Buying a 3 wheel scooter is one of the best things that you can do for your mobility. However, due to all the different 3 wheel mobility scooters on the market, the process of shopping for the ideal scooter for your needs can be overwhelming. Here is what you need to know about scooter and how to choose a scooter that best meets your needs.
3 Wheel Scooters vs. 4 Wheel Scooters
One question that you should ask yourself is whether you want a 3 wheel scooter or a 4 wheel scooter. Both types of scooters boast their respective advantages and disadvantages. Some of the benefits of a 3 wheel scooter include more leg room for taller people and a sharper turning radius. Also, 3 wheel power scooters are most ideal for smooth surfaces, making them perfect for using indoors around your home. On the other hand, 4 wheel scooters offer a more stable and broader wheelbase. This makes for good weight distribution. Plus, 4 wheel scooters are also ideal for driving outdoors.
What to Consider in a 3 Wheel Scooter
You’ve decided that a 3 wheel scooter is best for you and your mobility needs. Now what? The next factor that you should consider is how you plan to use your scooter. If you plan on using your scooter mostly in your home, you should get a scooter with a tight turning radius like Pride’s Go-Go Elite Traveller® 3-Wheel Scooter. If you intend to use your scooter mostly outdoors, you should get a scooter that is rugged and can endure many types of terrain while offering stability and comfort, such as the Revo™ 2.0.
For some people, the speed of a scooter is one of the most important factors. The Raptor is a 3-wheel scooter that is able to drive up to 14 miles per hour. Range is another important factor that you should consider when shopping for the perfect scooter for your needs. The vast majority of scooters are powered by a battery. The range of your scooter depends on how far you can drive it on one charge. The Victory 10.2 scooter drives up to 13 miles with just one charge. If you plan to use your scooter for day trips, a scooter with a longer charge range is essential.
Service Checks for 3 Wheel Scooters
When purchasing 3 wheel scooters, think about where you will get your scooter repaired. If you use your scooter every day, it’s important to get it serviced regularly. If you require a simple fix or some serious work, your Pride provider can perform maintenance or repairs. If your 3 wheel scooter is prescribed by a physician, it may be considered medical equipment. Medicare Part B may cover a portion of the cost of a power mobility device. If Medicare Part B pays for the cost of your scooter, it may also cover scooter repairs. Learn more on how you can get your mobility scooter repaired.
In addition to repairs, you will also need to purchase new scooter batteries from time to time. If your scooter is considered medical equipment and was covered by Medicare Part B, then Medicare Part B may also cover the cost of replacement batteries if your current batteries are no longer working properly. Learn more about scooter batteries covered by insurance.