Mobility Scooter Showroom As a rapidly changing and developing nation, Britain is known for being home to a number of different things. For example, whilst our railways look more than a little chaotic compared to those of Italy, France, and Switzerland, behavioural studies suggest that we are the most generous country in the region. We are also – and this is one which might take you by surprise – the mobility scooter capital of Europe. There are now more than a quarter of a million mobility scooters in the UK, and this is increasing rapidly. We are all living much longer than we used to and demanding a better quality of existence in the interim. If you suffer from any kind of physical impairment and find walking a struggle, a solid and reliable mobility scooter is a great way to retain your freedom and continue enjoying your life. This guide to shopping for mobility scooters in Suffolk and learning how to ride them safely will help you to start conquering your world again.

Always Shop Carefully

The first step is, obviously, to make sure that you invest in a mobility scooter which is right for you and your lifestyle. Fortunately, there are hundreds of different models of mobility scooters in Suffolk, so you should not be hard pressed for choice. The most important decision usually relates to classification; do you need a Class 3 mobility scooter which can legally be driven on the road or is a pavement vehicle (Class 2) enough to meet your needs? You are not required to pass a driving test to operate either of these vehicles.

Practice Makes Perfect

Once you have found the perfect mobility scooter for you, do not forget to take it for a spin in a safe and controlled environment. This is particularly important if you have never driven a scooter before, but long time drivers are also advised to practice if they buy an unfamiliar model. The last thing that you want is to get out onto the pavement and instantly barrel into a crowd of shoppers; experiment with the controls before you head out.

Keep the Battery Juiced

As with the engine on a car, if you leave a mobility scooter in storage with a flat battery for long periods, the electric components will become degraded. So, even if you only take your scooter out infrequently, you still need to recharge the battery at least once a month. Whilst shopping for mobility scooters in Suffolk, make sure that you ask about routine maintenance and care.

Respect the Weight Limit

You will find that most mobility scooters come with a front or rear basket (sometimes both). This is designed for carrying shopping bags and other items, but it will have an upper weight limit, so be careful when loading. Whilst the modern mobility scooter is a hardy thing and can handle a fairly hefty load, if you exceed this limit, the vehicle could sway, lean, or even tip over altogether. You should, therefore, adhere to weight restrictions and resist the temptation to put shopping bags on the handlebars too, as this can affect steering.

Avoid Scooting Under the Influence

Whilst the thought of a drunk and disorderly scooter driver weaving across pavements and narrowly avoiding pedestrians elicits a chuckle from most, it happens more often than you might think – and it can result in a trip to the emergency room. This is why you should avoid operating a mobility scooter after even a very minimal amount of alcohol. If you are taking prescription medication, check with your doctor that it will not make you drowsy. The image is not so funny if it involves erratic driving on a main road, so follow the rules and stay safe. To find out more about how investing in a mobility scooter could change your life or to shop for top quality mobility scooters in Suffolk, why no visit AGA Mobility Systems or call on 01449 720809 and arrange a viewing today.