Common Controls that can be found on a Mobility Scooter
For sufferers or circulation problems, multiple sclerosis, arthritis or other similar medical conditions, a mobility scooter can be very useful. These are extremely easy to use and should not be overwhelming for sufferers. If a person needs support to go around, these vehicles can be very useful if standing alone or walking for short distances is not very difficult. Mobility scooters might be regarded as a one-person car and can be found to be safer and more comfortable – not to forget more fun to ride to various places. Although there are various scooter models, they typically come with similar controls. Read on to know about some of the most common controls that can be found in mobility scooters.
Key start control
These scooters usually come with a start key to get them running and without this key, they stand immobile. This lets electric scooters to be left outside shops or even homes without the fear of having them getting stolen. No other individual can use them without this key. Disabled scooters come with a freewheel mode which helps riders to move them easily even when they are not turned on. It makes it easier to stack away mobility scooters and also transport them. The freewheel mode can also help when the scooter batteries are being charged and when they need to be moved.
Regenerative brakes can be found in mobility scooters and allows owners the peace of mind to leave these on slopes without the fear of the vehicle rolling away. In some models an emergency style brake, as can be found on bicycles, is fitted to allow greater security and safety.
Forward or reverse lever
The amount of pressure on the forward/backward lever determines the speed of a disabled scooter. The overall speed of these vehicles is influenced by a feature on the control panel known as the speed dial. It is better to settle for a lower speed setting when starting with disabled scoters. There is generally a switch on scooters of this type that are legal to be driven on the roads. This switch reduces the topmost speed of the vehicle and allows riders to use it on pavements without worries of breaking the law. For slowing down, riders simply need to release the forward/backward lever which can bring the vehicle to a halt.
A tiller, just as can be found on the handlebars of motorcycles and bicycles, can be found on scooters of this type. The tiller is generally of an adjustable variety, based on the scooter model, and can be dropped down often for transportation purposes. These scooters are generally driven with the help of fingers or thumb. This is known as a “wig wag” control and works on a similar principle as a “see saw.” Some of the models are driven by using a thumb push on the lever while the other ones are driven by finger pull on the lever – similar to a bicycle brake.