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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:

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.

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Mobility Scooters In The News

Tech-Culture Scourge or Democratized Mobility, E-Scooters Are Here to Stay

The formula is familiar: A disruptive tech product creates a brand-new market overnight, antagonizing or evading regulation long enough to assert cultural and economic dominance. Not surprisingly, the ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:21:00 GMT

Lyft will offer discounts to people who use bikes and scooters to connect to transit

Lyft says it's adding incentives and discounts to encourage more people to use bikes and scooters, especially to and from mass transit hubs. The goal is to get more people to abandon their personal ca...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:35:01 GMT

New Mobility Companies For A New Future

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Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:38:00 GMT

Don't ban scooters. Redesign streets.

Shared dockless scooters are not on San Francisco's streets right now ... hard to do in transportation planning," says Jean Crowther, senior associate and new mobility group lead at the Portland, Oreg...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:16:00 GMT

Bird goes after helmet laws for electric scooters

"Our goal in supporting this legislation continues to be providing riders of shared scooters and e-bikes with more consistent ridership rules so that people can embrace sustainable shared mobility," a ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Europcar Mobility Group Joins MaaS (Mobility as a Service) Alliance

This has prompted us to ramp up our diversification efforts to include new mobility services such as car- and scooter-sharing, chauffeur services, peer-to-peer car rental, etc. We hope to continue sup...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:30:00 GMT

Indianapolis scooters: What the proposed regulations could mean

... Council's vote Monday on a proposal the Public Works Committee crafted two weeks ago that would regulate scooters - or, "shared mobility devices," as the committee called them. Most importantly, t...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:29:00 GMT

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