Guide to Choosing a Mobility Scooter

Find the right scooter for you and regain your freedom.

There are many different types of mobility scooter, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. This article will explain the different scooter classes and which type you should choose based on your needs.

What are the different classes of scooter?

Electric mobility scooters are classified into two categories: class 2 and class 3 (class 1 represents non-electric wheelchairs).

Class 2 mobility scooters are for pavement use and have a maximum speed of 4mph. They are generally smaller, lighter and don’t need to be registered with the DVLA.

Class 3 mobility scooters can be used on the road and have a maximum speed of 8mph. They are generally bigger, heavier and must be registered with the DVLA.

At Ideas in Action we offer pavement scooters, road scooters and travel scooters among our mobility scooter range. Both pavement scooters and travel scooters fall into class 2, whereas road scooters fall into class 3.

We also have several mobility scooter accessories, including ramps and covers.

Which scooter you choose will depend on your requirements:

Pavement Scooters

– Take a look at our range of pavement scooters here.

What is a pavement scooter?

Pavement scooters are class 2 scooters that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. When used outdoors, they are limited to pavements.

What is the main function of a pavement scooter?

Pavement scooters are ideal for users who only intend on travelling short, paved distances, such as to the local shop.

How far can I travel in a pavement scooter?

Pavement scooters generally have a range of between 9-25 miles at 4mph, though some scooters can travel a range of 35 miles.

How easy is it to transport a pavement scooter?

Pavement scooters are moderately easy to transport. Though not primarily built for transportation, pavement scooters are generally lightweight and many can be disassembled or folded.

How can I store a pavement scooter?

All pavement scooters can be stored indoors, though some require more space than others. Several models will fold up, allowing you to store them away in small spaces.

Do I need insurance for a pavement scooter?

You don’t have to get insurance for your pavement scooter, but it is recommended. Insurance for pavement scooters will generally cost less than road scooters.

What is the load capacity of a pavement scooter?

Pavement scooters are smaller and more lightweight than road scooters. They have a capacity of between 120-170kg and are not suitable for anyone beyond this weight.

Do pavement scooters look good?

Pavement scooters are available in a range of styles and colours. As they are more lightweight than road scooters, pavement scooters generally have a more slender frame. Many models come with a basket.

Travel scooters

– Take a look at our range of travel scooters here.

What is a travel scooter?

Travel scooters are class 2 scooters that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The key advantage of a travel scooter is that they fold up and are easy to carry so that you can take them with you in cars, trains etc.

What is the main function of a travel scooter?

Travel scooters are ideal for users who travel often and need an accessible mobility scooter to take with them.

How far can I travel in a travel scooter?

Travel scooters generally have a range of between 9-20 miles at 4mph.

How easy is it to transport a travel scooter?

Travel scooters are built to be easily transported. They are the smallest and lightest types of mobility scooter, are easy to lift and many can be folded up and placed in the boot of your car.

How can I store a travel scooter?

Travel scooters can be stored indoors. As the smallest and lightest type of mobility scooter, travel scooters don’t require much storage room. Most models will fold up, allowing you to store them away in tiny spaces.

Do I need insurance for a travel scooter?

You don’t have to get insurance for your travel scooter, but it is recommended. Insurance for travel scooters will generally cost less than road scooters.

What is the load capacity of a travel scooter?

Travel scooters are smaller and more lightweight than road scooters. They have a capacity of between 115-170kg and are not suitable for anyone beyond this weight.

Do travel scooters look good?

Travel scooters are available in a range of styles and colours. Many models come with a basket.

Road Scooters

– Take a look at our range of road scooters here.

What is a road scooter?

Road scooters are class 3 scooters that are suitable for use on roads.

What is the main function of a road scooter?

Road scooters are ideal for users who intend on travelling long distances in their mobility scooters. Road scooters are the only type of mobility scooter that can travel on the road, and they have the longest range. However, road scooters must be registered with the DVLA to use on the roads.

How far can I travel in a road scooter?

Road scooters generally have a range of between 20-36 miles at 8mph.

How easy is it to transport a road scooter?

Road scooters are the largest and heaviest types of mobility scooter. They aren’t intended on being transported in cars or trains.

How can I store a road scooter?

Road scooters should be stored outside, ideally in a secure, lockable space. Garages are a great choice for scooter storage.

Do I need insurance for a road scooter?

Yes. It is against the law to ride a class 3 scooter without insurance. Make sure you find insurance for your road scooter.

What is the load capacity of a road scooter?

Road scooters are the largest and heaviest type of scooters. They have a capacity of between 136-220kg and are not suitable for anyone beyond this weight.

Do road scooters look good?

Road scooters are available in a range of styles and colours. They are the bulkiest type of mobility scooters and most resemble scooters/motorbikes. Many models come with a basket.

 


 

Ideas in Action provide a range of travel scooters, pavement scooters and road scooters to customers throughout the West Midlands. We offer some of the best prices for the most sought-after models, and can even insure you on behalf of Mark Bates Insurance. Our team has over 25 years of experience and can help you find your perfect scooter, no matter your requirements. For mobility scooters in Birmingham, contact us today and start regaining your freedom.

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