New Scooters

It’s important to make the best choice so you get the scooter that is right for you.

Mobility scooters are available in different sizes and with many different features.

We only stock the Merits and Pride range of scooters – we know they are good quality and will give you many years of independence.

Second Hand Scooters

All our second hand mobility scooters have been thoroughly checked and tested in our workshop.

How long do scooters last?

The length of time that your mobility scooter will last depends on how often you use it, and how your care for it.

A well cared for, and regularly serviced scooter should last around five to ten years depending on usage.

Scooters are designed to be durable and can withstand a variety of environmental conditions. When you are not using your scooter where you leave it can affect how long it lasts.  Exposure to high temperatures will affect its longevity, effectiveness, and recharging process. Heat and condensation are the sources of mobility scooter’s electric problems. Storing your mobility scooter in a cool and dry place when its battery is fully charged will ensure it serves you longer.

You also need to ensure that your scooter is repaired promptly if it needs it. Riding your scooter when it needs repair can shorten its lifespan because it puts a strain on the motor and moving parts and may cause more problems.

Driving Tips

It’s important that you understand that you must obey the same rules as pedestrians when using your scooter.

  • Drive on the footpath or nature strip wherever possible; only use the road if there’s no other option.
  • Think about hazards like rough and/or uneven terrain, potholes, dips, busy crossings or roadworks and consider if there are other routes that may be longer, but safer to take
  • Plan your trip and the route you are going to take before you set out.
  • Check the weather, so you can take a raincoat and a cover for the scooter, (or at least the electronic controls) and choose a route that has shelter. If it starts to rain, take shelter – even under a shop’s awning – and wait for the rain to stop, it doesn’t often rain continually for hours, so you may only be delayed by 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Always travel up and down ramps and inclines in as straight a line as possible to avoid tipping the scooter over.
  • Make turns slowly and avoid sudden movements.
  • Don’t stop and get off your scooter on an incline
  • Before you get off the scooter, remove the key and put it in your pocket or purse. This reduces the likelihood of the scooter moving accidently.
  • Secure loose clothing, keep scarves and long coats and tops secure, so they do not get trapped in the wheels.
  • Ensure that any load you carry will not over-balance your scooter and that it does not interfere with your controls or your ability to see where you are going and what is happening around you.
  • Ensure your seat is no higher than necessary. The lower the seat, the better the stability.
  • It is best not to hang objects/bags from the handles of the scooter.
  • Don’t drive your scooter with under-inflated tyres. This compromises the stability and efficiency of the scooter.
  • Use pedestrian crossings or cross at spots with high visibility.
  • Don’t cross from behind parked cars or other obstructions.
  • Increase the visibility of your scooter by using a safety flag and wear light coloured clothing.
  • Travel on the right-hand side of the road – facing any oncoming traffic.
  • Keep as close to the edge of the road as possible, but not so close that you are in danger of coming off the edge and losing balance if there is a drop off edge.
  • If there is low light, or its starting to get dark wear bright or white clothing and make sure you turn the scooter lights on.

Suitability to Drive

You may want to check with your GP about your suitability to use a mobility scooter, especially if you have a condition that prevents you from driving safely.

There are a few essential skills required for the safe use of a mobility scooter. Consider your:

  • Hearing coordination
  • Strength
  • Physical balance
  • Endurance
  • Muscle or joint stiffness
  • Vision perception
  • Concentration
  • Reaction time

Mobility Scooter Tuition

If you have not driven a scooter before, some basic training may make you feel more confident, even if you have driven a car.

Scooters are much easier to drive than a car, but there are still some pitfalls to be aware of. We will provide you with lots of advice so that you drive safely.

You’ll learn how to use the scooter indoors, and how to safely move along the footpath and cross roads.

We can provide advice on how to store your scooter at home.

We can provide in-home demonstrations where we come to your home and show you a range of scooters, that way you can test them out and get a good idea of their suitability in your home environment.

Scooter Accessories

Mobility scooter accessories can add to the comfort of your scooter.

Accessories that are available inclued: Flags, Rear basket, Rear bag, Folding sun canopy, Fixed sun canopy, Cane Holder and more.

Batteries

Good quality batteries will ensure your mobility scooter runs smoothly and works when you need it.

Proper battery maintenance will help you get the most from your scooter ‘s battery, but it will eventually need replacing.

We have a comprehensive range of durable replacement batteries and can you help you select the correct battery for your scooter.

Electric Wheelchairs

A powered wheelchair provides the benefits of a wheelchair with the ease of a motorised mobility aid.

Powered wheelchairs are a good option for those who have difficulty walking and limited arm, hand or upper body strength/movement.

This type of wheelchair can eliminate the need for a carer to push the chair, and therefore provide more independence for the user.

Electric wheelchairs have a smaller turning circle than a mobility scooter, which makes them a better option to use in your home or in an aged care facility.

Powered wheelchairs are generally steered using a joystick, which allows for more control and less strength need by the arms or hand. Some wheelchairs are configured to allow steering by a person’s fingertips.

These wheelchairs allow you to manoeuvre closer to tables, beds and baths than a mobility scooter

Want to know more?

We can help you choose the best scooter for your needs