Are you using a wheelchair or scooter? Perhaps you’ve seen one in your neighborhood or an elderly person who can move through her home on her own and easily as if riding the scooter, but on her chair. It’s referred to as Mobility Scooter. You’ve now become more intrigued about this type of vehicle. Let’s look at the details…
Let’s begin by learning more about wheelchairs. They are said to be in existence beginning in the 6th century when the first image of a wheelchair was created in stone. In the 16th century, the king Philip II of Spain was already using a wheelchair with arm and leg rests. The 1932 year saw the very first folding tubular wheelchair was designed by Engr. Harry Jennings. This was designed for a paraplegic’s friend, Herbert Everest.
Scooters, on the other hand originated from motorcycles. The first motorbikes that resembled scooters was manufactured in 1914 or before however their first patent was granted in 1921. They were designed primarily to be used for personal transportation.
The year was 1968. Allan R. Thieme from Bridgeport, Michigan,
called the Amigo. It was designed for a loved one in the family that was suffering from MS and was suffering from loss of mobility. This act of love for a loved one made an impact and sparked the whole “scooter” industry. Mr. Thieme’s concept of putting power into the manual wheelchair didn’t only make a huge difference to his family member as well as the whole disabled community around the world.
Mobility scooters can also be referred to as electric scooters, or power operated scooters or vehicles. They are, in the majority of cases utilized by those with restricted mobility. It’s ideal for people with shoulder or arm flexibility issues and those who do not have the endurance to be able to walk for an extended period of time and for those with an entire body or systemic condition that is limiting their mobility such as arthritis, lung or cerebral palsy, coronary problems or other.
The car was built with comfort and mobility in mind. The foot area typically is flat. The seat, like the manual wheelchair also comes with armrests and is positioned on top of the vehicle’s 2 rear wheels. Certain seats are designed to move to provide mobility and the comfort. The seat also has handlebars on the front that control one or two wheels that can be steered. The user must be in an upright position and sufficient strength in the shoulder and hand to operate the tiller’s steering mechanism.
Batteries are the most common energy source for mobility scooters. Modern designs are electric-powered and utilize rechargeable batteries. Based on the model they can travel for as long as 40 miles in a single charge. Due to this source of power mobility scooters can be used both indoors as well as outdoors.
There are two types that are available for mobility scooters. The first is the three-wheeled mobility scooters that are designed for narrow spaces and allow the ability to maneuver, which is why they are suggested for indoor use like in malls, homes and even supermarkets. It is also suitable to use in narrow lanes. Another option is the four-wheeled mobility scooter, which was specifically designed to provide more stability and balance to prevent slipping over.