scooters may become stuck, mobility scooters with 4wd are able to get through the difficult elemental effects of the weather and keep the individual safe and secure while they are transported from one area to another. While they are often more expensive, they also offer more by way of convenience and effective capabilities. Some people will need to be careful, though. If a person is living in Arizona, they will probably not need to purchase a 4wd mobility scooter simply because they are not exposed to the need for such an item. Rather, this type of purchase needs to be thought about carefully, logically and rationally by the consumer prior to their commitment in purchasing a 4wd mobility scooter from a manufacturer or other retail outlet, Pennysaver ad or another individual that is parting with their 4wd mobility scooters. The Benefits Of 4 Wheel Mobility Scooters In stores, we will often come across experiences wherein we observe an individual that is sitting down in a scooter and going about their shopping process. Sometimes there is a basket attached to the scooter and other times there are not. We will see them move up and down the aisles, and for the safety of themselves and others they will often beep when they are backing up in order to alert others. The 4 wheel mobility scooters enable a person to ride along on the scooter much in the manner or a small and personalized car. The four wheels provide a comfortable situation for the individual to be in, and they easily allow the person to go backwards, forwards, left and right. This is very beneficial for individuals that are hurt, and still need to go grocery shopping. For example, if a person breaks one or both of their legs, this will have no effect on their eating schedule. Even while their legs heal, they will likely still need to eat, play and work. Having an injury should not prevent a person from performing any of these processes. The application of a 4 wheel mobility scooter will enable the individual to focus on just these necessary things. There are different types of scooters that exist on the market today, and 4 wheel mobility scooters were some of the first ones that were produced and put on the market for individuals to invest in when it comes to personalized transportation and assistance. Not only are they reliable and durable, but they have been around long enough for the manufacturers to understand what is and is not helpful in designing these items. There are more places than individuals may know exist when it comes to outlets for purchasing these types of mobility scooters. Some of us may have observed the commercials on television late at night talking about these mobility scooters, but we are not just limited to purchasing these devices from late night infomercials. The truth is that there are a number of companies that make these available new to individuals, but there are even more places from which a person can purchase a used mobility scooter with 4 wheels, including from a newspaper's classified ads section, an online auction site or item forum, or from an online store that is selling 4 wheel mobility scooters. The reasons for individuals wanting to purchase these items vary, but for the most part they are purchased by individuals that are caused pain when they are on their feet for a long period of time. For example, individuals that have any broken bones in their body from the waist down and are trying to heal can benefit. So, too, can individuals that are considered to be overweight, since in some situations this can cause stress and strain on the body, doing more harm than good when it comes to walking around grocery shopping, for example. The advantages that this type of device can provide to the individual can vary from person to person, but there are many advantages to discover. Benefits Of 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters One of the most common types of mobility scooters are those that were manufactured and produced with four wheels. They are able to go forwards, backwards and of course left and right. For quite a while they were considered to be very useful and helpful, and many people appreciated the efficiency and convenience that devices like them offered to the individuals that needed the assistance. However, over time, as technology advanced, individuals began to start expecting more of all their technologically backed items, including mobility scooters. And so, as companies began to make more changes on their mobility scooters, in order to make them more appealing to consumers, eventually some companies came up with the idea o design mobility scooters that would be able to function with fewer wheels, and offer even more to the individual by way of efficiency, convenience and style. This is part of what makes them so appealing and attractive to consumers and individuals that are thinking about purchasing such items, if they find that they have begun to need something to help them move around from one place to another. Sometimes this happens when a person succumbs to an injury, and in other instances these devices are used by individuals that would otherwise feel pain when moving about at such a steady pace or for such a lengthy period of time. Most people would not think so, but mobility scooters are not like an individual's car. They want items and devices that will help them to feel good about themselves. They want items that will look nice and sharp. 3 wheel mobility scooters offer not only cutting edge technology and convenience, but they are also able to offer a new look to individuals that are considering investing in such items. They are designed to look more streamlined and aerodynamic, not unlike a car. The rounded edges and sturdy design help to make 3 wheel mobility scooters popular, but this is not what clenches it for these types of scooters. Rather, it is the different things that an individual can do with the 3 wheel mobility scooters that help to put them ahead when it comes to the benefits and advantages that come with the scooter. Not limited to rough turns or three point turns, the one singular wheel in the front of three wheel mobility scooters allows the individual to move around in a much more fluid motion. People no longer need to go forward, then back, and then forward again in order to complete a sharp turn. Instead, the new more subtle look of the scooter and the unassuming design help the individual in