Disability due to age, disease or accident can no longer
stop your day-to-day activities as mobility scooters have enriched the life
immeasurably. Depending upon disability problem, some face temporary halt while
for others it is a permanent stopgap.
Traditional wheelchairs were manual in nature and powered via wheel rims. These
were replaced with electric wheelchairs that use rechargeable batteries.
Mobility scooter possesses design of scooter and functions of wheelchair which
are further classified under class 2 and 3. The former works well on
on-pavement mode with a maximum speed of 4 mph. This helps a person to move
around the pavement easily. The Class 3 device travel better on road and
possess double the speed when compared to Class 2 i.e. with maximum speed of 8
mph. The Class 3 device can be made to run on pavement by adjusting speed limit
to 4 mph. Front and rear lights, traffic indicators, rear view mirrors and a
horn are essential equipments.
can be further
selected on basis of 3 or 4 wheeled types. The difference between the both is
that 3 wheeled scooters are more maneuverable and they are handy for users with
long legs and feet as they have more leg space.
After selecting the mobility device, user must consider the model. This is
decided on the basis of usage and purpose like some users look for extended
headrest for better support. Apart from this, cost is other factor which is
considered before buying it. These scooters have added freedom to the movement
of discerned people. They have provided freedom to enjoy traveling, shopping,
visiting friends, etc, independently like other population. Moreover, depending
upon disability, the user can use a battery- operated scooter inside shopping
mall or in an airport. Pedestrian mobility device is considered as appropriate
option for carrying out traveling on sidewalks, and streets. The wheelchair is
well suited for people who remain in such devices for most of the day, while
scooter gives attractive appearance.
Lastly, before buying it, always try and match the size and weight of users.
Give a try to number of scooters until user gets comfortable option.
Jim Smith is a freelance writer who writes on mobility products and senior mobility
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