Mobility scooters have been around for a while now, and many people have utilised them in their day-to-day lives. As with anything, first impressions of a product are everything, and when mobility scooters first started coming out, they were quite bare-boned with not a lot to excite potential users, outside of those who absolutely needed one. However, a lot has changed in the intermediary years, and now a mobility scooter can be quite an impressive piece of equipment. Here are a few ways in which mobility scooters are better and why you might want to consider buying one.
When thinking about why one might need a mobility scooter, you think of the obvious tasks that have to be done by those who might be restricted by movement: shopping, walking the dog, posting mail and so on and so forth. Modern mobility scooters have features that are tailor-made to try and help you with those tasks, such as storage for groceries (you can even find refrigerated storage), awnings that protect against the sun and front baskets that allow for easy access to items such as your wallet or letters. None of those was around in the first few generations of mobility scooters, which is just another reason why the usability of modern variants is so much greater.
It is not that long ago that comfort was a secondary feature to utilitarianism on most vehicles, including mobility scooters. Uncomfortable chairs during long rides are very annoying and can turn you off trying to even go anywhere. That is why the switch to a more user-friendly experience with ergonomic designs, plush fabrics and leather and even just simple additions like armrests have made all the difference. If you tried out a mobility scooter before and found it very off-putting, you might want to try a modern option to see if it is still the same.
The usefulness of a mobility scooter and all the extended features you see with them today could only be improved when the source of power for all these trimmings, the battery, also got better. Luckily, that is exactly what happened, and now battery life on most mobility scooters is easily over a year on average, with some models coming with batteries that can last twice or even three times that. Bearing in mind how poor the batteries were on the original scooters, and how few features they had that drained these batteries, the difference is night and day.