Safety Flag for HS928 Scooter

A bright orange safety flag to attach to your mobility scooter to ensure you're seen.

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Scooter Safety Flag for use with CTM HS928 scooter.  Easily attached to scooter frame and stands 1500 mm high.

How do I choose the right scooter for my height and weight?

Each scooter has a clear list of manufacturer’s specifications.  Make sure that you compare weight capacities for each scooter you are considering. You also need to consider the overall length of the scooter based on your height. If your height is less than 5’5”, you should consider scooters that have an overall length of 1050 mm. If you are taller than 5’5”, it’s likely you’ll need more leg room so look for larger models that will ensure a comfortable ride.

Can I try before I buy?

Absolutely – like a car, you need to know how each possible option feels like to drive.  All reputable dealers will offer a no obligation trial at your home, which allows you to test drive it in the environment that you will be using it in. Another option is to visit your local shopping mall and try one of the rental ones that they have available. This will give you a good feel for driving a scooter and help you to gain confidence to use it in a public area.

When testing different models make sure that the controls are easy to see, reach, grip and use for long periods.

Are there any ongoing maintenance costs for a scooter?

Like a car, we suggest regular maintenance between every six to twelve months, depending on how often you use it and how far you drive it. Batteries and tyres are the two parts that do need replacing. Specific replacement timeframes for these depend on how much the scooter is used and if it is charged regularly whilst following the manufacturer’s recommendations.

How do I charge a scooter?

Each scooter comes with a battery charger that plugs into the electrical socket in the wall and then plugs into a charging point on the scooter. It is very easy to do - just ask to be shown this as part of your scooter demonstration.

Are there scooters that I can travel with or take in the car?

There are a number of scooters that can easily fold up or disassemble for transport – either in a car or to take on a plane. Generally these are a smaller style of scooter which may not be suitable if you are a larger person.

What is the difference between a scooter and a powerchair?

Good question – both definitely have their advantages as follows:

Advantages of powerchairs

Advantages of mobility scooters

Are more compact

Tiller provides stability

Have a smaller turning radius so are easier to manoeuvre in small spaces

Have more capacity to carry more items such as groceries

Mid wheel drive powerchairs turn on their own radius so allow the user to get very close to spaces like the table or kitchen bench

Can feel more stable

Can be driven with very limited strength and hand function

Easier to immobilise (lock) if you want to leave it outside a shop/house while not in use

Have built in capacity to traverse obstacles and rougher surfaces

Smaller scooters are easily transportable and easier to dissemble than a powerchair

Can be driven with just one hand

Generally lower cost

Can be more easily configured, including different programming, to better suit an individual’s needs

 

Do you need to have a driver’s license to drive a scooter?

No - you don’t need to have a license to drive a scooter and in fact it is really common for many people to start using scooters when they lose their license due to old age or ill health. However, you must be responsible when driving and you need to ensure that you drive the scooter safely and sensibly, especially when using footpaths that are also used by other people. For this reason, users with visual, perceptual or learning difficulties should seek medical advice before considering purchasing a scooter.

Can I get funding to help me purchase a scooter?

You can apply to the Lotteries Grant Scheme for Individuals with Disabilities to request a grant to purchase a mobility scooter (or powered wheelchair). These fixed amount grants can then be used to purchase a mobility scooter of your choice. Click here to go to the Lotteries website where you can complete the form. Our dealers are also very familiar with this form and will be able to assist you in completing it in case you get stuck.

Is there anywhere that I shouldn’t take my scooter?

Scooters are not generally designed to be taken off road or to the beach. Sand, water and excessive mud have the potential to damage the motors and gears and also will void any warranties.

Also be aware that slopes, kerbs and rough ground can make your scooter unstable. Make sure you know what it can handle and also be aware of how well balanced you are when driving.

What happens if my scooter breaks down when I am out and about?

All of our mobility scooters come with AA Roadside Assist, which means that one of their team (or a subcontractor) will get both you and your scooter home safely.

A final word of advice – once you have purchased a scooter, make sure that you get it insured to cover it against theft, accidents and third-party claims. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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