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Mobility Scooter Facts

At Discount Mobility we try to make the purchase of any new mobility scooter as easy as possable, so we have put together a few mobility scooter facts together from questions we get asked on a daily basis from our mobility scooter customers.

Envoy 4 Mobility Scooter

Envoy 4 Pavement Mobility Scooter.

Are mobility scooters allowed on the pavement

Manual wheelchairs and Class 2 vehicles are those with an upper speed limit of 4 mph (6 km/h) and are designed to be used on pavements. Class 3 vehicles are those with an upper speed limit of 8 mph (12 km/h) and are equipped to be used on the road as well as the pavement.

Do you need a Licence for a mobility scooter

You do not need a licence to drive mobility scooters or powered wheelchair, but you may have to register it. … Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come in 2 categories: ‘class 2 invalid carriages’ – these cannot be used on the road (except where there is not a pavement) and have a maximum speed of 4mph.

What is a Class 3 mobility scooter

Class 3 mobility scooters (6-8mph) are intended for both road and pavement use. They are able to reach speeds of up to 8mph; however they must not exceed 4mph when ridden on pavements. Class 3 scooters must be registered with the DVLA.

Mobility Scooter

Class 3 Mobility Scooter

How long do mobility scooters last

In a ‘light’ mobility application such as using your scooter once or twice a week the battery can deliver up to four to five years lifespan, in a ‘heavier’ application such as using your scooter daily on long journeys, the lifespan could be between three to four years.

Are mobility scooters allowed on main roads

Mobility scooters are allowed on the road in the UK if they meet certain requirements. … A road legal mobility scooter is referred to by the DVLA as a ‘Class 3 invalid carriage‘. Capabilities of a class 3 scooter are characterised as follows; A maximum device speed of 6.4kph (4mph) off the road

Do I need to register my mobility scooter with DVLA

There is a legal requirement to register a scooter with the DVLA, but it only applies to Class 3 scooters (those that can do more than 4mph and have lights) for road use. A Class 3 scooter that is registered with the DVLA will have a tax disc issued to display for road use.

How far can you travel on a mobility scooter

In general, mid-range mobility scooters can travel up to 4mph. Thanks to increased battery power, they can deliver a distance range of 15 to 25 miles on a single charge (depending on which model you choose, and the battery it’s fitted with)

Are mobility scooters street legal

On the road legal mobility scooters, there is usually a switch which lowers the maximum speed from 8mph to 4mph, which then allows the scooter to be used legally on a pavement. … Class 3, 8mph mobility scooters are road legal, and so can travel on the highway.

Cabin Car Class 3 mobility scooterCabin Car MKII Class 3 Mobility Scooter

If you are unsure about owning a mobility scooter give team at Discount Mobility a phone call on 01245 905144 with your qustions.

Mobility Scooter Review Guide

Best Mobility Scooter Reviews: Buying Guide and Recommendations

Whether you are buying a Mobility Scooter for yourself or a family member, Discount Mobility have reviewed 3 great options available in today’s mobility scooter market.

Number 1. Our Discount Mobility Top Pick: The Sterling Sapphire 2 Mobility Scooter has been around for a few years now and is not only ideal for everyday use, but it’s perfect for riding on UK pavements. It’s got all the usual frills you expect in a high end scooter and some that might not have even expected.

Sterling Sapphire 2 Mobility Scooter

Sterling Sapphire 2 Mobility Scooter

With its lofty, adjustable and heavily cushioned chair you spread your legs thanks to the ample legroom. And at 19 miles range on the battery and an on board charger, this just might be the only form of local transportation you will ever need.

Number 2. The Drive Medical Envoy 4 Mobility Scooter looks a bit bigger in size and is not classed as a portable scooter but it makes up for it with its powerful battery and extra-long range.
With its 30-mile range is enough for a dozen or more trips within your neighbourhood. You could use it for a week on local trips without needing to recharge it.

Envoy 4 Mobility Scooter

Envoy 4 Mobility Scooter

Where this scooter wins out over all others is luxury comfort. A large Bosun style seat with comfy padding, a suspension system and an adjustable tiller make for the smoothest ride ever. The downsides of this mobility scooter are a couple. One, it is not portable and you cannot travel with it. Two, the battery is non-removable and will require on-board charging only.

