If you're looking at buying your first mobility scooter, then one of the first things you have to think about is size. Typically, you have three options here — you can go for a small, medium or large model.
Each size has its pros and cons, and it can be hard to decide on the right size for your needs if you've never used a scooter before. To get started, ask yourself the following questions.
Where Will You Use the Scooter?
First, think about how you plan on using the scooter. Will you use it in your home and around your garden? Will you simply use it to drive to the shops? Will you need to get it in your car if you're taking longer trips and will use the scooter when you get there?
The places you'll use a scooter influence your choice of machine. If you need to use your scooter indoors, say at home or in shopping malls, then a small machine will perform better. It will be easier to manoeuvre in tight and narrow spaces. Small scooters are also often collapsible which makes them easier to get in and out of cars.
However, if you'll mainly be riding the scooter outdoors, then a larger model may be a better option. You'll get more power, and you may feel more secure on a larger machine on paths and roads.
How Much Will You Use the Scooter?
Some people use mobility scooters regularly. They may drive out to shop, get some air or visit friends every day. Others use their scooters less frequently.
It's important to think about how much you'll use the scooter between charges. If you'll only take short trips every now and then, then you don't need a battery with enormous capacity. Here, a small scooter may be enough for your needs.
However, if you think you'll use your scooter for longer periods, then it may be better to go for a medium or large machine. Bigger sizes often have batteries that can last for longer between charges.
Which Surfaces Will You Drive on?
The surfaces you'll ride your scooter on can affect the type of scooter you choose to buy. For example, if you'll ride on flat and even pavements close to home, then a small scooter will do just fine.
However, if you have some hills and uneven terrain on your regular routes, then a larger scooter will cope better. It will have bigger and more rugged wheels. It'll also have enough power to deal with going uphill when it needs to.
For more advice on finding the right model, contact mobility scooter suppliers.