charge of the 3 wheel mobility scooter to move in a more simple and steady form. This makes these types of mobility scooters more appealing to consumers because they offer efficiency, and extended convenience in addition to style and sleek designs which can help to make a person feel better about admitting that they may need help moving around from time to time. No one likes to feel helpless, and a mobility scooter such as this can add an exciting edge to the event. Form, Function And Style With Pride Mobility Scooters Pride Mobility Products Corporation is the manufacturer of the number one selling brand of mobility scooters in the United States. Putting a tremendous amount of effort into designing and manufacturing high quality mobility scooters is just one of the reasons Pride Mobility has risen above the competition. Their innovative designs and durable product lines help individuals who have difficulty walking participate in activities and events they might otherwise have to avoid. A Pride Mobility Scooter helps an individual who is having some trouble getting around on their own to easily move themselves around the house, shopping mall, or village streets while allowing them to maintain their independence. Pride Mobility Scooters are well respected in their industry for being more than just a means of transportation. Their scooters are designed with the reliability needs, comfort and convenience of the user being highly accounted for in their designs. Pride Mobility Scooters are carefully constructed to be smooth riding, quiet and easy to operate. The individual is never forgotten during the design of a Pride Mobility Scooter and personal style and taste preferences are also taken into consideration during the design process. A large selection of models that accommodate different individual needs and budgets are available in a wide array of colors. Convenient features and accessories help to ensure the rider is able to move about with the least amount of physical exertion and at a more than adequate level of personal comfort. Pride Mobility Products Corporation has several authorized sales and distribution centers throughout the United States. These distributors represent the world leader in mobility equipment and represent the Pride Mobility Scooter product line and also provide service when necessary. These authorized distributors are knowledgeable and experienced at answering questions and making recommendations that will help you select the Pride Mobility Scooter that is best for the individual. Some distributors will even allow a potential buyer to take the mobility scooter out for on-site trials for a specific period of time. A trial period allows the individual to more accurately determine the scooters performance, and whether the controls, seating, and leg room are sufficiently comfortable for long-term use. The combination of style, solid performance and exceptional value found with Pride Mobility Scooters is consistent throughout their various models. For many people who have conditions that adversely affect their mobility, a Pride Mobility Scooter can be a cost effective and attractive alternative to a motorized wheel chair. For some a more attractive, less "medical" appearance is an important factor. For others, greater flexibility is a primary consideration. For those not requiring the sophisticated electronics or seating systems of a powered wheelchair, the smaller price tag is attractive. Whatever the reason for considering a scooter, models should be carefully evaluated for their capability to accommodate a person's disability and meet the requirements of the intended use. In addition to gathering information from a Pride Mobility Scooter distributor, those who are purchasing their first Pride Mobility Scooter should consult with their physician, therapist, or other rehabilitation professional to determine whether a mobility scooter is the best option and what functional features are required to suit their individual needs. Where To Find Service And Parts List For Pride Mobility Scooters Pride Mobility Products Corporation is the privately owned company that manufacturers a very popular and respected line of mobility scooters. This very successful company was founded in 1986 and has consistently grown, now exceeding $76 million dollars in annual sales. It is obvious that many people are purchasing Pride Mobility's line of mobility scooters and for good reason -- they are available in a wide variety of models and styles, moderately priced, feature rich and durable. But even the most reliable motor scooters need routine maintenance and care in order to operate at optimum levels at all times. So, if you own a Pride Mobility scooter and want to keep it in optimum operating conditions, you will need to have a list of the parts applicable to your particular model mobility scooter and a reliable source from which to obtain Pride Mobility replacement parts, a price list, and, if necessary, access to an authorized service technician. The operator's manual for a Pride Mobility scooter is provided at the time of purchase and includes a list of parts specific to the model purchased. If by chance this manual has been lost, you can download a copy from Pride Mobility's website at www.pridemobility.com/resourcecenter . The manual also supplies information on routine maintenance procedures, parts lists, repair options and troubleshooting advice. The web site also provides a lot of useful information including their contact information so you can contact them directly for information regarding parts lists and repairs. Most distributors of Pride mobility scooters carry many of the consumable parts most often purchased such as batteries, tires and chargers. Many carry convenient accessories such as cane or walking stick holders, oxygen holders, cup holders, baskets and canopies. However, should you been in need of a mechanical repair you will need to know where to obtain the appropriate replacement parts and possibly some help from an authorized service center. Pride Mobility has authorized sales and service distribution arms throughout the United States. Each authorized service center has parts lists for all Pride Mobility scooter models. Should you be mechanically inclined and have already identified the parts you need, contacting one of Pride Mobility's authorized sales and service centers should be all you need to do to purchase the parts you