Scooters like the 3 wheel mobility scooter are increasingly used by older people in the United States.
Many older adults in the U.S. cannot anymore travel as they used to do. Many cannot anymore drive their car.
At least 30 percent of older people (65 years old and older) report difficulty walking three city blocks, this according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For many of these older adults, the 3 wheel mobility scooter restores their ability to move from place to place on their own terms.
The study called “Being mobile: electric mobility-scooters and their use by older people” by May et al. showed the increasing use of scooters like the 3 wheel mobility scooter. The May study found that this mobility aid was used mostly for getting to and from shops, visiting friends and family. The same study also found that users travelled between two and five kilometers from their home with this vehicle.
3-Wheeled Versus 4-Wheeled
The following are the differences between the 3 wheel mobility scooter and 4 wheel mobility scooter:
With one wheel less, the 3 wheel mobility scooter is lighter than the 4-wheeled type. The Spitfire EX 3 wheel mobility scooter can be disassembled into 5 pieces for easy transport or storage.
The 3 wheel mobility scooter has two wheels in the back and one separate wheel in the front. The Spitfire EX’s 3-wheel configuration makes it ideal for indoor use. The 46” turning radius of this mobility aid makes it great in negotiating indoor obstacles.
Compared to the 4-wheeled type, the 3-wheeled type has more legroom. This is convenient for users who are tall and those prone to knee aches and leg stiffness.
4. Outdoor use
While the 3-wheeled type is great for indoor maneuverability, this assistive technology is also great for outdoor use. The Spitfire EX, in particular, has a flat-free, non-marking tires for worry-free travel. It has two battery options: 12AH for up to 9 miles travel and 21AH for up to 15 miles travel. The top speed for this mobility device is 5 miles per hour.