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Mobility scooter checklist

What do you need to look for when getting a mobility scooter?
Here's a checklist which you can print or use on your mobile phone when you're looking at scooters.

Before you start looking, ask yourself:

  • Where do you want your scooter to go? On the road? On the pavement? Inside shops?
  • Do you want it to fit in your car boot? Or on public transport?
  • How much space have you got to store it? And charge it?
  • How much do you want to pay, and how will you fund it?
  • Have you had any expert advice, eg from an OT?
  • Do you know where you can try out scooters before buying?

When trying out a mobility scooter, ask yourself:

  • Can you sit comfortably in the seat and reach all the controls?
  • Is there enough space for your legs?
  • Can you do all of the following things with the controls?
       - Reach and grip the tiller to steer
       - Recognise and understand all the controls
       - Use buttons, switches and dials without pain or discomfort
       - Read the speedometer (if there is one)
       - Read the battery measure
  • Can you adjust the position of the tiller and the seat, on your own if necessary?
  • Can you slow down, stop, turn and reverse confidently?
  • Can you steer around obstacles?
  • Do you feel stable driving on a flat surface, and on slopes if necessary?

Last updated: November 2015

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