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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.

Finding The Right Mobility Scooter.

Owning a mobility scooter is a lifestyle choice and it’s important to get the right one for you; As an example for usability, with a tiller and controls you

can operate the scooter if you have arthritic fingers. Otherwise you could waste money or buy a scooter that isn’t the safest or most comfortable.
Take advice from a trusted mobility scooter retailer or by contacting your occupational therapist before you make a final decision on what to buy. Although the local authority is unlikely to provide you with a mobility scooter, the occupational therapist can make recommendations about any equipment and/or adaptations you might need.

Pavement, Boot, Travel & Folding Mobility Scooters

Types of Mobility Scooters (prices subject to change)

With Pavement Mobility Scooters, you can use them to travel on pedestrian pavements and in shopping areas. These types of mobility scooters are called Class 2 scooters. If you live near a high street and you can get to your destinations by avoiding roads, this may be a good choice. Class 2 scooters are smaller, lighter and often cheaper than those designed for the road, and can have three, four or, in some cases, five wheels. Although some models are capable of much faster speeds, they should be driven at 4mph on pedestrian pavements and areas. Some pavement scooter models may also allow you to cap the speed level to this legal limit.

Folding and Travel Boot Scooters These are small mobility scooters that are also to be used on pavements only and can be folded or taken apart for transporting. They can also be referred to as ‘boot’ scooters. If you can drive or have access to a car and you’re looking for something to take you short distances, perhaps to go shopping in a town centre or for a day out with your family, a travel/boot mobility scooter is a good choice. There are two types: folding and dismantling.
Folding mobility scooters allow you to reduce them to a compact shape and size, allowing you to wheel them, like a wheelie case. This makes them particularly convenient for air travel.
Dismantling mobility scooters are made up of four or five sections that have to be taken apart for travel or put together before they can be used. Despite their portability, all models tend to be heavy to lift, so if you’re likely to need help lifting yours in and out of a car buy a car hoist or arrange for someone else to do it for you.
Folding versus dismantling mobility scooters Weight is a particular issue with folding scooters, as you normally have to lift them as one piece. Removing the battery and armrests would reduce their weight by a couple of kilograms, but they will remain heavy to lift.
Sometimes the disadvantage of their weight can outweigh the benefits of easy folding and unfolding.
We also found that lightweight scooters can be less comfortable to ride, as they’re not as good at absorbing the bumps on uneven surfaces unless you choose a more modern model with all round suspension. Lighter folding scooters can feel more flimsy and less secure than dismantling travel/boot scooters. In contrast, dismantling scooters allow you to lift each component separately. But you do need to reassemble dismantling models before riding them, which you may find inconvenient.
Boot scooters are less powerful than those that can be driven on the road, which makes them better suited to short journeys of less than 10 to 15 miles. They are light and manoeuvrable, and can be used indoors, but their smaller, less-padded seats often mean they’re not as comfortable as larger models. Their wheels may also struggle with shallow kerbs. The ease of lifting a scooter in and out of a car, and how they handle on kerbs and different terrains.
Mobility scooters for the road are Class 3 vehicles. They are larger and heavier than their Class 2 cousins. You can drive them on any roads except motorways or dual carriageways that have a speed limit of 50mph or above. The maximum speed at which you can drive your scooter on a road is 8mph or at 4mph on the pavement. Being more powerful, with bigger batteries, means they are suited to longer journeys up to 25 + miles, and can cope better with hills. Road mobility scooters must have front and rear lights, indicators, hazard lights, a rear-view mirror, brakes and a horn.
They tend to provide a more comfortable ride than some of the smaller scooters. Choosing a mobility scooter: top five things to consider
1/. The types of journeys you plan to make on your mobility scooter.
2/. The types of terrain you’ll cover on the scooter.
3/. Your storage facilities.
4/. Your body weight and size.
5/. Your budget Types of journeys and terrains.
When you’re trying to decide on the type of mobility scooter you want, think about the sorts of journeys you’re likely to make in it. Will they be short, everyday journeys on mainly smooth terrain, such as trips to the local supermarket or to visit a nearby friend or relative? If so, a Class 2 mobility scooter will probably be right for you.
Will you mainly be using the scooter for days out with friends or family? If so, a Class 2 boot scooter that can be easily taken apart or folded and transported by car is likely to suit you.
Do you want to make longer journeys, perhaps to visit a neighbouring town, or do you live in a particularly hilly area? A Class 3 scooter that you can take on the road might make more sense.

