Why a Mobility Scooter instead of an Electric Wheelchair?

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Why a Mobility Scooter instead of an Electric Wheelchair?

Wheelchairs are designed generally for indoors and Flat surfaces, while Mobility Scooters have the power, structure, and design to negotiate hills, slopes, moving around in tight surroundings, as well as rough terrain. 

Wheelchairs usually have pneumatic tires while Mobility scooters have extra thick rubber puncture-proof wheels. As far as comfort and control are concerned, the Mobility scooter is designed for long comfortable movement and mobility with maximum manageability in both out and indoor environments. Wheelchairs, on the other hand, are generally a lot heavier and broader than lightweight fold-up mobility scooters which gain access more easily into most environments as well as into vehicles.  Unlike wheelchairs, Mobility scooters take up less space when folded and placed into storage or when tossed into the boot of a car, enhancing the disabled person’s independence and freedom. Last but not least, the mobility scooter is considered by most to be more attractive and much more fun to drive. 

How does one decide which is best for one’s self? 

There are many logical and important issues and questions one must consider when having to choose between a mobility scooter and an electric wheelchair. Most importantly it’s crucial one understands and accepts one’s physical limits and abilities while also understanding one’s disabilities. 

Questions like :

 

  • Is my body strong enough \ suitable to handle a scooter? 

Age and medical condition are obvious factors here, where one will have to be completely honest with one’s self-knowing exactly one’s capabilities in handling any one of these mini-vehicles. After all, they are moving amongst pedestrians. 

Not only is one’s personal safety important here but also those all around are crucial.  The driver of both mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs would have to always give way to pedestrians unless they kindly decided to give way to you. Courtesy and patience would be of the essence. 

  • Am I medically fit to drive such a vehicle?

This would easily be assessed by each individual. It would be obvious that if one arm \ hand was missing due to amputation, then an eclectic wheelchair would be better suited. The hands are used for steering a scooter while an electric wheelchair can be steered in every direction with one finger. 

  • Is my body flexible enough to independently fold up and store a mobility scooter?

Disability is usually decided by either age or general physical and medical conditions. Using a Mobility Scooter requires some form of flexibility, strength, and technical comprehension.

  • Which of the two most suits my physical condition with safety being a priority.

This decision would be crucial. A person, even without legs would still be able to control and drive both safely. Yet, missing an arm \ hand would present some difficulties driving a scooter.  

  • Affordability.

Price is always important. One may need a car but one then purchases a car based on one’s financial capabilities. The same applies when having to purchase a mobility vehicle.

  • Cost of maintenance. 

Which of the two would require the most maintenance considering how one would use the mobility vehicle. when you see mobility scooters for sale you rarely need any service while wheelchairs have more moving parts which give rise to wear and tear. 

  • What kind of warranty is being offered?

The longer the warranty period of the mini-vehicle the better. Then one must investigate whether or not the warranty period includes the batteries. 

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