Scooters - how do I choose?
There are many variations of scooters, offering differing features to suit you, the environment you live in and the terrain you cover.
Here are some questions you will need to ask yourself:
- Is the scooter comfortable to ride?
- Can I get on and off it easily?
- Are the controls suitable and comfortable for me to use over a long period?
- Is the scooter going to suit my needs for at least a few years?
- Can the scooter carry me and my shopping?
- Will the scooter be suitable for all types of terrain I anticipate wanting to use it over?
- Do I need the scooter to be able to climb kerbs?
- Can I dismantle the scooter to transport it in a car if needed?
- Does the scooter give me the mileage range I need, not only when shopping locally, but also, for example, when I want to visit a National Trust stately home or gardens, participate in outdoor activities or when I go rambling?
- Is the scooter stable and safe enough for my needs?
- Do I have somewhere to store and charge my scooter?
Scooters come in many styles; the smaller offering easy maneuverability, and portability, but often with smaller wheels which will not go up kerbs or over rough ground. Small batteries restrict range (possibly down as low as 10 miles), however they may be better for indoors, or short journeys.
Note that mounting and dismounting kerbs with any mobility vehicle can be very bouncy, and for some people can be uncomfortable, but with the increased availability of dropped kerbs and pedestrian areas you should find the need for kerb climbing less necessary.
Caring for my vehicle
Your dealer should always discuss the long term needs of you and your vehicle. After years of extensive design and development these products have become more reliable and durable, and you should enjoy independence without worry. However you must appreciate that with time, as with any mechanical product, components can go wrong. It is at these times it is most important that you have taken your dealers advice on regular servicing plans, extended guarantees and policies. If you are unfortunate enough to brake down, you will realise why it is so important that you have a reputable mobility specialist supply your mobility vehicle. With factory trained and qualified engineers, they should be able to get you back on the road quickly and efficiently.
For years to come
Looking after your mobility vehicle properly will help you ensure trouble free mobility. However, just like a car, you should expect to incur some running expenses for servicing and new batteries, for example. So we recommend putting a little aside each week to cover maintenance costs, or alternatively, investigating extended warranties, service contracts and insurance.
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