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

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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Buying From Ebay V’s Trusted Mobility Websites.

Is Buying on Ebay Safe. You Should Read This Information If You Are Considering Buying Mobility Equipment From A Seller On Ebay.

Ebay, is the biggest (and one of the oldest) online auction sites has grown really big in the last several years, and because of that, it may be a little riskier to shop at. Some will try to use eBay for selling all kinds of stuff, even masked in a form of some popular Mobility Scooter and mobility product.
You might even end up with counterfeit branded mobility scooter, wheelchair or mobility equipment instead of the real thing. When you try to contact the seller, he doesn’t reply and basically, you lose your money. Here are some tips to prevent these scenarios from happening.

Take Care, Don’t Accept Stock Photos.
First off, answer this question: do you really need to buy that thing on Ebay?  Sure, a wheelchair cushion costing £3 is fine, but do you really want to buy a £1000 mobility scooter on eBay? Wouldn’t you feel more secure if you pay a bit more to get a brand new, guaranteed mobility scooter on a reputable UK website? Remember, It’s your money so take good care of it.
Once you get to the product you want to buy, there are some things on the actual listing which you should examine. Find the information regarding shipping and return policy. Once you know the item can be delivered to your country, move on and take a look at the item itself. If you need any more photos of it, feel free to contact the seller. Don’t accept stock photos of the item; ask the seller if he can stand by the scooter to show it is genuine item.

Use Common Sense.
Using Common sense is a great factor with any online auction. A new SLR Digital Camera for only £50? Or a new Apple’s iPad for £100?  Don’t you think that these offers are too good to be true? Well, in 99.9% of cases – they are. Don’t even consider those. Find a product with a normal, average price, proof it is new with full manufacturer’s warranty and located in the UK, Beware of the surge in rebadged counterfeit Mobility Scooters
imported from China!
Now, before you buy an item, it’s time to get know the seller. Check out his profile page and his feedback the previous buyers had left. If it’s above 99.5%, you’re good, since you should avoid anything below that mark. Yep, this feedback percentage is taken really seriously and it’s probably the most important indicator of how honest the seller is.

The last resort
You’re now ready to make your purchase – just one more thing – your delivery address. Some sellers will ship the item to the address listed in your PayPal profile, so make sure they’re all set up properly.
If you’re unsure about anything or if something seems suspicious to you, I’d recommend that you take extra caution or ask someone more experienced to give you some advice. Don’t agree to anything beyond eBay’s terms like giving the money in some other way than PayPal or buying an item directly from the seller etc.

Finally
Caveat Emptor or [Latin, Let the buyer beware.] A warning that notifies a buyer that the goods he or she is buying are “as is,” or subject to all defects.
When a sale is subject to this warning the purchaser assumes the risk that the product might be either defective or unsuitable to his or her needs. This rule is not designed to shield sellers who engage in Fraud or bad faith dealing by making false or misleading representations about the quality or condition of a particular product. It merely summarizes the concept that a purchaser must examine, judge, and test a product considered for purchase himself or herself.
Our advice is to consider your options before buying a Mobility Scooter, wheelchair or mobility equipment and remain safe and assured by purchasing from a reputable online mobility store like Discount Mobility Scooter.

Can a smart insulin patch mean no more diabetic injections?

“A ‘smart’ insulin patch could replace painful injections to help millions of people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check,” the Daily Mirror reports; though the technology has only been tested on mice.
Insulin is a hormone that plays a vital role in regulating blood glucose levels. People with type 1 diabetes, as well as advanced type 2 diabetes, require regular insulin injections, as their body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or reacts to it in the wrong way.
Researchers have developed a new type of glucose-sensing patch, which is worn on the skin and delivers insulin in response to sensing high levels of glucose.
The study showed that the patch was capable of reducing blood glucose levels to normal in mice with chemically induced diabetes over about four hours.
This research is at an early stage, so we therefore don’t know if it will be both safe and effective in humans. Before any human testing can occur, researchers will need to study the longer-term effects on animals. Researchers will also need to work out whether they can deliver enough insulin to regulate blood glucose levels in humans, and how often the patches need to be changed.
All in all, we wouldn’t expect to see these patches at your local chemist in the near future.

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