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Mobility scooters vary widely in size, design, features and price, each of them designed to meet different needs. If you are considering buying a mobility scooter, it is important to make sure you explore various factors to ensure that the model you choose will suit your needs.

Pride Pathrider 140XL Mobility Scooter

Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself in order to better identify your needs:

  • Where will you be using your mobility device most often – indoors or outdoors?
  • If it is outdoors – how far do you need to travel? Does the device have the power, range and stability to take you where you want to go?
  • What surfaces will you be travelling over? If you are likely to be using it over varying terrain, make sure the device has the suspension and stability that you need.
  • Is a 3-wheeler or 4-wheeler more suited to your needs?
  • Will you be using public transport? If you are, you need a device that can be easily folded and carried on and off the bus or train.
  • Is the device large/wide enough for you to fit into comfortably without being cramped? Does it have enough leg room?
  • Do you feel safe and comfortable in the seat? Can the seat and tiller be adjusted to the most comfortable position for you?
  • Is the device easy to operate with your mobility limitations?
  • Can you reach and use the controls easily? If you have limitations with using your hands, it is crucial to pay particular attention to where the controls are located and how they are to be used. Different designs are better suited to different abilities.

Before buying a mobility scooter you need to be sure that you are able to operate it safely. The answers to the above few questions will help ensure that the device you choose is safe, comfortable and easy to use within your specific mobility restrictions.

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