need to do. These authorized service centers also have technicians that have completed the required Pride Mobility repair training program to efficiently repair your mobility scooter with genuine high quality Pride Mobility parts. Drop off and repair service is usually available should a distribution center be within a short distance for you, and even house calls within a limited local area are an option from some providers. Spinlife.com, LLC, is an authorized Pride Mobility sales and service distributor. Their expert technical staff is well qualified to repair your mobility scooter using genuine parts from the manufacturer's recommendation list. They also commit to finding someone who can help you with parts and repairs should they be unable to do so themselves. You can find out more about Pride Mobility Scooters and Spinlife.com LLC at www.Spinlife.com Exploring Bruno Mobility Scooters When it comes to the world of mobility scooters, there are a fair number of manufacturers that are considered to be reliable, durable and dependable. These more elite brands are easily relied on by the individual because they have been able to prove their worth over the period of time that they have been in existence and established. Bruno mobility scooters are some of the most reliable scooters that have been available for purchase on the open market and they are designed for particular reasons and purposes. Like almost all mobility scooters, they are intended to be used for individuals that would need assistance moving around. Sometimes this is caused when a person suffers an injury. For example, if an individual has broken both of their feet in an accident, they will need something like a Bruno mobility scooter simply because they will not be able to put any pressure on their feet while they are healing. Instead, they will need to be transported. Wheelchairs are an option, but for individuals waiting for the bones in their feet to heal, this may not be a good loan term solution to the problem. Bruno mobility scooters will allow the individual to be easily transported to and from destinations, but at the same time they will be comfortable and able to relax. The last thing anyone needs is more stress and strain put on them, especially when it comes to individuals that are attempting to heal. By ensuring that the individual is kept in a comfortable and strain-free position, they are able to focus more on healing and stay in more positive spirits, instead of sinking into a possible depression as a result of not being able to move around as easily as they once were able to do. Another example of individuals that would be able to benefit from the use of Bruno mobility scooters would be those who are overweight. Being overweight can put a lot of stress and strain on the body when it is being moved around. Rather than put stress and strain on the bones, effectively increasing the odds of injury or accident, it can be easier and more convenient for the individuals to use Bruno mobility scooters until such a time that the individual is able to reduce their weight. Since this can sometimes be a lengthy process, many people would benefit in the meantime from utilizing the Bruno mobility scooters that are available for purchase, both in new and used conditions. By being able to rely on a device that will allow the individual to move about easily and conveniently, it is more likely that these individuals would open themselves up to new experiences since they no longer have to worry about putting their body in a potentially dangerous position. Despite the fact that it seems like the person would be less active, the truth is that be finding something to benefit them when it comes to being able to go out and do things, they will actually be increasing their activity levels. CTM Mobility Scooters If an individual is looking for a scooter that is made by a company that is reliable and dependable, then they may need to look no further than CTM mobility scooters. the models that they are able to produce can be purchased by the general public at large. The company understands that individuals need different things. One person will need such a device for the rest of their life, while another person may just need it for a few months. There are so many different people with specific needs, and if a company does not offer different models when it comes to their mobility scooters, they will not be able to appeal to as many consumers as they would otherwise have been able to do. As a result, companies such as CTM have been able to come up with different designs and different models to offer their customers. However, this does not stay limited to the way that the CTM mobility scooters are able to look and appear. Rather, they are also different when it comes to the motors that are offered and the power source of the individual CTM mobility scooters. For those who do not need them, these things may seem like simple and trivial aspects of such devices that do not really matter in the long run. But to those that are familiar with the CTM mobility scooters and who do need one in order to get around and be transported from one place to another, the knowledge that these different aspects are very important and useful when it comes to making a decision as to which type of scooter would best suit their immediate needs as well as their financial planning procedures. There are two different types of power sources when it comes to mobility scooters, and the type that is best for the individual will vary from person to person, since different things are convenient to different people. Batteries will run some of the mobility scooters, while others will need to be charged for a period of time before they are used. In cases that rely on the power source as an important and vital piece to the decision making process, individuals that do not have the time to keep their mobility scooter charged, individuals that are constantly on the go, would likely be better off with a battery that can be replaced as opposed to one that needs to be charged every so often. There are also differences when it comes to the motors of the scooters. Some people will be much more demanding of their scooters as opposed to others. Just for example, if a person is using their scooter all the time and they have a lot of hills on their property, they will likely need a more powerful motor in their scooter in order to keep them effective. By