How Portable are Mobility Vehicles?
If you are a senior citizen or a handicapped individual, you might be considering purchasing a mobility device. Many companies advertise their products as being lightweight and portable, but just how portable are they?
Most people don’t want a device as merely a means to get from point A to point B, these scooters are necessary for those who can’t walk or can no longer walk long distances. Portable models can be a real lifesaver and help seniors and the disabled keep at least some of their independence.
What is the Difference between a Mobility Device and a Power Vehicle?
In short, a power scooter is a perfect answer for those who can still walk a short distance, but don't have the stamina to walk long distances.
Mobility scooters are more powerful and they can reach some high speeds. These are designed for those who can no longer walk and must rely on the mobility scooter to move individuals longer distances.
Most scooters can travel as far as 25 to 45 miles on a single charge. Some of these can be quite heavy, however.
Foldable Lightweight Mobility Units
If you do quite a bit of traveling or if you are taking a cruise around the world, you’ll want to use a mobility device that is more compact and lightweight.Most lightweight models are designed to fold as flat as possible, allowing them to fit in the trunk of a car, or they can go along with your luggage if you are flying.
Of course, for a senior or a disabled person, even a lightweight product can be heavy, with most models weighing between 39 and 72 pounds. Many of the foldable units either come apart or they fold simply by pressing on clips, which hold the scooter together.
Traveling by Plane?
You might wonder just how much airlines would charge to check-in your portable mobility device. In the US, it is illegal to charge anything to transport a mobility unit, regardless of weight.
Generally, many people simply remove the key and take it with them so baggage handlers don’t enjoy a short joy ride, fold as many parts as possible (such as mirrors) and explain that putting the scooter in the neutral position will allow it to roll easily, then place it drive to lock the wheel in place.
Things to Consider
Before purchasing a device, consider your needs and abilities. There are several options when it comes to mobility units, so you should be certain the one you intend to purchase will do what you want.
Some items to consider include:
- What type of terrain will it mainly be used on? Mostly flat, hard surfaces? Grassy or dirt trails?
- Will you need to use it on snowy or muddy roads?
- The maximum speed and the distance you might need the unit to cover?
- Will you feel stable with a 3-wheeled design or would 4-wheels make you feel safer?
Once you have the answers to these questions, you will be in a better position to make an informed decision about your choice of mobility device.
Mobility models are a boon for seniors and the disabled, allowing you to have the independence and flexibility you want, with the convenience of your own personal “car.”