Folding Mobility Scooters: Your Perfect Summer Companion

Elderly gentleman riding folding mobility scooters for summer lightweight
Elderly gentleman riding folding mobility scooters for summer lightweight

A Solution For Summer

Enjoying the outdoors can benefit your physical and mental wellbeing in multiple ways, from improved breathing and sleep, to vitamin D increase and psychological restoration. While many people in the UK flock to the outdoors to enjoy the summer sun, making the most of any good weather can be a challenge for those who rely on mobility aids to manage pain and get around. Whether you’re planning on taking a trip abroad or domestically, or just want to socialise in green spaces close to home, a folding scooter could be the perfect solution for you.

Lightweight and adaptable, there are endless benefits to folding scooters that make them the perfect summertime companion.

Below, we’ve rounded up just a few of these key benefits to help you decide if a folding mobility scooter is the right fit for your needs.

Lightweight

Transporting mobility scooters can sometimes be a challenge for those who use them, and their carers or companions.

Folding mobility scooters are designed to be more lightweight and easier to handle, making them ideal for trips out. On average, folding mobility scooters weigh between 15 – 40 kg, a huge contrast to their larger standard scooters.

Drive Devilbiss Manual Fold+ Red folding mobility scooter
The Drive Manual Fold+ Mobility Scooter is only 19.8kg, making it up to 3kg lighter than the original range.

Easy to Store

Due to their reduced weight, size, and foldability, folding scooters are much easier to store at home.

Wherever you keep it, your folding scooter will take up minimal space, saving on room and reducing the hazard of tripping over it. This also means they can be transferred to a vehicle in one trip, as opposed to having to move multiple disassembled parts, as is the case with most car boot scooter models.

Monarch Mobility MobiFree Lightweight Folding Mobility Scooter Red Folded
The versatile Monarch MobieFree Mobility Scooter boasts a unique manual folding system. Opening and closing in only 5 seconds

Portable

Thanks to their weight and folding nature, your folding scooter will easily fit into most car boots. If you don’t have access to a car, they can also be taken folded onto public transport with little hassle, such as trains. If you are planning a long train journey with a motorised mobility aid, be sure to check if the rail service you’re using provides assistance for disabled passengers, and consider the benefits of a Disabled Persons Railcard.

Monarch Mobility Smarti Folding Mobility Scooter Blue Folding
The Monarch Smarti Mobility Scooter improves on a folding scooter that has been a favourite option for over a decade.

Airline Friendly

Many light folding mobility scooters feature removable lithium-ion batteries, making them airline approved for most providers, so you don’t have to experience your holiday without your scooter. This is a lifeline for many users who rely on their scooter to get from A to B.

Always be sure to check directly with your airline to see what restrictions they might have on what mobility devices you are allowed to bring, and also to see how they can assist you as a disabled traveller.

For more information on preparing to travel aboard as a disabled passenger, take a look at our helpful blog on the subject.

Electric folding mobility scooter Rascal Smilie Orange
The durable Rascal Smilie Mobility Scooter‘s easy-to-fold mechanism allows you to fold the scooter manually for easy transportation and storage

Folding Powerchairs

Folding powerchairs also feature many of the same benefits as folding scooters, but the steering mechanisms are fundamentally different. Mobility scooters feature handlebars, while powerchairs are operated via an electronic joystick on the arm of the chair.

Which option is best for you comes down to personal preference, and we would suggest testing both in person before buying to see what suits your needs best. Our mobility specialists are here to help you through this process.

Monarch Mobility Smarti Folding Mobility Scooter Blue Dash
R Healthcare Dash Dashi Lightweight Folding Powerchair

The Right Choice for You

Folding mobility scooters and powerchairs can open up a new world of freedom and exploration for users, facilitating them to regain independence and battle isolation. To find the right folding mobility scooter for you this summer, please get in touch or come into one of our three branches, where our friendly experts can help you test different options and select a scooter that suits your goals and requirements.

Since 1997, Modern Mobility has followed one simple motto. Family values delivered the modern way. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond for you, which is why we’ll be happy to help you discover the right mobility solutions.

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