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Mobility scooter checklist

What do you need to look for when getting a mobility scooter?
Here's a checklist which you can print or use on your mobile phone when you're looking at scooters.

Before you start looking, ask yourself:

  • Where do you want your scooter to go? On the road? On the pavement? Inside shops?
  • Do you want it to fit in your car boot? Or on public transport?
  • How much space have you got to store it? And charge it?
  • How much do you want to pay, and how will you fund it?
  • Have you had any expert advice, eg from an OT?
  • Do you know where you can try out scooters before buying?

When trying out a mobility scooter, ask yourself:

  • Can you sit comfortably in the seat and reach all the controls?
  • Is there enough space for your legs?
  • Can you do all of the following things with the controls?
       - Reach and grip the tiller to steer
       - Recognise and understand all the controls
       - Use buttons, switches and dials without pain or discomfort
       - Read the speedometer (if there is one)
       - Read the battery measure
  • Can you adjust the position of the tiller and the seat, on your own if necessary?
  • Can you slow down, stop, turn and reverse confidently?
  • Can you steer around obstacles?
  • Do you feel stable driving on a flat surface, and on slopes if necessary?

See also: our scooter search.

The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers is a UK consumer research charity. We don't sell products. Search online by product name to find suppliers.
Our unbiased research with real scooter users aims to help you choose the mobility scooter that will work best for you.

Last updated: May 2018

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