FAQ FOR INVACARE MOBILITY SCOOTERS

Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand the use of Mobility Scooters

For Invacare Mobility Scooters

Are there a range of Invacare mobility scooters I can choose from?

There are many mobility scooters models to choose from, ranging from small indoor ones to large footpath mobility scooters.  At Gatmans Mowers&More we have the full range for you to trial if you wish. They all feel different to ride, have different range, weight capacities, controls and function.  You need to try a selection to see what one suits your particular need.  One size does not fit all!

Should I charge my Invacare mobility scooter after each ride or can I wait until the battery gauge reads empty?

It is important you recharge your mobility scooters batteries after each ride – even if you have not travelled far.  The batteries do not like to be left partially or fully discharged and will shorten their life.  Always charge your batteries in accordance with the manufactures recommendations.

Is it ok to leave my Invacare mobility scooter plugged into the battery charger all the time?

No.  If you are using your mobility scooter at least 3 times a week it is ok to leave it on constantly.  If you are only using it once a week or less then you need to unplug the charger once it is fully charged.  If it is not being used for an extended period, charge the batteries up at least once a month.  Always charge your batteries in accordance with the manufactures recommendations.

Can I ride my Invacare mobility scooter in the rain?

No.  Invacare Mobility scooters are ‘splashproof’ not ‘waterproof’.  What this means is if you get caught in a light shower of rain and cannot find shelter it is ok to keep riding.  If it is a downpour try to get out of the rain as soon as possible. Your mobility scooter has electronics on it and if they get wet it could be an expensive repair.

Do I need a license to ride my Invacare mobility scooter?

No.

Does my Invacare mobility scooter need a warrant of fitness and/or registration?

No.

Should I insure my Invacare mobility scooter?

Yes.  Most insurance companies will add your mobility scooter to your current home contents cover.  Make sure you value it as replacement, not what you paid for it and that it is covered for accidental damage whilst you are out and about riding it as well.

How do I clean my Invacare mobility scooter?

Use a warm, damp non abrasive cloth and some mild detergent and wipe the mobility scooter down.  Never use harsh chemical cleaners, abrasive cloths or wash the scooter with a hose.

What is the weight capacity of my Invacare mobility scooter?

All mobility scooters have a maximum weight carrying capacity or weight limit. This can range from 70kg up to 250kg depending on the size and type of mobility scooter.  Always allow for ‘luggage weight’ (shopping) and weight fluctuations. Never exceed your mobility scooters manufactures weight limit recommendations.

Does my Invacare mobility scooter need any ongoing servicing?

Whilst it is not essential to have a regular service & safety inspection it is recommended for your safety and peace of mind.  Regular servicing should increase your mobility scooters life and save on costly repairs that may have been prevented. Gatmans Mowers&More can do this for you as they have technicians who are trained to service the Invacare range.

Am I allowed to carry passengers on my Invacare mobility scooter?

No.  Unless you have a factory double seat fitted it is not safe to carry passengers.

Can I ride my Invacare mobility scooter after having a few drinks at my local?

No.  You can be charged with using a mobility scooter whilst under the influence of alcohol (or drugs) and the mobility scooter may be confiscated.

What do I do if I have an accident on my Invacare mobility scooter?

If you have had an accident and injured somebody or damaged property you must report it to the Police wthin 48 hours.  Failure to do this may result in fines. It is also recommended to get usto inspect your mobility scooter for any damage that could make your mobility scooter dangerous to ride.

I have a steep driveway, can I ride my Invacare mobility scooter up and down it?

Most mobility scooters have a recommended maximum safe gradient angle of 12º.  If you are unsure please ask.

How long do batteries last?

Typically three to five years but depends entirely on how they are used. Batteries only accept so many discharge/recharge cycles before they wear out and this can be greatly decreased if they are left flat or not charged correctly. Always charge your batteries in accordance with the manufactures recommendations.

Do the tyres on my Invacare mobility scooter require air like a car?

Yes.  Most mobility scooter are pnuematic (air filled).  If you ride over a piece of glass or other sharp object you may get a puncture.

What pressure should I put into my Invacare mobility scooters tyres?

On the side of the tyres there is a maximum pressure reading however around 30psi seems to suit most mobility scooters.

How far can I ride my Invacare mobility scooter before the batteries go flat?

This will depend on the size and age of the batteries you have in your mobility scooter.  They could go anywhere between 10km and 70km.

What do I do if my Invacare mobility scooter breaks down or gets a puncture during my ride as I can’t walk far?

Your Invacare mobility scooter comes with a complimentary AA roadside assistance membership where if your mobility scooter does break down or get a puncture the AA will get you and your mobility scooter home.  They do not repair the mobility scooter but do get you home. The team at Gatmans Mowers&More will then take care of your Invacare Mobility Scooter and get you back on the move again.

Is there an age limit to riding an Invacare mobility scooter?

No.  So long as you are able to safely ride and control the mobility scooter there is no age limit young or old.

My friends tell me I’m not safe when riding my Invacare mobility scooter anymore.  I feel fine, what should I do?

Contact Age Concern or Occupational Therapist and ask them for an assessment on your riding skills.  It may be that you just need some more training.

Am I allowed to ride my Invacare mobility scooter on the road?

No.  You are classed as a pedestrian and must use a footpath if one is available and useable.  If there is no footpath or it is unusable then you can use the extreme left hand side of the road.

Am I allowed to ride my Invacare mobility scooter into my favourite shops as I cannot walk far?

Yes.  Providing there is enough room to safely operate the mobility scooter inside the shop.

Who gives way – mobility scooter riders or pedestrians?

You both give way to each other as you both have a right to the footpath.

Some mobility scooters pass mine at speed.  Is there a speed limit for mobility scooters?

Unless a local council has a bylaw there is no speed limit.  However, the law states you must not ride at a speed that endangers others.  Always travel at the same speed as those surrounding you

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