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Mobility scooters can come with three or four wheels, usually with the seat situated over the rear axle. Three-wheeled mobility scooters can be easier to steer in close spaces, while four wheels offer a more all-terrain option. Wheel size is also important to consider since this will provide traction over a variety of surfaces.


Choose the type and size of wheels based on how you plan to use your scooter. Tire sizes typically range from 6 to 12 inches. Smaller tires are best for indoor use that requires sharp turns and navigating tight spaces. Larger, wider tires are better suited for rough terrain and stability needs.


Choose a chair for your scooter based on your individual comfort and utilization requirements. Many manufacturers allow you to select seat covering, swivel options up to 360 degrees, extra padding, lumbar supports, reclining options, and height adjustments. Armrests are another consideration and can be added, removed or changed to address your needs.

Make sure that when seated on the scooter the user can reach all the necessary buttons, handles, and storage spaces. This will allow them to be in control and get the most function out of the scooter.


Steering and navigation on a mobility scooter are usually done with a handlebar-style steering column called a "Tiller", similar to a bicycle or a motorized scooter. The Tiller typically provides thumb controls or levers that allow the user to manage speed and drive the scooter forward or in reverse. This gives the user full control over the device without needing to operate a pedal system. When seated on the mobility scooter the operator should be able to reach the handles easily and operate all the controls comfortably.


Most mobility scooters are battery operated and need to be fully charged to get the maximum run time and distance out of them. Typically, the bigger the mobility scooter the larger the battery, but smaller and more portable mobility scooters also have a range of battery life and distance depending on the model and overall size. You should also consider where in your home or garage you will be charging the mobility scooter. Batteries can be replaced or upgraded, so if there’s a specific model you’re interested in, the battery may have a customization option to suit your needs. For advice about maintaining your batteries, please see the FAQs section of our website…


There is typically some form of storage available on a mobility scooter, either with the traditional front basket or a rear storage space, and sometimes underneath the seat!. It’s good to consider what you’ll need to carry on a daily basis, including any oxygen or medical devices, a cane, as well as a purse or backpack. If your mobility scooter is your main mode of transportation, there should be room to hold groceries and assist with your daily tasks.

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