A mobility scooter is similar to the scooter or motor scooter in function and construction. However, additional power wheelchair type features and options make mobility scooters a good sort of transportation for anyone who has good arm strength and upper body balance but needs occasional assistance.
Elderly people, and people who have progressive conditions that challenge their skill to walk, appreciate and benefit from the aid and simplicity of a mobility scooter. Users of those mobility scooter can normally walk to some extent, but have greater difficulty with slopes and longer distances.
The initial power wheelchair was created toward the end of the decade by way of Mr. Alan Thieme in Bridgeport, Michigan. Mr. Thieme created this front wheel drive scooter to help you a family member with multiple sclerosis regain a few of their independent mobility.
Most of the components of a power wheelchair today are two rear wheels which includes a seat above them, a blown area upon which that will put the feet wich also holds the seat and power source, and a steering column with handlebars to steer either one or two front wheels. There are gasoline powered mobility scooters, though the a large number of those manufactured are electric. The longer popular electric mobility scooter runs with one or two batteries onboard the scooter. If you feel you need more power to surmount steep hills and slopes, you may be better served with two batteries which will deliver more power than one. These batteries are charged by using a standard charger that connects to some typical electrical socket.
The steering column, located centrally at the front of the scooter, is named the tiller. The tiller controls forward, reverse and speed controls with finger controls, a thumb paddle or possibly a switch. Mobility scooters are bought in front wheel drive or rear wheel drive. In general, front wheel drive mobility scooters will accommodate a rider as much as 250 lbs. and they are handier for indoor use due to smaller size. Rear wheel drive mobility scooters can be used indoors and outdoors and shall accommodate a weight of as much as 350 lbs. There also exist hard rear wheel drive mobility scooters, which differs from the regular rear wheel drive mobility scooters for the reason that it can accommodate riders as many as 500 lbs.
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