Guide on how mobility scooters work.
The mobility scooter in a way is like a motor bike or bicycle, there are handles to steer with, a place to sit and in popular the mobility scooter will re-act like a bicycle.
The tiller is the main upright strut which is used to steer the mobility scooter like a motor bike. The tiller is adaptable moving towards or away from the seat for ease so that the user may more effortlessly steer the mobility scooter.
The main control of the mobility scooter is the key; this will have to be swopped on before the scooter will operate at all.
If you look at the handles of the mobility scooter nearby you will see two teaspoon shaped paddles. These are the levers to make the mobility scooter go forward and backwards, now and again these are called wig-wag paddles operating the levers with your thumbs will make the scooter go backwards and forwards. Note the mobility scooter will beep as you go backwards to warn others of your manoeuvre. (Each of the levers may operate the mobility scooter forwards and backwards, so if you only have the use of one hand this will present no problem).
When you push the lever in just a little you move very slowly, push in more and you go faster. More significantly there is likewise a speed control dial which allows you to dictate the speed you wish to travel at and the paddles can not make the scooter go any rapidly and without delay until you increase the speed on the speed controller. Pavement/Road Switch
On a lot of of the larger models there is a switch which is to reduce the speed as you are only supposed to go at 4mph on the pavements and only switch over to the 6-8mph when on the road.
You make a mobility scooter stop by doing nothing. As soon as you stop pressing the wigwag, the brakes mechanically activate and fetch the scooter to a tame stop. This is called passive braking, and it works even if all the power to the electric scooter is cut off. It is the safest braking scheme possible and will stop the mobility scooter even on a steep hill.
Each scooter will come with a freewheel lever to permit easy rolling of the scooter when there is no power; this helps if you wish to push the scooter into a corner or down a narrow passage. This is in general found at the back of the scooter and ought to be demonstrated by your scooter dealer.
Some people may find it more difficult to transfer to the mobility scooter than into a wheelchair, specially if it has a fixed seat, but there are features which must be looked for:
That the tiller adjusts.
The scooter seat height is adjustable.
Arm rests that may be moved out of the way.
Lights and indicators
Lights are not necessary but at night are a safety feature and a flashing light is necessary if you travel on the road, or a white light at the front and a red on the back.
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