Number 3. The Kymco Mini Comfort Mobility Scooter is a real pleasure to ride. Evolved from the earlier top selling Kymco Mini LS Mobility Scooter, the Comfort is equipped with all round fully functioning all round suspension system. Rarely seen on a lightweight transportable mobility scooter, the improvement in ride quality is noticeable as soon as you set off. Incredibly, Kymco have used their automotive engineering skill to ensure that the addition of the suspension system has not added any weight to the scooter at all.

Kymco Mini Comfort Mobility Scooter

Kymco Mini Comfort Mobility Scooter

Supplied with 22AH batteries that can be charged on or off board it allows you to travel up to 16 miles on for charge.
The Kymco Mini Comfort is a travel mobility scooter that can be dismantled without tools into 5 lightweight parts that allow you to store and transport the scooter in the boot of a small car. All this makes it your ideal companion for independence.

For more details and full specifictions on all types of Mobility Scooters visit Discount Mobility

Mobility scooters; some top tips for first time buyers.

If it’s your first time purchasing a Mobility Scooter for yourself or a loved one, it can be a daunting task. A mobility scooter will likely be a major element in maintaining independence, so it’s essential to make the right choice when buying one.

We urge you to purchase a scooter from a showroom. The staff will be experts in mobility, and will know each model for sale in detail. It can be tempting to purchase a cheap scooter online, but you won’t receive the expert advice, peace of mind, and may even end up driving away with an absolute disaster.
Before you get buying, there are a few main things you’ll have to consider;
•    Your budget- a good-quality scooter will cost somewhere between a few hundred and a thousand pounds. As tempting as it may be, never purchase a ‘bargain’ scooter from an online site such as EBay; there’s likely to be a reason as to why it’s so cheap.

•    Your body weight and size- one of the many reasons why it’s best to test drive a scooter before you purchase it. Many smaller, lighter, and more portable options will have a fairly low weight capacity (think 15-20 stone). If you’re too heavy for your scooter, it’s very likely that it will become unstable. It’s also worth bearing in mind that purchasing a scooter with a recommended weight capacity of lower than your actual weight will invalidate the warranty on the scooter.

•    The types of journeys you’re likely to make- mobility scooters tend to be one of three types; Class 2, Class 3, or a boot scooter. Class 2 scooters are much more suited for shorter journeys, whilst Class 3 scooters are much hardier, and can also be used on the road. Boot scooters are the most portable of the three, and will most likely be fold-able.  If you’re only planning on using your scooter for regular, short journeys (visiting the shops, for example), a Class 2 scooter will be the most suitable for you. If you live in a hilly area, or if you plan to make much longer journeys, a Class 3 will suit you best. If you’re being accompanied on a day out by friends or family who drive, a boot scooter may be best.

•    Storage- portable scooters, and some smaller models, can be dismantled or folded, and will be ideal for those with a smaller living space. However, folding/dismantling the scooter after each use can prove to be inconvenient. Larger scooters will obviously require more room- ensure you have somewhere dry and secure like a garage or shed if you don’t have room in your home. For a much more convenient option, the battery of some scooters can be removed for charging. Don’t forget to take into account the width of the doors in your home or if you need to install ramps anywhere- many larger models may not fit through a regular-sized door when brought inside, and ramps are essential for storing your scooter with as little fuss as possible.
Always try your utmost to give the scooter of your choice a test drive before purchasing, or at least view it in person first- a seemingly-perfect looking scooter could be an absolute nightmare to drive.
Wherever you choose to purchase your scooter from, there’ll be a mobility expert on hand. They’ll help you learn how to drive your vehicle, will advise you on any maintenance the scooter may require, and may even accompany you on several trips to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable.
For more information and advice on purchasing your first Mobility Scooter, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.

Buying a new road mobility scooter

Do you need help with buying road mobility scooters? At Discount Mobility, we can cater for you no matter what your needs are thanks to our exceptional, diverse range of first-class mobility scooters. We offer a vast amount of 6-8mph road mobility scooters, so why not get in touch with us today if you need to travel long distances or require something that will be suitable for rugged surfaces? We can discuss your needs and requirements in depth so you can easily identify the right scooter for your needs.

Kymco Road Mobility Scooter

The Kymco Super 8 Road Mobility Scooter is a very compact 8 mph road mobility scooter

6-8mph scooters can be driven on roads as long as they have indicators, headlights, rear view mirrors, brakes, horns and rear reflectors. They are known as Class 3 Road Mobility Scooters. These scooters are usually larger than 4mph scooters. You can travel over longer distances with these scooters and go over more challenging ground. They are slightly more difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces but could give you the freedom and independence you need to travel further afield.