contrast, if a person is going to be moving on flat surfaces for the most part and they will not be very demanding on their scooter, they would be just as happy with a mobility scooter that does not use such a strong motor, since it would effective be a waste of money if they never need to use its extra capabilities in motor form. QVC Scooter Store Can Provide Mobility Scooters Purchasing a new mobility scooter requires one to analyzed and look carefully at the different things that need to be considered and matter to the individual. Mobility scooters scooter store QVC can provide vary in almost every imaginable way, and this is why it is so important for individuals to go through the specifics of each one before committing to a particular purchase. By looking at everything and comparing the characteristics and abilities of the scooter as compared to specifically what the individual will need from their scooter, it will be very easy to start narrowing down the list of scooters that could make a reasonable purchase from those that would not be able to fully satisfy the individual consumer. These needs will vary from person to person, but there are some specific things to think about when it comes to considering the different types and models of mobility scooters scooter store QVC can provide to interested parties. First, there are many different manufacturers. They make different types and models of scooters. While there are some who are loyal to one particular company, there are others that do not have that type of loyalty in a particular company at the present time. Instead, they will prefer to look at the manufacturers objectively and look for the one that is more reliable and dependable. This will come in terms of the mobility scooter itself and the customer service that the company is known to provide, as well. When it comes to these considerations, sometimes an individual can get more than enough knowledge from the internet. Next, it will depend what type of power source the individual wants their mobility scooters scooter store QVC can provide to use. There is battery power available and also electric power. Those that run on electric power will be able to be plugged in and charged for a period of time, while those that operate on a battery, much like a car, will simply need to be replaced from time to time. How often an individual will need to use their scooter, and how much down time the scooter will have, is part of what will enable an individual to make the decision of which power source they would prefer their mobility scooter to have. Also the individual will want to consider price. Whether the item is being purchased in full at the time or it is being financed, it will help the consumer to sit down and think about their budget and how much money they have to invest in the purchase overall before they commit to buying a particular item. Lastly, it can help to look at the number of wheels that the scooter has, and for the individual to think about how versatile they need their scooter to be. In the beginning there were just 4 wheel scooters being made, but in order to make the scooters more manageable and attractive many now also offer 3 wheeled scooters. In many cases these are more expensive, since they offer more convenience to the consumer and user. Mobility Scooters Ready To Go And Available In The UK Mobility scooters, as a form of short distance transportation and assistance to those who have difficulty walking, have grown in popularity in recent years. This is in large part due to the reduction in prices by many major manufacturers and distributors of mobility scooters in the UK and worldwide. The increased interest is also the result of the mobility scooter itself being a more flexible and viable alternative option to a motorized wheel chair, manual chair or walker. Even with its less cumbersome appearance and shape, a mobility scooter does accommodate the needs of many people who may previously had thought a wheelchair was their only option. A mobility scooter is much less expensive than a motorized wheelchair and has a more visually appealing design. However, the rider must have adequate upper body strength and dexterity to operate and manage the movement of the scooter. The movement of a mobility scooter is managed with hand operated controls which are located on the steering column and the steering wheel. If the rider is able to walk a few steps and has sufficient upper body physical abilities, a mobility scooter might just be a welcome solution to overcoming some physical limitations. A few of the well respected manufacturers of mobility scooters that have distribution centers in the U.K. as well as other areas include Shoprider, Pride and Electric Mobility. All three of these manufacturers offer 3 and 4 wheel models with various features to accommodate different needs including lightweight, midrange and large models. The larger models can go up to 8mph, as opposed to the midrange models which top out at 4 mph. Some of the accessories that are available for use with a mobility scooter include baskets designed to attach to either the front or the rear of the scooter, crutch holders and crutch holder and walking stick bags and canopies. A canopy is especially useful outdoors and provides shade from the hot sun as well as shelter from rain and wind. Another accessory to consider would be a ramp. Ramps allow for a smooth transition from one surface area to another of a different height easy and are available in many sizes. There are even ramps that fold up to coyly imitate the appearance of a briefcase complete with user friendly fasteners and carry handle. Mobility scooters range in price from £700 to over £3000. The higher priced models typically include two onboard batteries to provide power to a more powerful motor and are built to accommodate more weight. They may also include convenient accessory features such as baskets, crutch or walking stick holders and cup holders. London Mobility is a family owned business in the U.K. that distributes a variety of mobility scooters. They are committed to providing those who are less physically able the opportunity to own a high quality mobility scooter at an affordable price. London Mobility also offers reliable pre and post sale customer service and maintenance, as well as free delivery to anywhere within the U.K. mainland.
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