Have you thought about what it will be like when you can’t drive your car? I mean, really thought about it? It will mean not being able to go anywhere without making complicated transportation arrangements. I know how bummed I am when my car is in the shop for even one day. I hate it. It isn’t even that I have to go somewhere; it is the just the idea that I can’t that bothers me.
I want a scooter. I want a little blue scooter like the one that Tom Hanks rides around in the movie Larry Crowne. I think red or yellow would be more me and I would like a sidecar, but that is all arbitrary. I just think it would be nice to be able to carry a sack of groceries or take the dog for a spin, but mostly I would feel more secure with an extra wheel. What do you think? The gas mileage would be fantastic.
In addition to the traditional scooter we are now seeing the revolutionary electric scooter. A growing number of seniors are seeing the electric scooter evolve above and beyond being a medical necessity. It is now becoming a lifestyle choice.
Older adults value the ability to manage daily tasks on their own. Mobility is very important to them. Loss of mobility/transportation often signifies a loss of independence. Being isolated and/or housebound puts a serious crimp in a previously enjoyed sense of freedom. Electric mobility-scooters are now being viewed by older people as a way to be in the mainstream again.
People who own scooter want to dispel the notion that scooters are just for “old people;” they are for anyone who wants to be able to go places and do things on their own. Users recommend not waiting until your driving days are over. Most of them feel that it is important to get one when you still feel brave and confident in your abilities, so that you can view it as a choice. You can learn how to maneuver a scooter even if you have never driven so don’t feel that driving is a prerequisite. The market is growing rapidly as the baby boomers enter their senior years.
Shop around and find a model that is right for you. Determine what you are going to use it for and then decide if a three or four wheel model would make you more comfortable. Make sure the seat is comfortable, the suspension is good and the grip is right for your hands. You want to feel that you are in control even if you are just making a trip to the library or to the grocery store. A scooter is not a car but it does have the potential to keep you mobile. Think how you will feel if you can shop, visit, go to meetings and appointments and other volunteer and leisure activities without calling on a friend or family member for a ride.
Buy the scooter of your choice, learn the rules of the road, and master the controls so that you can feel both confident and independent. Can’t you just picture yourself tooling around town in a little red scooter?