The Roma Shoprider Perrero scooters are amongst the most popular vehicles in our catalogue. It is ideal for anyone seeking a compact road mobility scooter and various features. It can reach speeds of 6mph and can go through most standard shop doorways easily. It has a height-adjustable captain’s seat which slides backwards and forwards, enabling you to enjoy maximum legroom and the best seating position possible. You can get on and off the scooter with ease thanks to the seat’s swivelling function. As always, if you have any queries about this vehicle, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Also popular is the Pride Mobility Colt Deluxe 6mph mobility scooter. This mid-range scooter sits harmoniously between our exceptional range of Pride 4 scooters and the more powerful 8mph scooters in our catalogue. You can travel for up to 20mph on a single charge on this scooter, which shares many of the features found with bigger scooters whilst offering compact dimensions. The scooter can be dismantled with ease, whilst a smooth and comfortable journey is always possible thanks to the suspension and fully-adjustable captain’s seat.

Remember, all our road mobility scooters come with batteries and a charger alongside free delivery and a 12 month parts and labour warranty and three months of free insurance. At Discount Mobility, we’re passionate about providing our valued customers with first-class mobility aid products. We offer some of the best prices on the market and welcome you to get in touch whenever you have any questions about the products in our catalogue, whether you’re looking for a mobility scooter, rise and recline chair, practical walking aid or wheelchair. Why wait any longer to drop us a line today to learn more about the products on offer at Discount Mobility?

New Vs Used Mobility Scooters

Many elderly and disabled people consider buying a mobility scooter to restore their mobility and independence often consider purchasing a used mobility scooter to save money. Auctions sites, such as EBay, offer what seem to be good deals on power wheel chairs and mobility scooters. The rule for buying merchandise off of EBay and similar web sites is “caveat emptor”. Caveat Emptor is a Latin phrase that means “let the buyer beware”.

Even the new mobility scooters that are sold on EBay can suffer from poor quality, especially if the product is not made by a known reliable manufacturer. Many new low priced mobility scooters sold on online auction sites are mass produced in China where the labour costs are low and are sold under similar pretence brand names and badges (The seller’s own company name and model). The concern of these mobility scooter manufacturers is quantity rather than quantity. The best strategy for buying a reliable new mobility scooter is to purchase only brand names that you recognize that are known to be of consistent quality.

Buying any used product involves certain inherent risks. Anyone who has bought a used car knows this rule, as dealers are known to not tell a buyer about mechanical faults in the vehicles they sell. The private deals under which used mobility scooters are purchased may not suffer from this sort of dishonest behaviour, but the scooters former owner who does not need the product or never needed the mobility scooter in the first place are not professional mechanics in most cases. The batteries of used mobility scooters may be worn down, and brake problems often develop after prolonged use. Buying a new battery or having someone available to fix the brakes of a used mobility scooter may be a solution, but it is often more trouble than it is worth. The seat likely has also conformed to the body contours of the scooter’s previous owner.

Buying a new mobility scooter made by a recognised manufacturer ensures that mechanical faults are not present, and if faults are present, a manufacturer’s warranty covers the cost or repairs or replacement parts. In extreme cases where the vehicle is beyond repair, provision may be made for a new scooter to be sent to the buyer.

You can save money buying a used mobility scooter if you shop around carefully but be prepared to spend out on any hidden faults that will emerge once you are the new owner. Considering that it is often a medical necessity for the user to buy one, it is better to buy a brand new mobility scooter to avoid many of the pitfalls and frustrations that come with buying a used product. Manufacturer warranties change the buyer’s guideline from “caveat emptor” to “caveat vendor”. The latter Latin phrase simply means let the seller beware. Which is just a fancy way of saying sellers make mechanical faults in the mobility scooter the responsibility of the scooter manufacturer.

 

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Pride Go Go Elite Traveller 4 Mobility Scooter at Special Price

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Discount Mobility is now offering Pride Go Go Elite Traveller 4 Mobility Scooter at a discount price of £484, lesser than the market price of £1659.

Speaking about the features of Pride Go Go Elite Traveller 4 Mobility Scooter, it is very much streamlined, but remains very steady during use, permitting users to feel confident whether they are in or outdoors.

