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How to Choose a Mobility Scooter

There are many differences between a powered mobility scooter and a powered wheelchair.

Powered wheelchairs are smaller, primarily for indoor use, and can be either front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. They provide mobility for people who have limited use of their arms and hands. They are often controlled by a single joystick that can be mounted on either the right or left. An advantage of a powered wheelchair is that they have no obstruction in the front, so they can pull directly up to a table or counter. They are also compact, not much longer or wider than a regular chair. This means they can be driven down hallways and through doors that might be too narrow for a larger scooter. If you need to be able to get around in your own home and have limited use of your arms or hands, a chair might be right for you.

Scooters are built primarily for outdoor use (or in large venues, like shopping malls) and are for people who are able to do some walking, for example getting off the scooter and walking into a store to shop. Scooters come in three wheel or four wheel configurations, often with pneumatic tires to handle uneven terrain. Larger tires provide increased ground clearance, which helps cross low obstacles that might be more challenging to powered wheelchairs. Scooters usually come with handlebars mounted on a steering column in the front, so they cannot be pulled directly up to a table. To use a mobility scooter, you must be able to steer and operate the controls with your arms and hands. There is usually an accelerator control mounted to one side of the handlebars or the other. Releasing the accelerator is what activates the brake.

Every chair or scooter should have a comfortable seat, a backrest, and support for the feet that together provide a sturdy and safe platform for riding. The seat on a mobility scooter will usually swivel right and left, making mounting and dismounting easier. A scooter might require a higher step up or down compared to a powered wheelchair.

If you are going to be using your chair or scooter outdoors, the seat should be wide enough for you to sit comfortably in outdoor clothing. However, it should not be so wide that you do not feel secure when sitting facing squarely forward. On the other hand, if the seat is too narrow you might be unable to shift your weight occasionally and limit the amount of time you can sit comfortably.

To sum up:

  • If you have limited upper body strength or control, you might consider a powered wheelchair instead of a scooter.
  • On the other hand, if you can handle the steering and controls, and can get on and off the vehicle to walk a little bit, a scooter might be just what you need.

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Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:10:00 GMT



Get out of my lane! Moment shocked driver sees an elderly man ride his Rascal Mobility Scooter down the middle of road

This is the concerning moment an elderly man rides his mobility scooter on a busy street in Utah. In the video, the driver who is filming, can be seen passing the man while he rides his mobility scooter down a three-way street. After a few moments, the ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:33:00 GMT



Man on mobility scooter dices with death as he drives on to busy roundabout 'forcing learner to brake'

A mobility scooter rider diced with death when he took his vehicle on to a roundabout crossing a busy A-road. Mobile phone footage, taken by a passenger further back in the roundabout queue, shows him approaching the busy junction in Essex. The rider ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:43:00 GMT



Woman dies after being knocked over by driver of mobility scooter in Coquitlam

RCMP are looking for the driver of a mobility scooter in Coquitlam, after a pedestrian was struck and killed. Mounties say an 86-year-old woman was bumped by a man driving an electric scooter at the corner of an intersection on Sept. 15. The woman fell and ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:07:00 GMT



Senior dies after being struck by mobility scooter in Coquitlam

Mounties are trying to identify the driver of a mobility scooter that struck and killed an 86-year-old woman last week in Coquitlam. The victim fell to the ground after being bumped at the corner of Austin Avenue and Westview Street Friday morning.

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:05:00 GMT



EW-42 Fast Mobility Scooter Now Available at Electric Vehicle Mall

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Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:47:00 GMT



Woman killed in mobility scooter horror crash is named

An inquest into the death of an elderly woman who died after being struck by a car has been opened. Dorothy Gertrude Upton, 93, was taken to Royal Derby Hospital on September 9 after being caught in a "collision with a car" on Alexandra Road, in Swadlincote.

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:06:00 GMT



Airwheel Electric Scooters Becomes New Favorite of Photographers

In general, Airwheel electric mobility scooter is always used for work commute and relaxation. However, some scooter-players have discovered another new function of the scooter-a vehicle for street shooting. When it comes to street interview ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:57:00 GMT



Using a Mobility Assistance Device Is Not 'Lazy'

I have noticed a really horrible trend of people calling those who use mobility assistance devices such as wheelchairs and scooters lazy, the problem with the world, and some other things I'm not going to repeat here. The problem with this line of ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:45:00 GMT



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