A Guide to Mobility Scooters

A Guide to Mobility Scooters
June 07, 2019

For some people, mobility scooters are an essential part of their lives. Giving them a mode of transport and a degree of safety, it offers them the freedom they may not have had without one.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the benefits of mobility scooters, help you to understand the differences between the three main types of mobility scooter and answer the questions we hear the most.

Our aim? To make the process of buying a mobility scooter as seamlessly as possible.

What's a mobility scooter?

A mobility scooter is an electric 4-wheeled vehicle and sits somewhere between a wheelchair and a motor scooter. It provides those with mobility issues a form of transport where travel might usually be a struggle.

There are a number of different mobility scooters available:

  • Mid Range Mobility Scooters

  • Portable Mobility Scooters

  • Road Legal Mobility Scooters

Each type of mobility scooter is beneficial depending on your needs. Whether you’re looking for a transportable scooter to take on days out with the family or a fully road legal mobility scooter for trips into town, there’s something for you.

How can mobility scooters help you?

Mobility scooters provide assistance for the elderly and those with mobility issues, helping them get from A to B in safety and comfort. Most mobility scooters also come with storage options to make everyday tasks, like shopping, much easier.

Many mobility scooters are easily transportable and can be folded away for easy storage in the back of your car, making them perfect for days out and trips away from home. Mobility scooters are powered by rechargeable batteries and are easy to operate, and because you don’t need a carer to push you along, their job is easier too.

They’re an incredibly cost-effective way to regain the freedom that may have been hampered by mobility issues.

What do you need to consider before buying your mobility scooter?

Here are some of the questions to ask before buying your mobility scooter:

  • How often will you need to use it?

  • What distance will you cover between charges?

  • Does it need to be portable?

  • Is comfort important?

  • What surfaces will you need to use it on?

  • Does it need to be rugged and suitable for off-road use?

  • What is your budget?

Take your time! Fully consider all the options before making a purchase and remember each type of mobility scooter offers different benefits depending on your needs.

Which type of mobility scooter is right for you?

Let’s take a look at the three main types of mobility scooters we offer here at Fenetic Wellbeing.

Mid Range Mobility Scooters: Mid Range Mobility Scooters are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. They’re ideal for use where public transport may not be available, and provide you with a comfortable experience wherever you may go. They’re versatile, practical and designed to tackle long distances. Most can even be dismantled to make them more portable too.

Portable Mobility Scooters: Portable Mobility Scooters are ideal for everyday use, especially when taking trips in the car or heading out on shopping trips. They have small frames making them easy to control in more confined areas and crowded streets. With a maximum range of 10 miles and a top speed of 4mph, they’re a great option for those who prioritise convenience.

Road Legal Mobility Scooters: Road Legal Mobility Scooters are specifically designed to cover long distances and provide maximum safety and comfort. They’re generally the larger of the mobility scooter range and feature lights and indicators to comply with road laws and legislation. They have a maximum range of between 20 to 30 miles and can reach speeds of up to 8mph.

What accessories are available for mobility scooters?

Our mobility scooters come with everything you need to get up and running! However, we do recommend considering a few extra things before making a purchase:  

Good quality mobility scooter batteries are essential, particularly if you’re needing them for longer journeys.

Scooter ramps are designed to help you easily navigate around your home. They’re easy to set up and are made of lightweight aluminium for easy storage and loading into a vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there heavy duty mobility scooters?

Yes, heavy duty mobility scooters have a weight capacity of around 25 stone/156 kg. They often come with full suspension systems and larger tyres to make covering long distances as comfortable as possible.

Which is the best mobility scooter?

This comes down to the specific needs of the user. Portable mobility scooters are great for quickly loading into the door of a car and for tackling shorter distances. Mid-range mobility scooters are better across longer distances and are still easy to transport when needed. Road Legal mobility scooters are not as easy to transport, but are brilliant over long distances, incredibly robust and capable of taking on a number of tough terrains.

How do you adjust the height of the seat on a mobility scooter?

The height of all seats are adjustable to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. To adjust the seat you need to simply lift the seat off and put it back in at the correct height for you. Your seat should always be set at a height that allows your thighs to be fully parallel with the base of the scooter.

How do you measure your home for a mobility scooter?

If you plan on using your mobility scooter in the home, it’s important to ensure it will fit through the spaces you require it to.

Measuring the width of doors and any corners will ensure you’re able to use your scooter as you need whilst at home.

What colour mobility scooters can you choose from?

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to colour, and we have something for everyone.

There are a number of colours you can choose from when you’re looking at buying a mobility scooter including blue, red, white, and silver, to name a few.

Where can you get a mobility scooter?

At Fenetic Wellbeing, we stock a range of mobility scooters to suit all tastes, requirements, and budgets.

If you have any questions about our mobility scooters or need help choosing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our UK team on 0800 567 7618. Or drop us a message via our live chat service. We’re always happy to help!

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