Mobility Scooter Brands - Days Strider - Drive Medical - Kymco - Pride - Roma - Shoprider - Sterling - Van OS
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There are numerous mobility scooter brands available, however we choose to offer mobility scooters from the ones which we consider to be the best combination of good build quality and value for money. These are:
Days Strider Mobility Scooters
Drive Medical Mobility Scooters
Kymco Mobility Scooters
Pride Mobility Scooters
Roma Medical Mobility Scooters
Shoprider Mobility Scooters
Sterling Sunrise Medical Mobility Scooters
Van OS Medical Mobility Scooters
3 Wheels or 4?
Many manufacturers offer Class II and Class III mobility scooters in both 3 and 4 wheeled versions. The reason 3 wheeled mobility scooters were designed in the first place was to accommodate people who have a problem bending their knees. If you’re 6’2" tall and have difficulty bending your knees, where are you going to fit your feet on a 4 wheeled scooter? You have to bend your knees on a 4 wheeler - even a large one - because there’s a mudguard directly in front of each foot. On a 3 wheeler, of course, you can stretch your legs out on each side of the tiller. If you are comparing 3 wheeled scooters, check that the foot plate is wide enough - (Some manufactures seem to miss the point of a three wheeler entirely!)
4 wheeled mobility scooters are generally perceived as being more stable than 3 wheelers. Much is said about the additional stability of four wheels over three and, whilst this is true to some degree, the difference between the two is not as pronounced as many people imagine. The stability of the scooter is largely determined by the width of the back axle and the mass of the scooter and rider combined. Therefore it is important that the combination of you and your scooter is not top heavy. In other words, if you are a big, heavy person, you need a big, heavy scooter. If you are small and lightweight, you may be able to get away with a smaller machine. The other major factor in a scooter's stabilty is its correct and careful usage. It is possible to tip either a three or a four wheeled machine if you are trying to go up or down deep kerbs at an oblique angle, or riding across an adverse camber.
In recent years hybrid scooters have been introduced with ‘close coupled’ front ends, (two wheels at the front, very close together). In our opinion, this feature has little benefit to the stability of the machine at all.
Class II or Class III?
Mobility scooters are divided into two different classes in the UK by the Department of Transport:
Class II vehicles:
These are generally what we would describe as "pavement shoppers". They are designed to travel on pavements only, at a maximum speed of 4 mph. Whilst this may not sound very fast, it is equivalent to a brisk marching pace. In other words it is faster than most people would normally walk. Class II scooters may, of course, cross the road, but are prohibited from travelling along the road unless a dropped kerb is not available along that particular stretch of road, in this case, they are as entitled to use the road along that stretch as a bicycle would be.
Class II mobility scooters range from small, folding scooters which fit easily into the boot of a car and have a range of perhaps 5 - 8 miles to medium sized machines with a range of 10 - 20 miles. Normally, Class II scooters do not have suspension.
Class III vehicles:
These are generally larger than Class II machines. They are fitted with a switch enabling them to go from 4mph, (for pavement use), to 8mph for use on public roads. They are fitted with front and rear lights, turn signals, (indicators), hazard warning lights and normally feature bigger batteries which give a greater mileage range on a single charge, (typically 20 - 25 miles). Class III mobility scooters generally have independent suspension which gives a soft, comfortable ride. This last feature is especially important to consider if the rider has a spinal ailment, back injury, or osteoporosis.