You’ve decided to purchase a mobility scooter. This is the first step to enhancing your mobility. Yet, there are so many different types of scooters out there. How do you know which electric scooter is right for you?
When choosing the right mobility scooter, it’s important to ask yourself several questions.
- Do I want a 3-wheel scooter or a 4-wheel scooter?
- How will I use my motorized scooter?
- How fast do I want my power scooter to go?
- How far do I want to travel with my mobility scooter?
First, it’s important to understand the major differences between 3-wheel and 4-wheel electric scooters. A 3-wheel scooter has many benefits, such as a sharper turning radius and more leg room for taller individuals. Three-wheel power scooters are also better suited for smooth, indoor surfaces. In contrast, 4-wheel motorized scooters provide a broader and more stable wheelbase, ensuring better weight distribution. Four-wheel scooters are also well-matched for outdoor driving.
The second thing to anticipate when choosing a mobility product is how you will use your scooter. If you need a scooter mainly for inside your home, you want a device that offers a tighter turning radius, such as the Jazzy® Zero Turn or the Go-Go Elite Traveller®. These scooters fit through door frames and maneuver around corners easily.
If you prefer to use a scooter outdoors, you need a product that is more rugged and can handle varied terrain, while still offering comfort and stability. The Revo™ 2.0 features suspension components that absorb shock, giving you a smoother and more enjoyable ride.
To some, the speed of a scooter is important, as well as safety features. The Raptor cruises up to 14 mph and is equipped with a regenerative braking system. If you are concerned about visibility, then look for a motorized scooter that offers LED lighting. This ensures your safety when driving your scooter in low-light environments.
Lastly, the range of a scooter can also play a huge role in choosing the product that is right for you. Many scooters are battery-powered. Consider how far you want to drive your mobility scooter on one charge. Depending on the kind of batteries used, the Victory® 10.2 can travel up to 13 miles in a single charge.
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