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Mobility Scooter for the Eldery and Disabled Person

Updated on December 7, 2012

The concept of a mobility scooter is very similar to an electric or motor scooter. They work on the same principle and so they functions almost the same. What make a mobility scooter different are the added power wheelchair features and options that make it an excellent form of transportation for people that faced with mobility challenge.

For that elderly people and those who have permanent disability that hinder their freedom of movement will definitely appreciate and benefit from the aid and convenience of a mobility scooter. Riders of this scooter usually can walk to some extent degree but they definitely have problem with slopes and longer distances.

The mobility scooter was invented by Mr. Alan Thieme in 1958 where he created the front wheel drive scooter to help a family member to regain some of his freedom in movement. Basically, a mobility scooter consist of two rear wheels with a swirling seat above them, a flat platform which to rest the feet and hold the power source, and a steering column with handle bars to steer either with one or two front wheels.

Mobility Scooter
Mobility Scooter

Most of the scooters available in the market today are powered with electricity, which runs by one or two batteries on-board of the scooter. Greater power motor normally runs by two batteries whereas the normal motor uses only one battery. Compare to the normal typed motor, the greater power motor can run faster and overcome slopes more easily. These batteries can be charged with a standard charger that connects to a typical electrical outlet.

The steering column which located at the center of the front scooter is known as the tiller. The tiller is where the rider controls the movement of the scooter through finger controls, a thumb paddle or a switch.

There are two types of mobility scooters: the front wheel drive and the rear wheel drive. The front wheel drive mobility scooter can accommodate a rider of up to 250 lbs and it is more suitable or convenient for indoor use. The rear wheel drive mobility scooter on the other hand, can be used for both indoors and outdoors and it can normally accommodate a rider which weighs up to 350 lbs. For rider that weighs up to 500 lbs, the heavy duty rear wheel drive mobility scooter is used instead.

Mobility Scooter is Definitely a Great Choice

Since scooter usually has automatic braking, coasting is definitely not an option. You need to use the finger, thumb or switch style controls to command all the movements. You will need to gently press and release the controls to gradually change the speed of the scooter. For safety reason, you can always set the maximum speed for the scooter as well.

As long as you have adequate upper body strength, operating a mobility scooter is definitely not a problem for anyone. Besides, the smaller or compact type of mobility scooter can be broken down into parts easily, making them extremely convenient to pack into the trunk of a car when going for an outing with friends and families.

Anyone with systemic or disabling body conditions that is still able to stand and walk a few steps, control the steering tiller and sit in an upright position without torso support will appreciate the assistance of a mobility scooter and the sense of independence it can provide.


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    HandControls 5 years ago from Shenzhen, China

    It looks like you sure know a lot about mobility scooters!