Hope you are all well!
Having just started to use this thing called “Blogging”, I feel like a little schoolboy again writing the essay “What I did in the Summer Holidays” – not knowing where to start – on returning back to school! (a while ago!) I really want to help people either on holiday or who live here on the coast with their mobility needs. So what I thought I would do is write a few words from the beginning for those who have never used mobility scooters before, and are thinking about if it would help them to enjoy their holiday a little more.
Having been in the industry for many years now, the one thing that happens 95% of the time is pride stops people from getting on the scooter for the first time.
“You’ll never get me on one of those things!!!”
But within 30 minutes of being on a scooter and getting to grips with the easy controls, the transformation in the person is absolutely wonderful. They realise that they can get to most places that any pedestrian can get to, and they can do so with so much ease and avoid some, or most of their pain or breathlessness. I’m not going to mention the new drivers that don’t realise that they are “out-walking” their friends and family who are desperately trying to “keep-up” with “Grandma” who now feels likes Stirling Moss! (I know – showing my age again…)
But how do you choose the mobility scooter that is right for you and your circumstances? So a few words to try and help.
Very simply, there are 3 types of mobility scooter:
1. Mini or Boot scooter
2. A medium size scooter.
3. A large one.
Stop me if I’m getting to technical 🙂 !
So let’s break them down in brief as to what they each can do – Pro’s and Con’s.
The Mini Scooter:
These scooters where designed to be broken down into 4 or 5 pieces, without tools, to make the manageable to go into a vehicle. Because they need to be the lightest as they can be, everything is smaller. The batteries, the seat, the length and width. They usually have no suspension and ideally only take a maximum weight of up to 18 stone – some will take up to 21 stone, but not ideal.
Transportable. The battery box can be taken out to take indoors to charge. Ideal for holidays on the coast – Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Marbella as some of the apartment blocks on the coast have very small lifts which these scooters usually are able to get into (check the size of your lift if you can). Great for negotiating shops and attractions on the coast.
The Con’s of the Mini Scooter are –
Due to the smaller battery they are suitable for short journeys. They do not cope very well with hills due to lack of power from the battery size. The ground clearance is about 2 inches high make some kerbs a little tricky to get down.
Take care in choosing the Mini scooter as it may not get you where you want it to. On holiday you tend to go a little further it one outing than you sometimes would at home. But if you only want it for short journeys it’s a real help in tight spots.
The Medium scooter”
Here we go up in class as such. Usually 3 times the battery power of the mini scooter and a lot more comfier too.
The Pro’s –
Further distance can be achieved – up to 20 miles’ish. The seats are bigger and more padded. They have suspension to help with a smoother ride for those who may have back issues. A higher ground clearance to help getting down the kerbs. They usually have lights and a bigger basket on the front to make shopping easier. will take around 20 stone user weight.
The Con’s –
Will not break down to go into a vehicle. The batteries usually do not come out, so to charge the scooter up you will need to be able to drive it close to an electric point. Will not go in the small lifts here on the coast.
The Large scooter.
These were designed to take more weight and go a further distance with ease. The seats are larger again and can also help with the taller person as well with more leg room.
The pro’s and con’s are similar to the medium scooter, but beware of the length of the scooter for manoeuvring around pavements and enclosed areas
A brief introduction to choosing your mobility scooter for the first time, whether it be to enhance your holiday experience or your day to day mobility if you are lucky enough to live here on the coast!
I hope it has helped a little. But for all your mobility questions be it scooters or daily living aids for the home do not hesitate to contact me on (0034) from the UK 952 44 77 64, or pop over to my website:
There you can send me an email for any help you require or look at all the scooters and hire equipment I have.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, but if there is topic you would like me to cover mobility wise, let me know and i will do my best!
For those looking to hire in September, October and November, please get your orders in as soon as your flight is booked. It is getting extremely busy for those periods and I wouldn’t want you to be dissapointed.
Better shoot off now… I can feel the pool calling!
Catch up with you all very soon.