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Pavement Mobility Scooter Vs Road Mobility Scooter - Which is Best for You?

April 23, 2014 -
woman on a travel mobility scooter

When making a decision about what scooter you should buy one of the big questions that our customer ask is what is the difference between a road mobility scooter and a pavement mobility scooter and what is better. What is better depends very much on what you need from your scooter and where you want to go with it. To help you better identify the best fit for you we've provided you with a detailed description of both Pavement Mobility Scooters and Road Mobility Scooters and what these scooters are best used for.

Pavement Mobility Scooters

The Pavement Mobility Scooter is a great choice for those people who are looking to use their scooter to make journeys from their home to nearby locations that a Travel Mobility Scooter just can’t manage. Unlike most Travel Mobility Scooters the Pavement Mobility Scooter has a bigger motor and larger batteries, as well as a more robust design meaning that it can manage longer distances while at the same time providing a smoother more comfortable ride.

Another great benefit of the Pavement Mobility Scooter is that they possess a number of great features that set them apart from the Travel Mobility Scooter. Almost all Pavement Scooters come with a delta tiller bar which is a great feature for those who have limited strength in their hands or only have the use of one of their hands.

Additionally most pavement scooters can be adjusted to ensure the user is able to sit in the most comfortable position while still ensuring they remain secure in the scooter’s chair. Although the Pavement Mobility Scooter generally only has a maximum speed of 4 mph this allows it to legally travel on pavements and public footpaths which is great for those who do not feel confident travelling on the road.

What adds to both the safety and comfort of a Pavement Mobility Scooter is in built suspension which gives the scooter a smooth ride even on bumpy or uneven surfaces. Subsequently if you are looking for a Scooter that provides you with a great array of features, which is both safe and comfortable, then a pavement scooter is the way to go!

Road Mobility Scooter

Also known as the 6-8 mph road legal Mobility Scooter, the Road Mobility Scooter is the most powerful type of scooter on the market. Due to its large frame 6-8 mph Mobility Scooters are able to possess a large engine and bigger batteries allowing it to travel greater distance than most other scooters and can achieve greater speeds.

6-8 mph Mobility Scooters as a result of their greater speed must be driven on the road as the law prohibits scooter travelling over a speed of 4 mph on the pavement. Nonetheless there are some road scooters that possess two different modes. One where they can be used on the road and travel up to a speed of 8 mph. The other mode allows the scooter to travel on pavements by preventing the scooter from exceeding the 4 mph limit, ensuring the Road Mobility Scooter provides the best of both worlds.

To facilitate travelling on the road the 6-8 mph Mobility Scooter comes with features such as indicators, lights, horn and built in suspension which absorbs shock. The road scooter also possesses many options so that it can be adjusted to meet the requirements of almost any user, such as adjustable seat and extra leg room.

In addition 6-8 mph Mobility Scooters generally have more durable tyres allowing them to not only go on the road but also handle other difficult terrain, such as long grass, hills and woodlands. For those looking to travel longer journeys as fast possible the 6-8 mph Mobility Scooter can achieve all this, what’s more you don’t need a driving license or any other qualification to take them out on the road.

Which Mobility Scooter is right for me?

Which scooter is the best fit for you depends very much what you use your scooter for. If you’re looking to travel shorter distances and do not wish to travel on the road than the Pavement Scooter is the best option. On the other hand if you’re looking to travel further distances and time is at a premium than the more powerful 6-8 mph Mobility Scooter is the better option.

For this reason the best way to determine which scooter is for you is to consider how often you travel, where you are travelling to and the distance you wish to travel. View our whole range of mobility scooters..

Will Harrison
Will Harrison

Will Harrison is the founder of CareCo. He has worked in the mobility industry his entire life and grown CareCo from a grassroots business in his family home to the UK's leading mobility retailer with nationwide mobility showrooms and operating in the global market.

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