Pride Go Go Elite Traveller 4 offers great flexibility. The steering tiller can be tilted up and down. The seat rotates and the armrest folds up. It is easily portable and also makes it much simpler to take the seat off prior to packing the mobility scooter into a car.

Pride Go Go Elite Traveller 4 Travel Mobility Scooter has wireless controls, so fixing it together again after it has been taken apart is a fast and hassle-free process.

You can either buy this product at the offer price of £484.00 or you can avail a finance option. You need to spend £13.83 Per Month for 48 months and your instant finance get approved in 4 minutes at Checkout.

Discount Mobility, one of the top selling mobility aids in the UK is well known for its quality, quick delivery and unbeatable price. We sell our mobility products online through the store http://www.discount-mobility.co.uk .

All you need to know about Mobility Scooters.

There are around 330,000 users in the UK for whom mobility scooters provide a lifeline to the outside world giving them their freedom and independence. With models ranging from the 4mph class 2 up to the 8mph class 3, these machines can be difficult to manoeuvre and so accidents do happen.
Here is a list of things you need to know when using a mobility scooter on the road.
Mobility Scooters that can be used on the road are known as a Class 3 ‘invalid carriage’.
• On the road scooters can travel at a maximum speed of 8mph.
• If used on footpaths, the maximum speed is 4mph.
• A class 3 vehicle must be registered with the DVLA.
• For a class 3 vehicle you need to have a tax disc, but this is free of charge.
• You have to be at least 14 years old to drive a Class 3 mobility scooter.
• If you are using the road, follow the rules that other road users follow. This means road signs and traffic lights. Use your mobility scooter’s lights, indicators, and horn.
• Take other road users and pedestrians into account.
• Never drive your mobility scooter on the motorway.
• Insurance is not required for mobility scooters, but it is recommended.
• You do not need to pass a driving test to use a mobility scooter on the road or pavement.
• Keep your scooter roadworthy and well maintained.
• If you have a Class 3 mobility scooter, use the pavement if possible.
• If you are using the pavement, follow the rules that other pedestrians follow (or should follow).
• Pedestrians have priority. Remember not all pedestrians will see you. People with a sight or hearing impairment or other elderly or disabled people might not be aware you are there, and they may not move out of your way.

If you want more information on the specific models of mobility scooters we at Discount Mobility can offer, you will find a selection in our shop site www.discount-mobility.co.uk or you can phone us on 01245 905144 and talk to us about your needs.

Accessorising Your Mobility Scooter

When people purchase mobility scooters, they usually find they are generally pretty basic. Unless you can afford to pay for a deluxe model, you get the no-frills and even boring version. The bikes a manufacturer is intent on producing are functional, practical and safety conscious. They are not intended to make a statement.

Yet, this is not a problem. In fact, if you start out with the basics, you can personalise it as you go along. The other mobility scooters on the block will have nothing on your hot wheels. The accessories can range from simple cup holders to tote bags and flags.

Cup Holders
Most cars have cup holders. They exist for people to put in their cups of tea, bottles of water and cans of pop. There is no reason why mobility scooters cannot have one. They are inexpensive and readily available. Adding one to your wheels means you can share coffee or tea with friends.

Backpacks, Tote Bags and Baskets
Whether you are heading off to the library or going shopping, you need something to carry anything and everything you purchase. A scooter tote bag attached to the front or back is the perfect solution. It may come in the form of a backpack or resemble a basket. Colours can vary to suit your personality.

In many cases, the scooter already has a metal basket. If you have had the scooter for a while, it may be worn out. It could also simply lack any sense of style. Some of these baskets are just simply unattractive. You can change this by purchasing a new one or covering it with a tasteful and fashionably coloured liner.

Backpacks, tote bags and baskets are available in a wide variety of colours and sizes. You can find one perfect for your needs and tastes. You can stash away your cell phone safely or stow away your groceries without problems when you add these devices to old or new mobility scooters.

Waving the Flag
Do you want to brighten up your mobility scooter but do not want to paint it? One way to do so is to purchase flags. Flags add colour to mobility scooters. They also increase visibility. It is easier to see a scooter coming if a tall flag is attached to its rear. These safety flags are perfect for identifying the presence of a mobility scooter.

