The first mobility scooter was built by Allan R. Thieme in 1968. His first functional scooter was a front wheel drive model that he built at his home. He dubbed it the Amigo and it became the start of something big. Mobility scooters are great for people who have trouble getting around their home or outside. In fact that is the reason that Thieme came up with the idea in the first place. One of his family members had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis - which is a very debilitating disease.
A mobility scooter is a great way for people who cannot walk easily to get around. It is easy to use and affordable for anyone who needs it. A scooter has a seat that sits over two wheels. There is a small flat area on the bottom where you place your feet, handlebars in the front that help you maneuver. Because the front of the electric scooter manufacturer is blocked by the handlebars the seats can swivel in order to make it easier for you to sit in.
Most mobility scooters run off of batteries. One or sometimes two batteries are kept on the scooter and can be charged through a separate battery charger unit. Sometimes the unit may be attached to the scooter. There are a few scooters powered by gasoline - but many of them have been replaced with the electric scooter models because they are easier to care for.
Driving in one of these scooters is very simple once you have learned where all of the controls are and what they are for. The steering column (also known as the tiller) can be found in the front of the scooter. The tiller has been built with speed controls and reverse/forward directions. You can move around in the scooter through three different options; finger controls, a switch, and thumb paddles. If you have any questions as to how to operate a mobility scooter you should ask the dealer you purchased from.