- #727947NewryMemberMember since: June 29, 2006
Replies: 23Newry November 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm
I live about 4 km from the shops. My mobility is getting more and more restricted. At present I drive but my vision is bad in bright sunlight. I would like to know the pros and cons of a Mobility Scooter#727949willdoMemberMember since: June 2, 2011
Replies: 11willdo November 29, 2011 at 9:40 am
You will find mobility scooters are really very good in the streets around the shops, in malls etc. and really come into their own round big stores (like Bunnings etc). – do use discretion about driving into small shops.
There are great claims by some manufacturers (like 40 Km range) – but all that depends on the condition and capacity (amp hours) of your batteries, – (30 – 40 amp hours being average). Motor condition, terrain,hills on the road etc. also come into it and I would say that your 8 – 10Km round trip would be an average safe trip to undertake.
Footpaths can be sometimes very rough and have driveways sloping down to the roads and care should be taken when crossing steep slopes (good to lean towards the high side).
Some models (which tend to be the dearer models) have suspension, but the ones with no real suspension are ok. so long as you don’t have any severe spinal troubles.
Best to cross the road where traffic light crossings are available, or cross just before roundabouts on the pedestrian crossings where you can stop in the middle.
When crossing at uncontrollrd parts of the road, after checking and being sure that nothing is coming, go for it on high speed – don’t hang around as cars can come up quite fast! – DO NOT try to cross on fast sections of the road!
After a little bit of practice and you get used to it all then it becomes a breeze.
Batteries do need to be looked after however and will last a lot of years,- so long as they are kept fully charged, (but not overcharged, by using an unsuitable charger) always charge them as soon as you get back from a trip.
Sealed AGM (acid glass mat) type batteries tend to be most robust.
Scooters are great for someone who can’t get around the shops etc, – you can buy them from a few hundred dollars (but you should make sure the batteries are good – get someone to test them for you, – new batteries cost a minimum of about $230 – and you need two of them!) so check that out!
You could of course spend thousands for a "Rolls Royce" model, but remember it’s still only a mobility aid and really only needs to do its job!
The only real down side is the rain in winter.
Good luck.#727951NewryMemberMember since: June 29, 2006
Replies: 23Newry December 3, 2011 at 6:19 am
Thank you for your reply.#727953AnonymousMember since:
Replies: 2Anonymous December 6, 2011 at 5:38 am
I couldn’t manage living alone without my mobility scooter. I don’t drive, and can’t carry my shopping home any other way. I don’t know anything technical, I just know how to ride it, how to park it, and how to charge the batteries. There is no bus service where I live, and no hills either, so the scooter is my ideal form of transport.
Happy Scooting!#727955nortyboiMemberMember since: March 25, 2010
Replies: 2nortyboi December 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm
I used a mobility scooter for the 1st time while on holiday in Australia, and boy, what a difference it made. I could leave our unit. I can walk a bit but not far. When we got home I started making enquireies about buying one. Second hand ones were from about $600 up. That was a bit dear for me, however in the end I got a good one for just under $400. It was in perfect condition and I am very please with it. I can go into town now without having to rely on anyone. Like any machinery, treat with care, and take your time until you are used to it. Trademe is a good place to look for one. Look under home and health-mobility aids. Dealers have second hand ones from time to time, but of course they are dearer. Good luck in your search and Im sure youll be glad you bought one!!!#727957JustmeMemberMember since: July 10, 2006
Replies: 259Justme December 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm
People in our area complain about the state of the footpaths and roadcrossings in the area. People who have driven a car seem to have more confidence than those who don’t. I am still walking and using the bus and train and hubby will take me in the car if required. Good luck to those who have scooters. 😛#727959nanahMemberMember since: May 17, 2011
Replies: 63nanah December 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm
go get a mobility scooter and enjoy. Keep a smile on your face and you will meet lots of new people. I love mine. Had it for a year now and have been accused of speeding!!!!! but i get lote of smiles and hullos. tyake care on rough bits as i have almost done two hand stands or should i say back wheel stands!! dont even notice power for charging battery. ENJOY#727961willdoMemberMember since: June 2, 2011
Replies: 11willdo January 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm
Just to add to what I said up at the beginning, –
One day I was driving down the footpath minding my own business when a group of “hoons”, – you know the type, just got their licence, maybe just left school, suddenly had become ‘real men’. The front seat passenger opened the door, I got every swear word in the book directed at me then the door slammed and the car took off at a great rate of knots.
Just last week, the same thing happened, – a white van with two 17 year old (give or take) heroes again abused me for no real reason – just because they wanted to assure themselves of their “manhood” I guess, all they proved was the depth of their insecurity.
Nevertheless, these guys don’t faze me at all and it’s quite a laugh really, I just say to myself, 10 years ago they wouldn’t have said that and got away with it!
Scooters are great and a very large part of the car driving (and pedestrian)population greet me with a smile and go the extra mile to ease my way across the road etc.
Very happy on my scooter.:D#1536176joybelMemberMember since: November 2, 2006
Replies: 33302joybel April 18, 2016 at 8:26 am
There are certainly various types of mobility scooters out there. Some are very big but then so are the owners. when I use mine I try to be invisible, but know it is not possible. I only use it to go to the Library or the doctors and maybe for a quick purchase. I endeavour to keep left at the Mall but nobody else seems to as they stand in groups chatting and pump their IPhones endlessly while strolling.
The footpaths here are not very level and crossing the road can be worrying as the drop from pavement to road around Linwood can be hazardous. I would rather have my scooter that a walking frame any day, although the exercise from walking, or should that be crawling, is what the experts would rather see us doing as it helps with balance and ability to get up from a chair. I admire the ones who manage to walk unaided though with difficulty. However we move, it is better than looking at four walls, any day. 🙂
Joybel#1536201GigglebyteMemberMember since: May 28, 2009
Replies: 3708Gigglebyte April 18, 2016 at 11:02 am
Don’t forget that the ramps on the trains are there and ideal for those of you on mobility scooters. Was on a train a couple of days ago and noticed a a lady on a mobility scooter getting on to the train easily although she was a little nervous about it. The guard politely guided her on .I say, good on her for getting out and about on her mobility scooter .
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