Mobility scooters and buggies may be a good means to enable you to remain independent, giving you the ability to visit the shops, family and friends whenever you wish.
However, rushing into buying a scooter may turn out to be a very expensive mistake. You need to consider first which scooter best suits your requirements and also which retailer to buy from.
Mobility scooters and buggies are split into two main classes:
Class 2 mobility scooters or buggies can travel up to 4mph on pavements and are allowed on roads to cross them (DLF, 2006), (Directgov, 2011) and (DfT, 2011).
Class 3 mobility scooters tend to be larger, have lights and can be used on the road and travel up to 8mph (Directgov, 2011).
If you have difficulties or a medical condition that may affect safe driving, it is advisable to consult a health professional to decide if a scooter is suitable (Government of South Australia, 2008).
The Department for Transport has issued a guidance document for scooter users Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs on the road - some guidance for users