Mobility Scooter FAQs
What is the difference between 3- and 4-wheel scooters?
The extra stability comes at the price of maneuverability. 3-wheel scooters have a much better turn radius and can be used in slightly smaller areas.
If you are using a scooter primarily outdoors, a 4-wheel scooter is recommended. 4-wheel models handle uneven terrain much better.
If you need a scooter for indoor use and are confident with your balance, a 3-wheel scooter will get around much better.
What should I look for in a mobility scooter?
What do I need it for?
If you need a mobility scooter for a specific condition or injury, it’s best to talk to your doctor about options. Different scooters exist for different reasons; your doctor will have the best idea of what type of scooter suits you best.
Where will I be using it?
There are countless models of mobility scooters available, many built with specific uses in mind. If you are going to use a mobility scooter for longer-distance shopping (say to a downtown area near your home), you’ll want to look at larger, more power scooters.
How often will I need it?
Many scooters today have different battery options. If you are going to use a mobility scooter for large chunks of your day, you’ll want to look at large batteries. You’ll also want to look at seating if you intended to use your scooter a lot. Find a seat that feels good and has some extra cushioning.
Do I need to transport the scooter anywhere?
If you know you’ll take the scooter with you when you to the store or out to dinner, for examples, you’ll want to look at scooter weights and sizes. Mobility scooters can be very easy to travel with, but you’ll need a lightweight scooter and someone to lift it in and out of the car. For larger mobility scooters, van modifications exist that can help automatically load and unload your scooter.
Do I need to perform maintenance on my scooter?
For daily or weekly maintenance, be sure to keep your scooter clean. More importantly: don’t forget to charge your scooter! Every manufacturer has different recommendations for charge times, so check your scooter manually or call the retailer you purchased your scooter from.