Your Mobility Scooter Buying Guide

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Mobility Scooter classes

Class 2 – Pavement scooters

All pavement scooters are Class 2 vehicles and can be operated on all pavement and footpaths. You may also cross the road using pedestrian and zebra crossings; however, you are not authorized to travel along the road (except where there is no pavement). The primary advantage of a Class 2 scooter over a bigger Class 3 scooter is the storage space. Numerous Class 2 mobility scooters are classified as “portable” owing to their ease of disassembly for transit. Class 2 scooters are ideal for people who want a scooter for moderate days out but are not looking to spend every day on lengthy excursions.

Class 3 – Road legal scooters

A scooter must meet several specific requirements to be recognized as a Class 3 vehicle. Class 3 vehicles have a maximum speed of 8mph but must have a mechanism to restrict their speed to 4mph on the pavement. This can be accomplished with a switch which enables 4mph travel. Historically, Class 3 scooters had a greater range of distance (they can go a greater distance on a single charge) and a higher maximum weight restriction. Due to the increased speed, they’re generally often bigger and more robust than Class 2 scooters.

The good news is that since a Class 3 vehicle isn’t legally classified as a motor vehicle, it is exempt from road tax (and does not need an MOT). There is no necessity to get insurance; however, we strongly advise you to do so.

Things to consider

When and where are you going to use your scooter? This is the most critical question to ask yourself. If you’re considering purchasing a scooter, you presumably have a decent notion of how you want to use it.

Several of the most frequent circumstances include:

  • Independent shopping excursion
  • Paying visits to friends and relatives
  • Taking the scooter on vacation or day outings
 

Do you need portability for the scooter?

A critical factor is whether you need a portable scooter. Scooters are large equipment with enormous batteries, engines and axles. Portable scooters are compact and low in weight. They disassemble to make loading the scooter into the trunk of a vehicle easier. Due to the lightweight nature of portable scooters, they’re often less comfortable than bigger non-portable scooters. Chairs often have less cushioning and are fastened in place. Therefore, unless you want a portable scooter, you’re better off with a mid-size or road-legal scooter.

Choosing the right scooter for your needs

You must verify that the characteristics of the scooter you choose fulfil your unique needs. These characteristics should be weighed against your unique circumstances. For instance, if you suffer from back pain, you should select a scooter with suspension.

One of the most critical elements is the user’s weight. 

This is a critical factor to consider while shopping for scooters; each scooter has a maximum rider weight restriction. Staying below the set maximum weight limit is critical since exceeding it may void the warranty and significantly reduce the scooter’s motor life. If you believe your weight may change, you should avoid caution and buy a scooter that allows for weight gain.

Managing your environmentTwo Pride Mobility Scooters

You should assess the area in which you will be riding your scooter. If you’re negotiating a lot of curbs (and there aren’t many lowered curbs), you’ll want a scooter with a respectable riding height. This enables you to scale curbs if appropriate.

If you reside in a hilly location, you must consider the effect on the scooter’s speed and range. Most manufacturers state a maximum gradient which the scooter can handle at maximum rider weight. This limit is not to be exceeded. The battery’s range will be reduced if you continually ascend and descend hills. Bigger scooters can handle steeper climbs.

Your surroundings also include where you plan to keep the scooter. Consider the space available to keep your scooter and if it will pose a hindrance (e.g., if you need to evacuate your home in the dark). You need a safe, weatherproof location near a power source to charge the scooter’s batteries. A garage is ideal for this. If you don’t have outdoor storage, you may need to bring the scooter inside. To do so, consider if you’ll need ramps to cross the threshold and the maximum width of your scooter to fit through the door.

Dubai Mobility offers an excellent range of mobility scooters for your needs. 

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