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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.

Woman dies after being bumped by mobility scooter in Coquitlam

An elderly woman has died after being bumped by a mobility scooter in Coquitlam, and police are seeking help identifying the operator. The 86-year-old fell to the ground after she was struck by the electric scooter at about 10:20 a.m. on Sept. 15 at the ...

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

The new EW-42 fast long-range electric mobility scooter has been added to the large selection of electric scooters and e-trikes at the Electric Vehicle Mall. Sep. 21, 2017 / PRZen / LARGO, Fla. -- The new EW-42 fast, long-range, 800-watt electric mobility ...

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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