SAFETY FIRST! Learn about our response to Covid-19

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Scooter

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Scooter

Power scooters can be very beneficial for people with mobility issues who need just a little extra help to get around. But, how do you know if a scooter is the right choice for you?

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Scooter

Mobility scooters are controlled through a steering column, known as the tiller. Similar to the handlebars on a bicycle, the tiller requires the rider's arms to remain outstretched, with the upper body fully erect, for the duration of the ride. This is different from the way a majority of standard power wheelchairs are driven, wherein the steering mechanism is a joystick controller that's located conveniently on the chair's side armrest.

When deciding if a power mobility scooter is the most appropriate choice, potential users are well advised to consult with a physician for complete a mobility evaluation. They should also address the following important questions.

  • Will the mobility vehicle be used primarily for activities outside of the home?
  • Can the intended user successfully get around inside the home with minimal difficulty?
  • Does the intended user have the capacity to follow instructions for maneuvering the power operated vehicle?
  • Does the intended user have the dexterity, strength and physical ability to sit upright, steer the tiller and manage the controls of the mobility scooter for extended periods of time?
  • Could severe mobility constraints, minimum strength and/or a qualifying range of other disabilities interfere with safe operation of a power scooter?

Does a power scooter seem to be the right choice for you?

Our dedicated team will gladly help you to obtain the best-suited electric mobility scooter for your specific needs.


This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. All information is general in nature and may not necessarily apply to everyone and every situation.

July 24, 2012
Posted in: Mobility Scooters
By The Hoveround Team
More from this author