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Mobility Scooters for disabled persons - The sort after choice

Author: Todd Dawson
by Todd Dawson
Posted: Apr 14, 2015

Mobility scooters or scooters which are run by battery are a disability aid to the people on a move in wheelchair. These are controlled by electrical switches.

What are Mobility scooters?

This type of wheelchair enabled vehicles is largely battery enabled with some variants which run on gasoline. The battery is either attachable or detachable and is charged on position or separately through a battery charger which is plugged to the electricity switch board.

The built up of this scooter is simple. A seat is fitted over a number of wheels ranging from three to five. There is a resting board on the sides of the scooter for keeping one’s feet. Handles are modified into a steering wheel. The seats are adjustable and can be rotated in sideways for easy accessibility.

The controls

This aid is built in keeping in comfort of a handicap person, thus the steering option plays a very important role in making it a success. The workings of the scooter depend on the steering column and have been devised scientifically.

The stability and handling of the scooters is done by the steering column. The steering column has a joystick placed which helps the driver to move forward or backward and it also controls the speed. Other than the joystick, maneuvering can be done through switches, finger or thumb controls.

Types of mobility scooters

Mobility scooters are of designed for convenience of the handicap individual. They are a better option in travelling than wheelchairs and are classified into two types:

  • Front wheel drive: this type of scooter serves the purpose of travelling or covering shorter distance of place and is best suited for indoor usage/activities. It is light weight in nature and is smaller in size.
  • Rear wheel drive: this type can be used for both indoor and outdoor activities. Its battery backup is better and holds up to a longer distance. One can take their rear wheel drive to the nearby departmental store or for running any nearby errand. It is bigger in size and heavier too.

The weight carrying capacity of a rear wheel drive is more than a front wheel drive although the actual determination of weight carrying capacity lies with the manufacturers who build these vehicles.

Mobility scooters for disabled persons are sort after vehicles in the world. These scooters are legalized scooters which are driven mostly on the pavements and not on the roads. But depending on their classes one can ride them even on the roads or highway. They are classified into two categories:

  • Class II: these are exclusively driven on the pavements and have a speed limit of 4 miles per hour. They do not need any registration nor do they have age limitation.
  • Class III: these scooters can be run on the roads or highways with the maximum speed of 8 miles per hour. But while riding them on footpaths, one has to restrict his speed to 4 miles per hour. A proper registration and age (14 years and above) is needed to drive them.

Better Life Mobility online store offer variety of medical scooters for disabled person. Buy or rent Pride 3 or 4 wheel scooters at this link.

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Todd Dawson Is a freelance writer

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