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What is an Electric Scooter?

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An electric scooter is a battery-operated one-person capacity vehicle that is specially designed for people with low mobility. It is generally used by those who have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. Scooters are available in three common designs, those intended for indoor use, those for outdoor use, and those that are used for both. An electric scooter is different from a motorized wheelchair, in that the wheelchair is generally intended for indoor use and usually costs a great deal more.

An electric scooter may have three wheels or four. Since it runs on battery power, it does not create pollution. A typical electric scooter requires a pair of batteries, but the batteries are rechargeable. The length of time an electric scooter can run on each charge depends significantly on its battery's type and capacity. The most common batteries are advertised to run for about eight hours, and between 20-30 miles, before needing to be charged.

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Some people are a little wary of purchasing an electric scooter because they fear it will be difficult to operate. In fact, the control console makes it quite simple once a person gets the feel for it. Electric scooters are also equipped with advanced brake systems, so stopping is simple and comfortable. The brake begins to engage as soon as the operator lets off the throttle, so there is little chance for abrupt or jarring stops. Most scooters also have a parking brake to keep the electric scooter from rolling when parked.

If you or someone know is interested in obtaining an electric scooter, do some research to find out which option is best suited to your specific needs. Also, inquire as to whether or not insurance or Medicare will cover the cost. If the electric scooter is deemed necessary and prescribed by your healthcare provider, some or all of the cost may indeed be covered. It does require some red tape, but it may well be worth the effort. There are also electric scooter companies that promise to help you through all the paperwork in their advertisements.

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