Those who suffer from health problems and issues that affect their mobility often have trouble walking and moving. This makes it very difficult to go to the store, the mall, or other areas that require a lot of walking. A mobility scooter can be used to help retain your independence and mobility. Mobility scooters were first introduced in the 1960's.
Since then their popularity and the technology behind them has greatly improved. Mobility scooters are personal movement devices that are powered by battery and can be used both indoors and out. If you frequently travel, then it is possible to purchase a travel scooter, which can be disassembled into several easy to handle pieces. Travel scooters are great for most indoor and paved areas, but if you plan on using it outdoors over rough terrain then you would probably be better off with a heavy duty mobility scooter. There are several different types in between as well, so it is possible to find one that will fit your specific requirements.
While now almost all mobility scooters are battery powered, a few still can be found that use gasoline as their power source. These types can be dangerous though for several reasons. You are at greater risk of fire, they can get very hot, and due to the fumes put off by these units, they can not be used indoors or in areas with poor ventilation. Instead battery power is much more reliable and safer. Some units can travel over 30 miles per charge and if you plan on doing a lot of traveling, you can always purchase an extra battery.
Deciding on the right mobility scooter for you will depend on several factors. Of course price is always a consideration, but most are very affordably priced. The places that you intend to use the unit and whether you need to be able to transport it easily are two important considerations.
Brad Brubaker is a writer for www.usmedicalsupplies.com. To learn more about mobility scooters or to learn about recreational scooters visit US Medical Supplies.