What is a Mobility Scooter?
A Mobility Scooter is a small vehicle that looks like a short motorbike or a chair. It has one or two wheels at the front, and two wheels at the back. They are used for disabled people who have problems walking long distances because of their illness, injury or age. What makes these scooters different from other vehicles is that they can not travel more than 8 miles per hour
Mobility scooters are often used on pavements, but some people use them on cycle paths and road carriageways too. The riders of these scooters have to follow the same laws as if they were cycling a bike. This means they must wear a helmet, use lights at dusk, don’t have to have a licence, but they must follow the Highway Code.
A Mobility Scooter has two different types of engine: an electric starter, and a petrol/diesel engine. In order for it to start, the power button on the controller has to be pressed. This then powers up the motor that turns on the electric starter. Once the engine is started, it can be switched to run on either petrol or electricity.
The scooter has an accelerator which means that when this is pressed, there are electric motors inside the scooter which are responsible for sending power to the wheels. There are also two brake pedals; one for each wheel. The front wheels of the scooter are smaller than the back wheels because it needs to be able to turn corners easily. There is also a horn on the handlebars, which can be pressed in order for people to hear it.
The front of the scooter is called the bonnet, and this is where all of the electrical parts are kept. When you want to check the speed at which you are travelling, there is a small digital screen on the handlebars which shows how much battery is left, and how fast you are going.
This vehicle usually has room for one person to sit in it, but some models can have two seats. The driver of the scooter sits in front in two seaters but most have room for one person to sit in it, There is a basket either under the seat or on the front of the scooter, and it can be used for carrying shopping or other items.
The main benefit to using a Mobility Scooter is that it gives people who have difficulty walking the chance to travel longer distances than they would usually be able to walk. This means that people can visit shops, tourist attractions and visit friends without the need to depend on others for help. This also means that people can travel to areas where there are no wheelchair-accessible ramps or lifts, but they will still be able to get around easily.
Mobility Scooters are useful because they reduce strain on people’s arms when taking them places. They also help to support people’s bodies, so they can stand up for a longer period of time.