Mobility scooters and buggies are great for enabling you to remain independent, giving you the ability to visit the shops, family and friends whenever you wish.
Points to consider about your Mobility
Your ability to transfer on and off the seat – including walking to the scooter, sitting down and standing up from it again.
- Your tolerance – this is the length of time you can tolerate doing something, for example standing, walking or sitting.
- Your balance – this is your ability to remain steady when standing and when seated, and includes your ability to move your body within the scooter
- Your posture – this is the position in which you hold your body and your ability to change position.
- Your body weight – Our advisors will ensure that your scooter is suitable for you!
Who would a scooter not be appropriate for?
Consider your sight, perception, memory and decision-making ability – good skills in these areas ensure that a scooter would be safe for you.
Choosing the right Scooter for you
Consider where you want your mobility scooter to take you:
- Do you want to use the scooter indoors, outdoors or both?
- How far might you want to travel?
- What is your local area like? Are there wide pavements? Will you have to go up and down curbs?
- Might you need to travel on the road?
- Where will you keep your scooter?
- Is there good access to the storage area?
- Where will you charge the battery?
- Will you want to carry the scooter in a car?
- Who will put the scooter into the car?
Based on your answers to some of these questions, we can guide you in choosing what type of scooter is best for you.
Different Types of Scooters
Class 3 Scooters
Designed to be approved for use on the road, if you require a car replacement then a Class 3 scooter is ideal for you. With selectable speeds of 4mph on pavements and 6.5mph or 8mph when using on the road. The class 3 scooters require registering with the DVLA which we will do for you and also offer 3 months free insurance.
Scooters in this class: Kymco Maxi XLS
Class 2 Scooters
Class 2 Scooters cover most bases for general use and the majority of scooters fall into this class. Specific regulations for class 2 scooters are as follows;
- They can’t be used on the road (except where there isn’t a pavement) and have a maximum speed of 4mph
- You don’t need to register a class 2 scooter.
What should I do next?
Speak to Our Independent Living Store staff who can advise on best requirements, scooter groups in your local area, and ongoing care & support. Locate the store closest to you.
Scooters Advice and Clinical Support