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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.

Lorry driver admits causing Lord Taylor of Blackburn's mobility scooter death

A lorry driver has admitted knocking a Labour peer off his mobility scooter and killing him. Kul Pandey, 56, from Feltham, west London, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to causing the death by careless driving of Lord Taylor of Blackburn. The 87-year-old ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:26:00 GMT

Lorry driver admits knocking peer off mobility scooter and killing him

A lorry driver has admitted knocking a Labour peer off his mobility scooter and killing him. Kul Pandey, 56, from Feltham, west London, pleaded guilty to causing the death by careless driving of Lord Taylor of Blackburn. The 87-year-old peer was knocked ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:49:00 GMT

Video of elderly woman riding mobility scooter onto freeway, refusing to pull over even for police

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WKRG) - A frightening moment was caught on camera LIVE on Facebook in Memphis, Tennessee. But so was a good deed that may have saved a life. Towanna Murphy posted the Facebook LIVE video while driving down a Memphis street because she ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:59:00 GMT

WATCH: Elderly woman drives mobility scooter onto busy freeway scaring drivers

A woman, who appears to be in her 70s or 80s, was seen driving a mobility scooter onto a dangerous Memphis highway Friday evening around 7 p.m. The terrifying incident was recorded live on Facebook. The video was being filmed as a cry for help. Facebook ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:10:00 GMT

Watch the heart-stopping moment an elderly woman drove her mobility scooter onto a busy highway

An elderly woman has been filmed driving her mobility scooter onto a busy interstate highway in the United States. The woman, in her 70s or 80s according to local news, was spotted and filmed on Facebook Live by Towanna Murphy - who helped guide the busy ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:07:00 GMT

Horny Old Bill Hader + Malfunctioning Mobility Scooter = Lots of SNL Breaking

As much as we love to regale you all with SNL witticisms here at Vulture dot com, sometimes the best course of action is, in fact, saying nothing at all. Take this sketch featuring an elderly Bill Hader who takes some Cialis pills for his much younger wife ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:23:00 GMT

WATCH: Mayhem ensues as woman in mobility scooter races on to motorway

Towanna Murphy films a woman driving her mobility scooter on a busy road in Memphis, Tennessee, and tries to help. The woman was taken to hospital and safely returned home. Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning. Sign Up A teenager ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:17:00 GMT

Electric scooter startups, flush with cash, plan to expand to dozens of U.S. cities

Just last week, Santa Monica passed an emergency ordinance that would allow law enforcement officials to impound any Bird scooters or other "shared mobility devices" that pose an immediate hazard or obstruct access to public rights-of-way.

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:05:00 GMT

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