You have decided that you want to acquire a mobility scooter to ease your mobility challenges. There are many things to consider when choosing a mobility scooter. While some people will consider the styling, speed, and range, others will check the scooter’s weight capacity. Alongside the weight capacity is the comfort the scooter provides, and of course durability.
Most manufacturers have taken the mass capacity in the production of mobility scooters.
There is no definite answer for the maximum weight capacity for a scooter. However, many manufacturers have categorized their scooters to carry specific mass. Which is usually indicated in the scooter manual. Most high mass capacity mobility scooters range between 350 lbs. and 450 lbs.
Nonetheless, it is important to specify and discuss your preference with your chosen store or supplier and they will be in a position to assist you to choose the right scooter.
Before investing, it is important to consider the importance of maximum mass capacity allowed in your choice of motorized scooters. The maximum capacity mass will also define whether you will be able to carry a passenger on your scooter.
Weight capacity as the definite factor
While safety, durability, body size of the rider and intended use are all important factors to consider when choosing a mobility scooter. The maximum capacity weight should also factored in when buying a mobility scooter. Larger users, whose body weights in the excess of 350 pounds and above, may need to consider durability and stability.
To get the best deal, it is important to know your total weight and height, the weight of the passenger you intend to carry, the seating options you prefer, and whether it’s for outdoors usage or on rugged terrains.
Carrying a passenger on your mobility scooter
Different mobility scooters often designed for different needs. Many lightweight mobility scooter models are portable and are more beneficial to smaller users who prefer their compactness and ease of maneuverability. On the contrary, larger-sized mobility scooters are heavier and can carry heavier users.
The decision to carry a passenger on your mobility should informed by the design of your scooter and the maximum weight capacity allowed on the scooter. As such, does your scooter have a passenger seat? This is because the comfort and safety of your scooter are paramount when you in use.
Squeezing a passenger where there is no passenger seat not recommended. Secondly, it is important to check the maximum weight allowed on your mobility scooter, which should include your weight, the weight of the passenger, and any other extra weight of the luggage carried on the scooter.
While some scooters can carry extra weight, more than the manufacturer recommended weight, it is important to take into consideration the fact that this will increase the wear and tear of your scooter. The least you want from your scooter is to get stuck on the way because it’s broken out of overload.