The use of power-driven mobility scooters like the 4 wheel mobility scooter is projected to exceed power wheelchair use in the US and UK.
It is common to see mobility scooters on pedestrian walkways nowadays. Here are the top reasons for the growing popularity of the 4 wheel mobility scooter:
- Growing aging population
In the US, UK and other developed countries, the population of older adults (aged 65 and over) is growing dramatically.
- Better design
Scooters are impressive-looking machines. The design looks less of a wheelchair and looks more like a vehicle.
- Promotes independence among elders
The May et al. study showed that there is an increasing use of mobility scooters by older people in South Australia. The May et al. study further showed that these assistive devices were predominantly used for getting to and from shops and visiting family and friends.
- Travel a distance
The May et al. study showed that users use this assistive technology 3 to 5 times each week and travelled between 2 to 5 kilometers from their home.
- Easy to operate
The Drive Medical Spitfire EX 1420 4 wheel mobility scooter, for example, features “delta” handles for the most comfortable control for users with dexterity or limited hand strength. This impressive technology also has an adjustable angle tiller.
- No driver’s license needed
One is not legally required to hold a driver’s license to drive a mobility scooter. This technology is considered as invalid carriages. This means that a 4 wheel mobility scooter can be driven on pavements and pedestrian walkways.
To ensure the safe use of the 4 wheel mobility scooter, the user must pass these criteria:
-Mental capacity to operate the 4 wheel mobility scooter;
-Upper body strength (enough strength and coordination in the arms, good balance and trunk control while sitting);
-Can walk even for short distance; and
-Can sit down and stand up from a chair.
Under Disabilities Act (ADA), establishments must allow people with disabilities who use power-driven mobility device like the 4 wheel mobility scooter into their facilities, unless a specific type of device cannot be accommodated due to legitimate safety requirements.