User login

Sign in with Facebook
Sign in using Facebook

Tips for choosing an electric scooter

A scooter is a great way to maintain independence.

An electric or motorised scooter is a great way for older people to get around and maintain independence. Care should be taken when purchasing a scooter and there are many things that should be considered.


In this article:

 


 

Who can use electric scooters?

Legally an electric scooter user must have reduced mobility or disability to warrant the use of a scooter. A person may have trouble walking long distances, getting to the shops or using public transport due to disability or a health condition.

Operating an electric scooter safely takes skill and agility. If purchasing an electric scooter for an older person you must consider if they have the physical and mental capability to operate it safely. 


 

What skills do people need to operate electric scooters?

A person needs good coordination, balance and strength. They need to be able to manage the controls and use the steering wheel. A person needs to be able to adjust their weight and balance on a scooter over rough terrain.

Good vision and hearing, perception and judgment is also required to navigate pedestrians, recognise hazards, control speed and judge distances.

Older people often take medications that can make them drowsy or affect their ability to concentrate and operate an electric scooter. 


 

Who can help choose an electric scooter?

If you are not sure if an older family member can safely operate an electric scooter check with a doctor or make an appointment with an occupational therapist.

An occupational therapist can help choose the most appropriate type of scooter based on your family member's capabilities and needs.
Some scooter shops have occupational therapists that come to the home, others will require an independent assessment be done first.

Purchasing the wrong kind of electric scooter can increase the risk of injury and accidents. It can also be an expensive exercise. 


 

What to consider before purchasing an electric scooter

There are two different types of scooters. Three wheeled scooters are suitable for indoor use. Four wheeled scooters are more suitable for outdoor use over rough terrain.

Consider the following before purchasing a scooter:

  • Is there access to safe and adequate footpaths to all key destinations like the shops?
  • Does the scooter have enough range to get where a person needs to go?
  • Can the scooter fit through doorways?
  • Does the person have to cross many main roads? Is it safe to do so?
  • Where will the scooter be stored? It will need to be parked somewhere safe and within reach of a power point to recharge the battery
  • Can the scooter be locked? 

 

Scooters and safety on the road

If you do purchase a scooter for an older person ensure they know how to properly use and maintain it. They will need to be able to manage the battery and check the tyres. Find out if the purchase of the scooter includes any maintenance by the supplier.

Arrange for insurance in case of an accident or theft. Does the insurance cover accidents that occur outside the home or to others on public footpaths?
Scooters that weigh less than 110kg do not require a license, registration or CTP insurance providing they do not travel over 10km per hour.
Always check with the roads and traffic authority in your state. 


 

Questions to ask when purchasing a scooter

  •  If planning to transport a scooter in a car can it be dismantled and does your loved one have the strength to lift the parts?
  •  If you must take a scooter away with you how will you transport it? By trailer or specialised electric lifter? Do you have a suitable vehicle for transporting the scooter?
  •  Is the scooter allowed on public transport?
  •  Do you have a warranty? For how long?
  •  If I need parts who shall I call?
  •  What kind of insurance cover do I need?
  •  Can the scooter be garaged in a residential facility?
  •  Is there somewhere to store a walking stick?
  •  Can groceries be carried on the scooter?
  •  How comfortable is the back rest?
  •  Is it easy to get off the scooter or will a person need a swivel seat?

Remember an occupational therapist or physiotherapist is the best person to assess whether a scooter is suitable for an older person.

If buying a second hand scooter have an assessment first and ask the therapist to recommend a particular type or brand of scooter.

Ask a scooter supplier if you can test the scooter at home or hire the scooter for a couple of days. 


 

Where can I buy an scooter?

  •  You can buy scooters online or at mobility shops and some pharmacies. Look online using the key words motorised scooters.
  • Look in the yellow pages under home health care aids and equipment fro a supplier.
  • Independent Living Centres provide free advice on equipment. You can also test a number of scooters and talk to an occupational therapist.
  • Call the Independent Living Centre (ILC) info-line 1300 885 886. 

 

Tip

Encourage a person to wear bright clothing when out and about on a scooter to ensure they are visible to pedestrians and cars.

Attach a tall fluorescent flag to the the scooter visible to motorists and pedestrians. Use the headlights and wear a helmet for extra protection. 


 

References

Roads and Traffic Authority NSW 
Motorised wheelchairs
Accessed 2008
 

NRMA
Motorised wheelchair (scooters) , Information fact sheet
Accessed 2008


 

Related articles

 

 

9 comments

Dreamhosters.Com wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago
Great site you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I'd really love to be a part of community where I can get feed-back from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Bless you!
dreamhost cupon wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago
I was pretty pleased to find this page. I wanted to thank you for ones time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely really liked every little bit of it and I have you book-marked to see new stuff on your blog.
The Simpsons Tapped Out Cheats wrote 3 weeks 4 days ago
Thanks for a marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back at some point. I want to encourage continue your great posts, have a nice day!
The simpsons tapped out cheats wrote 3 weeks 5 days ago
I'm not sure why but this weblog is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end? I'll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.
The simpsons tapped out cheats wrote 3 weeks 5 days ago
Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I'm still new to everything. Do you have any helpful hints for newbie blog writers? I'd genuinely appreciate it.
shooting games wrote 4 weeks 2 days ago
You have your normal attack which you will be spamming most of the game no matter who you choose, your heavy attack to deal large amounts of damage or to finish off opponents. Not every person will agree that games cheat systems are the right things to be used while playing games. For now, hop over to the i - Tunes Store and get this now.
bing.Com wrote 4 weeks 6 days ago
What i don't realize is actually how you're no longer actually much more well-favored than you may be now. You're so intelligent. You recognize thus significantly in relation to this matter, made me in my view imagine it from a lot of various angles. Its like women and men aren't involved until it's something to do with Woman gaga! Your individual stuffs nice. Always take care of it up!
Sophia wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago
This is a very useful article on choosing a mobility scooter that is right for you, thanks for the help.
Guest wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago
You can also get more information on scooters, and what type might be suitable for your situation from your local Independent Living Centre. Independent Living Centre (ILC) is an information and advisory service about assistive technology. Assistive technology is anything that can help you do a task. They have Occupational Therapists who can help you decide what you need. Solutions can involve equipment, changing a technique, using a service, handy hints or adapting something you can find around the home. They are a non profit organisation and do not sell equipment. Call 1300 885 886 to be connected to your local Independent Living Centre. There is one located in each state of Australia!

Add your comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.