Which Would be the Best Mobility Scooters for Your Aging Parents?

On the market there are available many types of scooters. If you have decided to buy one but you don’t know which one you think will best suit your parents’ needs then see these pieces of advice that will help you to choose the best electric mobility scooter for your needs. Scooters differentiate from each other mainly by class, size, controls and battery type.

Mobility scooters from different classes

The law divides the electric mobility scooter models by class:

  • Class 1 – in this category there are included the regular manual wheelchair. Under any circumstance they are not electric powered.
  • Class 2 – in this category there are included scooters that reach the maximum speed of 4 mph.
  • Class 3 – in this category there are included scooters that reach the maximum speed of 8 mph.

One can drive a class 3 scooter on pavements, pedestrian areas, footpaths or bridleways as long as the speed is kept under 4 mph. Since the maximum speed of a class 2 scooter is the same as the maximum speed allowed in these areas, you may think that a class 2 scooter is more comfortable to use than a class 3 scooter. You don’t have to pay attention anymore to how fast you ride your mobility scooter. And you never know what speeders may hide inside your parents! A class 3 mobility scooter is useful because it also allows your parents to ride on the road.

Mobility scooters of different sizes

Mobility scooters may vary in size. Some of them may be foldable, other may detach in order to occupy less storage space. There are scooters with three wheels and scooters with four wheels. The first ones may be easier to maneuver but they may not be as steady as others.  The size of the mobility scooter influence how much space will it need in order to make a complete turn. You need to make a compromise between size and maneuverability since a little scooter is easier to use indoors.

Mobility scooters that have different types of controls

Most mobility scooters may have either

  • conventional handle bar arrangement, or
  • delta bar configuration

If you can afford to buy a mobility scooter that has delta bar configuration controls then do so. It will feel more ergonomic in your parents’ hands and it will be easier to be maneuvered.

Mobility scooters that have different battery types

Regarding the battery type there are three types of mobility scooters:

  • Scooters that use Lead Acid batteries – they require maintenance and cannot be taken on planes, but they are the cheapest and last the longest.
  • Scooters that use Gel Cell batteries – they don’t require maintenance, can be taken on planes, are more expensive and last less.
  • Scooters that use AGM batteries – they don’t require maintenance, can be taken on planes, are the most expensive since they are the newer technology and are more resistant to shocks.

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