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On the Road with a Mobility Scooter

Portability is a factor in shopping for and selecting a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair. Besides possibly needing assistance in maneuvering around your own home, there are many places you can go with a mobility scooter or powered chair where you could not go otherwise without assistance. A powered chair or scooter gives you the independence to shop, vacation, visit relatives, and enjoy the outdoors. Where do you need to take your chair or scooter?

If you cannot drive your scooter or chair directly out of your front door, you will probably require a car or van that can carry the chair or scooter. Be sure to factor that into your travel plans. And you might still need some assistance getting in and out of the vehicle and onto your device.

There are many different styles of portable chairs and scooters. Some fold for ease of transport. Take into consideration how small a chair or scooter folds to fit into your vehicle. Others might need to be disassembled into several components and reassembled at your destination. This might also require the assistance of a helper. If your chair or scooter does not fold, you might need to install lifts or some other attachment on your vehicle.

Be sure to call ahead to your destination and inquire about how accommodating they might be to powered chairs or scooters. Fortunately, more and more venues are making themselves available to handle chairs or scooters. Some places you might go include:

  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls or grocery stores
  • Airports and airlines
  • Cruise ships
  • Bus tours
  • Parks, zoos, or fairgrounds
  • Theaters or outdoor concerts
  • Sporting events

When you get to your destination, how far do you expect to have to go in your chair or scooter? Compact, folding mobile chairs or scooters might not have as much range as a full size scooter. Be sure the battery is fully charged before you leave home. Also make sure you know how long it takes to charge the battery. And one of your questions for your destination should concern accommodation for recharging your battery if necessary. In extreme cases, it might make sense to carry an extra, fully charged battery.

Even the most accommodating destination might still present challenges to a wheeled vehicle. Consider bringing along your own portable ramps for small obstacles like door sills. And if you’re going shopping or “hiking,” check to see if your chair or scooter can accommodate chair-attached back packs, shopping bags, or baskets. And for outdoor use, consider accessories that allow you to handle varying weather conditions, like showers or hot sun. Some devices can be equipped with sun shields, rain hoods, and holders for umbrellas or canes.

Global Mobility Scooters 2017: Key Trends, Challenges and Standardization, Research and Forecast to 2021

Global Mobility Scooters Market latest research report provides in-depth analysis of definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure forecast until 2021. The report also consists of development trends, competitive landscape analysis ...

Published:  Mon, 22 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT



Judge catches 'disability discrimination' couple speeding on their mobility scooters

A sharp-eyed judge rumbled a couple who claimed they were victims of disability benefit when he caught them speeding on their mobility scooters during a court break. Former Royal Artillery gunner David Hughes, 58, and his partner Wendy ran up a bill of ...

Published:  Fri, 26 May 2017 09:36:00 GMT



Mobility Scooter Market is Driven by Rising Research and Development in Mobility Aids

Mobility scooters are electronic transport vehicles used as a mobility aid, mostly occupied by single person. These mobility scooters are operated on battery and varies from 3 wheels to 5 wheels. Mobility scooters assist in the movement of a person from ...

Published:  Wed, 24 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT



Convenience or liability? Should mobility scooter riders undergo compulsory tests?

They can travel along pavements, despite weighing up to 200kg. With an ever-increasing fleet on our pavements and roads, to many, mobility scooters are accidents waiting to happen. Every week, mobility-scooter drivers on Britain's road are involved in four ...

Published:  Wed, 24 May 2017 11:30:00 GMT



Via Rail changes policy on wheelchairs, mobility aids on trains

Both Marie Murphy, 54, and her husband Martin Anderson, 47, have cerebral palsy and rely on mobility scooters for their day-to-day travel. They argued the old regulations often prevented them from travelling together, as Via allowed only one of them to use ...

Published:  Sun, 21 May 2017 06:52:00 GMT



The Mobility Scooters Enhances One's Independence to Move Around Without Assistance

Pressbox (Press Release) - Most of the people find it difficult to lead an independent lifestyle as they become elderly and need someone to assist them. However to reduce this dependence and secure their dignity and respect there are many home care ...

Published:  Sun, 21 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT



Big Issue: Is it time for a mobility scooter crackdown?

Weighing up to 200kgs, they can then pull off and travel down the pavement. No wonder then that, with numbers of mobility scooters increasing year on year, many see their burgeoning numbers as little more than a recipe for disaster. Indeed, Department for ...

Published:  Tue, 16 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT



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