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Things To Consider When Choosing A Scooter or Powerchair

Choosing the right mobility scooter or power chair can be a timely task, but an important one of course. There are many benefits of using a mobility scooter. This post shares the factors you may want to consider when choosing either a scooter or powerchair, ensuring you find the perfect scooter for you. 

It may be beneficial for you to bear in mind the following areas before choosing which scooter or power chair is best for you. 

Advice

Have you had expert advice from a dealer or Occupational Therapist previously? If so, this will give you a better understanding of the type of qualities you require in your scooter, plus find one tailored for your mobility needs. 

Medical Condition

Do you have an existing medical condition that would prevent you from operating a scooter safely? If so, there may be room to adapt a scooter tailored for your mobility needs. 

Indoors/Outdoors

Do you wish to use a scooter indoors, outdoors, or both? Different wheels may be tailored for different ground surfaces, so determining where you’ll use the scooter most will help make sure the correct equipment is adapted. 

Travel Distance

How far are you likely to travel? Some scooters will travel farther than others, so determining the distance you’re likely to travel will help in making your decision. 

Travel Period

How often are you planning on using the scooter or powerchair? If you’re using one daily, you’ll require a reliable scooter or powerchair.

Transport

  • Do you require the scooter to fit in a vehicle or public transport? If so, what type of vehicle? 
  • Will you need to dismantle the scooter to transport or load it with a hoist?
  • Will you need to travel up hills? If so, does the scooter have sufficient weight capacity and maximum gradient to climb these hills?
  • Does your typical journey require a suspension system?

Controls

  • Are the controls easy for you to use?
  • Do you need extra leg room?

Storage

  • Where will you be storing the scooter?
  • Do you have an electricity point near the storage location?

Cost

  • What is your budget?
  • Would you like insurance for your scooter or powerchair?

To note, there is no legal eyesight requirement to drive mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs. However, you should be able to read a car’s registration number from 12.3 metres (40 feet). 

If you do need a mobility scooter, check out our range here. Alternatively, you can pop into our showroom and test the range we have available. See opening times here. 

Mobility Scooter

Mobility Scooter Training

On June 17th 2022 we will be holding a mobility scooter training session at Ffordd Las Community Centre Rhyl from 2pm

The session will cover things like

  • Highway code
  • Road safety
  • Advice on basic maintenance
  • Advice on buying a new or used scooter
  • Knowing your way around a mobility scooter

And

  • Training on how to use your scooter when out and about

This course is FREE

Places are limited so please call 01745 341967 to book a place

Pride ‘Apex Rapid’ mobility scooter on sale at The Disability Resource Centre

New Pink Scooter In

Bored of drab colours and boring looking scooters then we have the answer...

Stand out from the crowd in this stylish limited edition PINK scooter!! It’s certainly a hit with staff here.

Pride ‘Apex Rapid’ mobility scooter on sale at The Disability Resource Centre for £899.00

Mobility Scooter Safety. Advice from The Disability Resource Centre, North Wales

Tips for mobility scooter safety

These days more and more people are using mobility scooters to regain some freedom and get out and about, go to the shops, hairdresser, doctors or even to go fishing.

As there is no need to pass a driving test here are some safety tips a mobility scooter driver may need to reflect on:
  • Make sure the scooter is the correct one for you and that you are comfortable when using it.
  • Always know where the controls are and what they are used for - the usual ones are ignition, switch forward and reverse brake and indicators (if there are any on your scooter) and lights. The one that lots of people don’t know about (especially if the scooter has been purchased second hand) is the freewheel leaver usually located on the back bumper. Many times people get caught out with this and when the scooter brakes down you see them pushing and puffing to move the scooter not realising that there is a freewheel setting.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing as it may get caught in the wheels of the scooter.  The same applies to dog leads which may get caught in the wheels and it is illegal to walk a dog while driving your scooter.
  • Do not carry passengers as they may cause the scooter to become overloaded and block the drivers vision - it is also illegal to carry a passenger.
  • Be careful when mounting and dismounting a footpath as the scooter can tip over if the footpath is approached incorrectly, if you do not have indicators use hand signals to let other road users know your intention.
  • Plan your journey - consider the time of day, the local terrain and if there are any roadworks or diversions in the area leave yourself plenty of time.
  • Remember pedestrians have the right of way and you cannot do more than 4mph on the pavement or pedestrian areas and you are limited to 8mph on the road. It is always a good idea to avoid roads if it is possible to do so - if you must use the road make sure you are visible to cars and lorries which are considerably bigger than your mobility scooter.
  • Finally get your mobility scooter serviced regularly.
Enjoy your mobility scooter and the freedom it brings.

Contact us if you would like your mobility scooter serviced!

 
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