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Types of Mobility Scooters

Compact Travel Mobility Scooters

People looking for mobility vehicles that allow them to easily travel around on public or private transportation will find a huge array of specifically designed practical models in the mobility scooter field.

The mobility scooter range offers easy to disassemble scooters (each part a lightweight unit), foldable scooters that shrink into really compact and handy shapes and even auto-folding models that rapidly fold for you with the touch of a key fob.

The materials used in these scooters are specifically picked with easy travel in mind - expect to see aluminium frames and lightweight lithium-ion batteries keeping things nice and practical.

Whether you want to pop your scooter in a vehicle trunk or fly in in comfort and ease, check out the excellent range of travel mobility scooters now available in abundance out there.

One disadvantage of travel mobility scooters is that they sacrifice comfort for the sake of easy transportation. So you won't see deluxe or captain seats on travel scooters.

If you plan on being on your mobility scooter for extended periods of time, and won’t need to disassemble or fold your scooter, it’s best to look for a mid or full-size mobility scooter, which we’ll discuss soon.

Mid-size Mobility Scooters

Mid sized mobility scooters are designed for use both indoors and outdoors. Larger wheel size makes them suitable for use outdoors, but their maneuverability also allows them to be used indoors in stores, malls, restaurants, and coffee shops.
Some mid-size scooters are actually transportable too. Though it would would be difficult to find a foldable mid-wheel mobility scooter, many diss-assemble into a few lightweight pieces that can easily be placed in a car trunk.

A wide range of prices and options, including full suspension, headlights, turn signals, and power seats are available - the mid-size scooter tries to get the best of both worlds. 

Full-size Mobility Scooters

Full-size scooters are designed not only to offer indoor independence in larger homes and spaces like shopping centers, but also to maximize outdoor independence.

Models range from 4 mph, 3-wheel scooters with 20-mile battery ranges, all the way up to 10 mph, 4-wheel scooters with 30-mile battery ranges. Weight capacities range from 300 to 500 lbs (135-225 kg).

You would look into this range if have a large home and want to use your scooter inside your home and on paved areas in town, but would also like a high speed scooter that has a good range per battery charge.

All-Terrain Mobility Scooters/Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters
Say you need to get around unpaved areas - a farm, golf course or gravel paths. You’ll need a class of scooters designed for operating in more rugged environments.

The main factor separating heavy duty from standard mobility scooters is the ground clearance of the vehicle. Ground clearance means the amount of space between the ground and any part of the mobility scooter (apart from the wheels!).

The higher the ground clearance, the more the scooter can pass over large obstacles rather than being impeded them. The wheels and undercarriage are also reinforced to cope with the strains these types scooters often face. So for trail and off-road use, heavy duty scooters are ideal.

Heavy-duty power mobility scooters will have larger air-filled tires, often with special no-puncture technologies, ensuring that sharp objects like gravel doesn’t kill your tyres.

These mobility scooters often come in luxury models with weight capacities up to 500 pound (225 kg), very large battery ranges, and many other technological and comfort features.
The more deluxe models obviously come at higher price, but you can find models with awesome capabilities at reasonable prices too.


All-Terrain Mobility Scooters/Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters

Say you need to get around unpaved areas - a farm, golf course or gravel paths. You’ll need a class of scooters designed for operating in more rugged environments.

The main factor separating heavy duty from standard mobility scooters is the ground clearance of the vehicle. Ground clearance means the amount of space between the ground and any part of the mobility scooter (apart from the wheels!).

The higher the ground clearance, the more the scooter can pass over large obstacles rather than being impeded them. The wheels and undercarriage are also reinforced to cope with the strains these types scooters often face. So for trail and off-road use, heavy duty scooters are ideal.

Heavy-duty power mobility scooters will have larger air-filled tires, often with special no-puncture technologies, ensuring that sharp objects like gravel doesn’t kill your tyres.

These mobility scooters often come in luxury models with weight capacities up to 500 pound (225 kg), very large battery ranges, and many other technological and comfort features.
The more deluxe models obviously come at higher price, but you can find models with awesome capabilities at reasonable prices too.

3-Wheel and 4-Wheel Scooters

No informative piece on mobility scooters could be complete without mention of probably the most common question of them all: Should I get a three-wheeled or four-wheeled scooter?

Let's explore some the advantages and disadvantages of three and four-wheeled scooters.

3-Wheeled Scooters
The main advantage of three-wheeled scooters is maneuverability. Three-wheelers will always have a sharper turning radius than their four-wheeled counterparts, meaning they can turn extremely sharp corners in a significantly better way than scooters with four wheels.

If you're looking at a transportable model, 3-wheelers score higher here too. In the case of folding scooters, you’ll get one that folds into a more compact shape and if you choose a scooter that disassembles, it’ll feature lighter disassembled pieces.

Although designed to be 100% safe and stable, 3-wheeled scooters rank lower in overall stability than 4-wheelers. The simple fact remains that having four wheels, one at each corner of the vehicle, ensures extra stability and largely minimizes any risk of the scooter toppling over in adverse circumstances.

Tall people or those who like a large, comfortable foot-rest area also prefer 4-wheelers - the foot space offered by 3-wheeled scooters is usually less generous as the scooter deck narrows towards the single wheel in front.

4-Wheeled Scooters
Four-wheelers are for people who want maximum assurance in stability. With a wheel at each corner, 4-wheelers are far less likely than 3-wheelers to tip or topple over, even in unexpected risky situations.

The leg and foot room a 4-wheeler gives you is more accommodating and comfortable than what a 3-wheeler provides, given that 4-wheeled scooters don’t narrow at the front end - as three-wheelers do. With four wheels, the width basically stays the same for the entire length of the scooter, giving you a nice space for your feet -which is especially important to taller or larger users.

This article deals with scooter types. For wheelchairs and power chairs see HERE 


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