If you have made the decision to buy a motorized scooter, it’s time to decide which one is right for your needs. Many choose to go with a 4 wheel scooter because of its benefits. Learn about the benefits of 4 wheel scooters and how to choose the right one for you. Plus, get tips on paying for your new scooter and how to get it repaired.
Benefits of 4 Wheel Scooters
With a broader and more stable wheelbase, the configuration of a 4-wheel scooter offers greater stability, making it perfect for outdoor use. This is also great for someone who travels more, since 4 wheel scooters are designed to be driven across a wide variety of surface areas. The larger wheelbase and broader frame of a 4-wheel scooter allow for a more improved ride and help evenly distribute weight. Many mobility scooters also have a lower profile, which means they can serve as a chair in a restaurant or other public place and are thin enough to make it through many doorways of public buildings or homes, ensuring that you can easily get around.
Choosing the Right 4-Wheel Scooter
You know you need a 4 wheel scooter, but which one? There are many choices on the mobility market. Learn how to choose a mobility scooter. There are many questions to ask yourself: How will use your use your motorized scooter? How fast do you want the scooter to go? How far do you want to travel with the scooter? Four-wheel scooters have the benefit of being able to operate better outside, so if you will be using your scooter a lot outside you need to consider that. You should pay attention to safety features. Some scooters offer regenerative braking systems for better safety. If you are concerned with visibility, find a scooter that offers LED lighting to make sure you are safe when in low light environments. How far you want to go on your scooter will also matter. Pride 4 wheel scooters are battery operated, so you need to check how far you can go on a single charge.
Paying for Your Mobility Scooter
Your 4 wheel scooter may be paid for by private insurance or Medicare if you qualify. Medicare Part B can cover a portion of your motorized scooter if it’s medically necessary. In order to get your scooter covered under Medicare Part B, you must undergo a face-to-face exam with your physician. The physician determines if you could use a walker, cane, or manual wheelchair to address your mobility issues. If your needs can’t be met with any of those items, then it will be documented in your medical record that you need an electric scooter. Sometimes a physical therapist or occupational therapist will also do an additional assessment. Medicare Part B may also cover replacement batteries for your 4-wheel scooter. Learn if your insurance will cover 4-wheel scooter batteries. However, if your insurance doesn’t cover batteries or you don’t have Medicare Part B, there are still some other options, including payment plans based on your budget.
Getting Your Scooter Repaired
Even the best 4 wheel scooters need new parts from time to time, especially with daily use. If your 4 wheel scooter needs repairs, contact your authorized Pride provider for assistance. If your scooter is prescribed by a doctor, then it is considered medical equipment, which means that repairs may be covered under insurance or Medicare Part B. Learn more about mobility scooter repairs. Just like with batteries, if your insurance or Medicare Part B plan does not cover the cost of repairs, there are options available to you to help pay for repair services.