Electric Mobility Scooters And What To Look For
Electric mobility scooters are designed to assist those who have physical
conditions that make walking difficult enjoy the sense of independence
and freedom that comes from mobility. When selecting the appropriate make
and model of an electric scooter the individual rider’s overall physical
condition and personal preferences need to be considered in relation to
the basic construction of the scooter.
The basic construction should combine a backrest, seat and foot support
to provide a comfortable and stable seating base. This enables riders to
expend their energy on the essential activities, such as operating the
vehicle and accomplishing tasks from within the mobility scooter rather
than wasting effort trying to maintain a comfortable, upright position.
The seat unit should have an anatomically contoured seat base and
backrest and be wide enough to accommodate outdoor clothing if necessary.
However, it should not be so wide that the user is forced to sit
asymmetrically to feel properly supported. If the seat is too narrow it
will become uncomfortable and increase the risk of pressure sores.
Try to choose an electric mobility scooter that has a seat and backrest
which can be adjusted to meet individual comfort levels. Additionally, a
seat with fold up armrests adds to the comfort of the rider, make
transferring on and off the seat easier and will reduce the amount of
physical strain on the upper body. A stable seating posture is essential
in order to manage the vehicle’s controls which are located on the
tiller, or steering column and handlebars.
The tiller is the control and steering mechanism for the mobility scooter
and has the controls to drive the scooter forward or in reverse, as well
as steering the front wheels. Some tillers feature height and angle
adjustability to ensure that the rider can comfortably reach the tiller
and therefore has maximum control over the scooter. A console, centrally
located on the tiller, has the supplementary controls for lights,
indicators, horn and to power the unit on and off. Two hands are
typically required to manage the tiller steering component of an electric
mobility scooter. Some models can be controlled by only one hand if the
model is equipped with one level for acceleration that switches for
forward and reverse mode, however operating supplementary controls at the
same time as steering can be difficult.
If the intended rider is interested in an electric mobility scooter that
will travel as well as provide travel you will want to investigate
transportable electric mobility scooters. Transportable mobility scooters
can be dismantled for transport and storage. On larger scooters or those
intended for rugged outdoor use, you may want to check the weight of the
largest individual piece in order to be properly prepared to disassemble
as individual components can still be quite heavy. Although a convenient
feature, when you consider transporting a mobility scooter you will have
to keep in mind that transporting the scooter will require it to be
broken down before the next destination, assembled upon arrival,
disassembled upon return and once again assembled for use at home. This
may not seem very convenient, but when it comes to being able to join
family and friends on a special outing or having to choose to not
participate due to physical limitations, the break down and set up of the
mobility scooter is a more than worthwhile small chore in comparison to
the benefits it brings to the rider and their ability to interact
independently with family and friends.