By Arman Panji
Do you need a mobility scooter or planning to buy one? Then you should read the following list of questions regarding mobility scooters. Hope it helps.
Is riding a mobility scooter on public roads allowed by the law?
No it is not. You can ride the scooter on the sidewalks or pathways but not the road. If you need to cross the road like any other pedestrian then you are obviously allowed to go on the road but that’s it.
Are 4 wheels better than 3 wheels?
It depends on your needs. If you need a scooter for outdoor activities a 4 wheeled mobility scooter is preferable but for indoors a 3 wheeled scooter is better since it has better maneuverability and smaller turning radius.
My scooter won’t speed up when going downhill. Is it broken?
Most likely no. It is a safety feature to prevent the rider from going to fast and hurt himself and others. In case you haven’t notice a mobility scooter is an aid for people who could not walk or have trouble walking. If it moves too fast when going downhill and tip over that would certainly be dangerous especially when no one else is around to provide help.
My scooter battery seems to lose charge faster than it should. What to do?
First, check the cables on the battery. Tighten any loose ones in clean them too. Dirty cables might be the main cause for the “battery power loss”. If that doesn’t help check the battery charger. If it’s broken then it would not charge the battery fully. If the charger is still in good condition then you should find a technician to check it out. The battery could be broken and could no hold the power charge.
I have a mobility scooter and i want to buy a car big enough to carry it. Is there any good ones out there?
You can either get a truck or a van. There are many vans big enough to transport mobility scooters and power wheelchairs. Some examples are Chevy Uplander, Ford Windstar, Ford Galaxy, Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Tundra, etc. When you do buy one remember to add a mobility scooter lift/ramp so it would be easier for you to transport it in one piece.
Is insurance for handicap scooters required?
It depends on your local law but an electric mobility scooter is usually not required to have insurance. However it is highly recommended to have one just in case you broke it or it gets stolen or you hit someone/something and need to pay for the damages. Most of the times when bad things happen a simple sorry won’t do and digging your pocket is the only solution. The good thing about having insurance is you won’t have to dig very deep.
Where can i give away my used handicap scooter?
Have you tried searching for someone who need it in your neighborhood? Ask around. You might be surprise that there’s someone around the corner who really need it. If you can’t find any go to your local charity/religious group, retirement homes. And as a final resort you could try sell it on eBay.