Mobility Scooters: Types, Features & Maintenance

Whether you’re preparing to purchase your first mobility scooter or you’re upgrading to a new model, Balance Mobility is here to support you every step of the way. In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about the different types of mobility scooters, their key features and how to care for your vehicle. Read on to discover which model is best for you.

Types Of Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters are available in three key types:

Travel Mobility Scooters

Travel, or portable, scooters are compact vehicles that are typically foldable and are designed to fit into the boot of a car. Available in three and four-wheel designs, travel scooters are far lighter than other models and can sometimes be dismantled into two or three parts for easy transportation.

Travel scooters are popular options with anyone who enjoys day trips or holidays in their car, but who would benefit from the assistance of a mobility scooter whilst they’re out and about. If this sounds like you, check out our range of travel scooters.

Key features of travel scooters

  • Compact & lightweight design
  • Can be folded or dismantled
  • Designed to fit into a standard-sized car boot
  • Easy to store
  • Not suitable for use on roads
  • Average battery lasts for approximately 10 miles per charge

Three-Wheeled Mobility Scooters

Three-wheeled scooters are designed to be easy to manoeuvre, with a tight turning circle due to their single front wheel. This makes these models best for use at home or in shopping centres, where the ground is typically smooth but you may need to manoeuvre around shoppers or shelves.

Key features of three-wheeled scooters

  • Small turning radius for easy manoeuvrability
  • Can carry weights of around 135-150kg
  • Average battery lasts for approximately 20 miles per charge

Four-Wheeled Mobility Scooters

Four-wheeled mobility scooters are the most steady models on the market and are the best choice for those who plan to travel longer distances or across uneven surfaces. Unlike other models, four-wheel scooters can also be registered as road-worthy, which can appeal to some people.

Key features of four-wheeled scooters

  • Can be registered for road use
  • Four wheels make the scooter steady on uneven ground
  • Average battery lasts for approximately 30 miles per charge
  • Typically comes equipped with lights, mirrors and a horn
  • Suitable for heavier weights
  • Equipped with larger seat for added comfort

How To Care For Your Mobility Scooter

Like with any other vehicle, a mobility scooter is an investment that you expect to last you for years to come. That’s why it’s important to take proper care of your scooter. Here are our top tips for maintaining your mobility scooter:

  • Keep your scooter clean and dry
  • Allow your scooter’s battery time to fully charge – about 12 hours is right
  • Avoid driving over surfaces that could damage your tyres, such as broken glass
  • Keep your control panel protected from rain
  • Maintain appropriate tyre pressure
  • Avoid rips or tears in your seating, and fix such issues as soon as they arise

Enjoy Independence With A Balance Mobility Scooter

A mobility scooter can be the key to your independence, so what are you waiting for? Browse our range today to find the scooter that’s right for you.


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