What Are Handicap Scooters and Recreational Scooters
Posted by Susan T. on Jan 23rd 2023
A mobility impairment can affect a person’s ability to do everyday tasks such as preparing meals, bathing, and grooming. If you have an orthopedic or neuromuscular impairment that impacts your mobility, opt for a handicap scooter or recreational scooter. Handicap scooters and recreational scooters are mobility devices designed to help people with mobility impairments keep their independence.
Handicap scooters are the perfect choice for people who experience difficulty getting around but still have limited mobility and experience sensation in their lower body. Handicap scooters have three or more wheels, footplates/floorboards, and handlebars. In addition, a handicap scooter may have swivel seats designed to help reduce strain on the user’s back, hips, and knees.
Most handicap scooters are battery-powered. Different controls such as forward & reverse, turn signal housing, lighting controls, and speed controller are generally located on the tiller. Many handicap scooters come with an adjustable tiller that can be dropped down for easy transportation.
Depending on the model, a handicap scooter can have finger controls, a switch, or thumb paddles that the user can use to go forward and reverse. Handicap scooters can be broadly classified into two categories – front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.
Front-wheel drive units are usually smaller than their rear-wheel counterparts. They are less prone to problems caused by uneven weight distribution. As a result, front-wheel drives are more maneuverable and they are designed for indoor use.
As the name implies, the motor of a rear-wheel drive is located on its rear wheel. Rear-wheel drives are less prone to understeer. Balanced weight distribution means better grip when going uphill. The rear brake of rear-wheel drives is more responsive than front-wheel drives when going downhill. Their design helps make tight turns safely and swiftly.
Some other types of handicap scooters include – three-wheel scooters, four-wheel scooters, folding scooters, and heavy-duty scooters.
➢Three-wheel Scooters: A three-wheel scooter has a tight turning radius, allowing you to maneuver in tight spaces.
➢Four-wheel Scooters:They are more stable than their three-wheel counterparts. They have a longer range and can support more weight than three-wheel scooters.
➢Folding or Travel Scooters: As the name implies, these scooters fold in easy steps and can be transported easily.
➢Heavy-duty Scooters: These highly durable scooterscan support more than 600 pounds.
As the name suggests, a recreational scooter is specifically designed for recreational use. Recreational scooters have a higher top speed, bigger battery, and longer range than traditional mobility scooters. Their higher ground clearance makes them ideal for outdoor use. They have three or four wheels.
Mobility Masters offers a range of mobility scooters and recreational scooters. Our feature-loaded products make life easier for people with a mobility impairment. Have questions about a mobility device? Call (800) 936-7006.