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Tackling Questions About Using Mobility Scooters Outdoors

In last week’s blog, Advantage Home Health Solutions happily announced a new promotion. To remind you about this ongoing special, if you purchase a new Pride Mobility Scooter, we will add a rear basket, a phone holder AND a side mirror for FREE! That’s a $200 value!

Mobility scooters come in a wide range of models. With the weather set to warm up in the weeks and months to come, you may be wondering about how well these solutions work outdoors. Both mid-size electric mobility scooters and outdoor mobility scooters are ideal for outdoor use. But we imagine you may have some other questions regarding taking your mobility scooter outside. Let’s tackle them!

Which mobility scooter is best for rough terrain?

Outdoor mobility scooters are most certainly recommended for those who plan on travelling over rough terrain. In order to do so safely, it’s important that your scooter has big and pneumatic wheels as well as good suspension. Naturally, you want to ensure that you’re not damaging the frame of the scooter while using it.

Wrangler and Pursuit models are known for handling rough terrain quite well. They do, however, require either ramps or half-ton pickup trucks for transporting.

Can mobility scooters go up hills?

Yes they can. However, it’s important to consider just how many hills you plan on getting over. There are other questions to consider as well. What is the weight of the individual using the mobility scooter? How steep is the hill? What is the capacity of the scooter? How far are the distances over the hills? It’s wise to consider the drag on the battery when using a mobility scooter to climb hills.

Can mobility scooters get wet?

Let’s put it this way. Mobility scooters can tolerate wetness. However, they’re not exactly waterproof or water-resistant. Mobility scooters can get wet within reason, but you don’t want them sitting out in a downpour of rain. Ideally, all of the controls should be kept dry. Generally, the controller of a scooter is hidden way from direct rain so it can withstand a little light precipitation. Immersing any components of the scooter in water, however, is a no-no.

Umbrellas are available for users of mobility scooters. But, a rule of thumb should be to minimize how wet you get the device. In addition, be mindful that if the mobility scooter needs to be used in snowy and/or slushy conditions, it will need a different set of wheels and tires. There are no studded tires for scooters, so it’s definitely best to avoid icy conditions.

What do I do if I notice my mobility scooter slowing down?

In such a case, it is likely that the scooter’s battery is running out of juice. Are you charging the battery regularly? Perhaps, your charger isn’t working properly. Investigate the strength of the battery and its charger before assuming repairs or replacements are needed.

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we are happy to help you with any issues you may have with your mobility scooter. We’re also adamant about ensuring you have the complete picture to make an informed decision about the mobility scooter that best suits your needs. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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