The flags can vary according to the taste of the individual. As a result, a flag:
• Is a safety device, increasing visibility on sidewalks, on the road, in parking lots and when crossing
• Adds a flash of colour which also helps with visibility but is also indicative of individuality
• Personalises the scooter making it truly a reflection of its owner
Mobility scooters serve a purpose. It does not mean, however, they have to be mundane in appearance. You can personalise your scooter through accessories. In doing so, you make them safer, more user friendly and an expression of your character.

Going Mobile – Electric Mobility Scooters

Electric Wheelchairs

When it comes to being old, infirm, disabled and/or bariatric, it may be hard to get around. While canes, walkers and wheelchairs can help, they do not give you the sense of freedom of another mobility device. They are not transformers electric mobility scooters are perceived to be.

What are Electric Mobility Scooters?

An electric mobility scooter is a vehicle powered by a battery. It may have three four or five wheels. It also features a space to place the feet, front handlebars to steer potentially one to three wheels. It may have a swivel seat as well as a compartment or basket to carry packages and gear.

Mobility scooters are intended for one purpose. They are to help those individuals who have trouble walking. As a result, you can purchase one of three types of mobility scooters based on use:

  • For indoor use
  • For outdoor use
  • For indoor-outdoor use

Why Mobility Scooters?

Traditionally, individuals with mobility issues relied on walkers and/or wheel chairs to get around. The introduction of electric mobility scooters has changes this. The availability of this type of easily manoeuvred and operated form of transportation has become increasingly popular and an alternative for wheelchairs for several reasons.

  • Scooters are easily operated by those who have weakened or little upper body strength or arm/shoulder stamina. This is necessary, together with flexibility, to operate a manual wheelchair
  • Ease of use for those who suffer from a variety of conditions that affect the upper or even the entire body
  • The chair swivels and is more convenient than using foot supports
  • Models can handle a large amount of weight making it ideal for those with bariatric conditions
  • Less expensive than a powered wheelchair

Yet, one of the major reasons why electric scooters have risen in popularity is their look. They do not resemble a wheel chair. They can be quite fashionable in design and style. This helps to remove any stigma from having a disability.

How to Shop for Mobility Scooters

If you can, consider attending a trade mobility show. They will showcase the latest models of electric mobility scooters. Currently, there are approximately 20 manufacturers producing their brand of scooter. This allows for plenty of choice.

The popularity of scooters also means you can find them used as well as new. Check online and you can easily discover what each scooter model can offer you and at what cost.

Choose Pavement Mobility Scooters to Zip Around Your Community

If an illness or injury has made it harder to do the things you love, especially if they require going outside the home, consider learning more about pavement mobility scooters to see if they might help you reclaim independence and dignity. These medium-sized options are very sturdy and specially designed to offer great traction on flat surfaces that are common in many communities.

Take them for a jaunt to your favourite shopping complex, or pop into a friend’s residence for a cup of tea and some memorable conversations. They’re ready to make your life simpler, and many online retailers offer delivery service so you don’t have to struggle with the hassle of picking up the product after you’ve purchased it.

 A Preventative Measure

Sometimes without even realising it, people who are managing physical challenges start to avoid spending time with others, seemingly content to remain solitary for days at a time. Ask yourself if there have been times when you’ve ultimately decided to stay at home rather than go out and do something nearby. If that’s the case, mobility scooters can help you break the cycle before it gets so severe it feels there’s no way out.

When you feel an impairment has adversely affected the manner in which you get around, that’s a strong signal it’s time to explore options. Many people choose a scooter over other aids like walkers and canes, because a motorised vehicle doesn’t require a user to stay balanced and rely on muscle strength to move forward. Pavement mobility scooters, for example, often have a pair of controls that are easy to manipulate with little more than a slight touch from a fingertip.

A Steadfast Shopping Companion

 Another reason that people often decide to use a scooter rather than another device is that motorised vehicles keep hands free to do other things like choosing items from store shelves, and paying for them at the till. Also, many scooter models come complete with a basket on the front, which provides a great space for storing shopping bags, coupons or catalogues. For some, shopping is the best medicine, because it offers the chance to experiment with new clothing styles or even try new foods. Depend on mobility scooters and get on the go again.

A shopping trip isn’t the only place to use a scooter. Rely upon it to attend community gatherings, doctor’s appointments and much more. Your freedom is waiting. Get it back now, and start to live a more fulfilling lifestyle.