Life with limited mobility can be hard, but it doesn’t need to keep you in one place. That’s what many people throughout Australia are learning as they discover the range of accessibility products available to them. From electric and manual wheelchairs to vehicle access systems and mobility scooters and any other ability quality products—people are learning that disabilities don’t have to spell the end of their freedom. The challenge lies in choosing products that will use sophisticated technology to all but guarantee satisfaction for years of use to come.
Mobility scooters are known by a variety of names including electric scooters, battery scooters, disability scooters and hoppers. They are an increasingly popular method of transport for those with limited mobility wishing to remain independent in their local community.
Compared to a car they are a lot more cost effective to run, easy to manage and also allow you to have a safer drive. So when someone no longer feels comfortable driving a car you now have a great option for getting out and about and remaining independent.
No licence or registration is currently needed in NSW, however we recommend you discuss with your doctor or health professional your ability to manage a mobility scooter before any purchase. Under Australian Roads Rules, mobility scooters are classed as a motorised pedestrian with a maximum allowable top speed of 10km/hr.
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3-wheel scooters offer more legroom than 4-wheelers. They are ideal for tall users where there are difficulties bending the knees for extended periods. They are more manoeuvrable due to their tighter turning circle making them better suited to tight conditions. Despite being considered unstable by some, when correctly driven in the recommended conditions they are safe and stable to use.
4-wheel scooters are far more stable and better suited to uneven surfaces and terrain. Some models have a longer wheelbase and lower wheel arches to provide legroom for taller users. Many users feel safer on the 4-wheel models and that confidence is important to independent and regular use.
Small foldable mobility scooters are ideal for those who wish to transport their scooter regularly. They are easy to fold and store away in a vehicle, the parts are comparatively light and they also assemble easily. With relatively smooth tyres and low ground clearance they are designed for use on smooth flat surfaces like shopping centres or well maintained footpaths. They are generally not suitable for tall users over 180cm or users over 110kg. Top speeds are usually below 8kph and travel distances are between 15km and 30km per charge.
Medium sized mobility scooters are the most popular for general outdoor and limited indoor driving. They usually have either 10” or 11” tyres, comfortable, adjustable seating and most models have lights and a suspension system. Top speeds vary up to 10km/hr and ranges are between 25km and 35kms.
Large size scooters are suitable for taller and heavier users, or where there is the need for regular long distance driving on steep hills and uneven terrain. They generally offer deluxe seats, soft riding suspension, extended legroom, more power and bigger batteries. Ranges vary from 40km to 50km.
Battery: The size of the battery determines the distance the scooter will travel and not necessarily the power. At Gilani Engineering we only use quality sealed batteries, ensuring the longest possible lifespan and most economical running cost and preventing debris from entering and ruining the battery.
Range: Careful consideration regarding the distance you wish to travel is a major consideration. The manufacturers quoted ranges are measured under ideal circumstances which rarely occur in real life. Speak to one of our consultants to ensure the scooter/battery combination you are considering is sufficient for your needs.
Terrain: If you live in a hilly area, does the scooter you are considering have the power and range to handle these hills and the type of terrain you will need to traverse.
Your Height and Weight: Is the weight capacity suitable for yourself and any shopping you may wish to carry? Is there enough legroom on the scooter? If you have a petite frame do you need a large size scooter?
Suspension: Carefully consider any uneven surfaces you may drive over and your needs for a smooth ride with suspension. Will you need to transport the Mobility Scooter? What vehicle will it be transported in? Can you or your carer pull the scooter apart, place it in the car and reassemble it? Will you need a ramp to load it?
Medical Conditions: Do you have any existing medical conditions that would make the scooter difficult for you to drive such as arthritis or any medications that may make it unsafe to drive?
Turning Circle: Does the scooter have the turning circle, width and length to enable you to access all areas you require?
Storage: All mobility scooters should be charged everyday after use. Therefore, a safe dry area for storage and charging is essential.
When shopping for mobility scooters for sale in wide Australia it is vital to understand the importance of choosing a well-made product. When a person requires a mobility aid to move easily from one place to the next, it is vital that the product be reliable. Users cannot be constantly worrying that their power chair could break down or experience mechanical trouble in the middle of an errand. Reduce the risk of such an occurrence by making sure your mobility scooters for sale in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, or Brisbane come from a company with experience in both the transportation industry and the disability market.
Experience with both automotive technology and disability assistance products can result in surprising innovations. Consider, for instance, any of the following products:
Gilani Engineering brings advanced Swedish innovation together with Australian technology to provide quality products that go well beyond the expectations of customers. Not only do we offer all the products listed above — but we also provide systems designed to help limited mobility customers use their wheelchairs and scooters in conjunction with their vehicles. Our intelligent wheelchair access systems more than satisfy the guidelines in the Australian Standards, and our mobility scooters come packed with features that make owning and operating them a pleasure. Learn more about our state of the art products today by contacting our head office and speaking with someone who can tell you more about the work we do.
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