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Mobility scooters are an ideal way of retaining your independence by providing you with the ability of getting out and about without any assistance. They can provide you with the freedom of being able to go to the shops, visit family and friends or just to take a trip out.
When purchasing a mobility scooter, you will need to take various things into account. We hope the following information will help you make the right choice.
There are 3 types of mobility scooter:
If you are going to be spending more time on your mobility scooter, travelling greater distances and also navigating kerbs and hills you may need to look at a larger, sturdier model. These are still for pavement use only and they also often have a higher weight limit and more features.
These are 6 or 8mph scooters that can be used on both the pavement and the road. They have lights and indicators and are more comfortable for longer distances. You do not need a driving licence or need to take a test to use a class 3 scooter and they are not subject to road tax or mandatory insurance. However we do register class 3 mobility scooters with the DVLA for our customers so that they receive a ‘nil duty’ tax disc and owners log book. We advise that the tax disc be displayed on the scooter and also advise to take out insurance which can be obtained when purchasing your scooter.
It is not permitted to use mobility scooters on motorways, cycle or bus lanes and is not advisable to use them on unrestricted dual carriageways ( ie with a speed limit of 50mph or more )
If you do use a 4 wheeled mobility scooter on a dual carriageway then you must have a visible amber flashing light.
The highway code must be adhered to at all times when using your mobility scooter on the road
The following construction features must apply
Mobility scooters are simple to use, economical to run and easy to maintain. When choosing the right scooter for you, there are some things to take into account:
If the answer is yes, then you would need to look at lighter car boot scooters. These are the portable type that can be easily disassembled into approx 5 pieces and fit into your car. They may be less comfortable than the larger scooters as they have small, solid tyres, smaller seats and rarely any suspension.
Consider the areas you will be going on your scooter, will there be a lot of drop kerbs and if so are they drop kerbs. If the answer is yes then a scooter with good ground clearance and a larger battery capacity would be a good option.
If you are going to use a scooter for longer journeys then you need to think about the comfort aspect, ie legroom, suspension, adjustable seat. Also speed will be an important factor as you won’t want to do a 20 mile trip at 4mph therefore you might want to look at 6 or 8mph class 3 scooters
You need to think about where you will be storing the scooter when you are not using it. Larger scooters are generally quite wide, so you need to be close to a power socket so as to charge the scooter when required. The ideal place would be in your garage. If you cannot store it in a garage, then maybe it would fit in your home. If this is the case then make sure it will go through your doors and consider whether you will need an access ramp. The other option is outside but if this is the case then you will need to make sure it is covered over to keep it clean and dry.
Mobility scooters require little maintenance.
You should keep the scooter clean and store in a dry place away from rain.
Check the tyre pressures regularly (refer to the user manual)
Your scooter batteries need to be kept fully charged to maintain them and prolong their life.
We strongly advise that when the scooter is not being used it is kept on charge all the time to help keep the batteries in the best condition possible. Should you leave the batteries without charge they could be damaged beyond repair. Just like a car your scooter will need to be serviced on an annual basis, failure to do so could invalidate your warranty.