August 20th, 2011
A mobility scooter is the same as a power scooter or motor scooter in function and construction. However, additional power wheelchair type features and options make mobility scooters a good form of transportation for anyone who has good arm strength and upper body balance but needs occasional assistance.
Elderly people, and those who have progressive conditions that challenge their capability to walk, appreciate and benefit from the aid and convenience of a mobility scooter. Users of those mobility scooter can usually walk to some degree, but have greater difficulty with slopes and longer distances.
The initial power wheelchair was created in 1968 by the Mr. Alan Thieme in Bridgeport, Michigan. Mr. Thieme created this front wheel drive scooter to help you family members with multiple sclerosis regain a selection of their independent mobility.
The essential components of a power wheelchair today are two rear wheels which includes a seat above them, a set area upon which helping put the feet wich also holds the seat and power source, plus a steering column with handlebars to steer either one or two front wheels. There are gasoline powered mobility scooters, while the majority of those manufactured are electric. The quicker popular electric mobility scooter runs with one or two batteries onboard the scooter. If you feel you need more power to conquer steep hills and slopes, you will be better served with two batteries which will deliver more power than one. These batteries are charged which includes a standard charger that connects into a typical electrical outlet.
The steering column, located centrally at the front end of your scooter, is named the tiller. The tiller controls forward, reverse and speed controls with finger controls, a thumb paddle or a switch. Mobility scooters are sold in front wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Normally, front wheel drive mobility scooters will accommodate a rider approximately 250 lbs. and are handier for indoor use because of the smaller size. Rear wheel drive mobility scooters work extremely well indoors and outdoors and shall accommodate a weight of as many as 350 lbs. There are also hard rear wheel drive mobility scooters, which differs from the usual rear wheel drive mobility scooters in the it may accommodate riders as many as 500 lbs.