Expecting Too Much From A Mobility Scooter

I saw that someone had recently searched for “a trailer with child seat for mobility scooter” and at first I was thinking that they might be thinking of something else, but I do think that the person who has searched for this has literally been looking for a trailer that can be attached to a mobility scooter that they could then have a child seated in to tow along with them.

If that is the case then I think this is where you need to stop and think for a moment and to remind yourself of what a mobility scooter is intended for, I think that its a bad idea to try transporting anyone other than yourself on your mobility scooter but also they are not designed to start performing all sorts of jobs.

Some are intended for more heavy duty use, whereas some are more suited to lightweight use like taking them around the supermarket, sure you can carry some light shopping on them and there are plenty of accessories available to help you transport your crutches or walking stick and other manageable items as these are intended to assist you further if needed when not on your mobility scooter of course but trying to make a mobility scooter do a wide range of tasks that it was not built for is generally a bad idea.

Just in the same way that any other mode of transport will experience problems sooner if you use it incorrectly, so too will a mobility scooter if you expect too much from it and try to use it in a way that was not intended by the manufacturer.

You will probably be paying out more often for repairs and spare parts too and there is a greater risk of doing more serious damage to your mobility scooter and yourself if you choose to use it other than what it was built for.

If you need to transport more than a few items and yourself and possibly for a longer distance than normal then it is worth considering whether the mobility scooter is the right choice for those types of journeys and that it might be better to arrange for a vehicle to take you on your journey, this doesn’t mean that you have to be without a mobility scooter for a particular journey but its important that you have the right type of assistance for at least the part of the journey that might become difficult to manage with the use of a mobility scooter only.

10 Responses

  1. Mr FJ Sonnex
    Mr FJ Sonnex at |

    I like to take my wife/carer on local walks with me but find it anti social, almost impossible, to enjoy with her beside me. It would be so much better if she could hop on & off a simple light weight 2 caster wheel trailing platform behind me ,as though wheeling a wheelchair. Is there such a thing? I can imagine it would be very popular & simple to design for attachment to the seat accessory mounting.

    1. Tracy Locke
      Tracy Locke at |

      Disabled people do have children so indeed may want a trailer just as able bodied people who use bicycles may want a trailer for their children. I wonder if your issue is not so much with the trailer idea as with disabled people pro creating.

  2. nigel
    nigel at |

    the TGA super sport is available with a double seat
    designed for the larger user this is the only safe option

  3. eric roberts
    eric roberts at |

    Hi i think that this will be the next big thing, i have seen aguy who built a trailer that attached it to his scooter for carting garden rubbish to the local tip. it is only a matter of time?
    thanks eric roberts

  4. Peri
    Peri at |

    What the negative reponse to you should only carry herself has failed to think of is those few folks like me.

    In my 30s with a very young baby, messed up because medical folk missed my problem before I fell pregnant, and now I need a scooter to do things outside the house without massive pain and at a decent speed rather than all day.

    I am looking for a mobility scooter, that will allow me to go out rather than abandoned on my child at home. (Which is not a solution or option) as there only me.

    Sadly there are young mums and dads without other child care options who need to use a mobility scooter through not fault of their own and need to Carry/transport their child. Whether in a child sling on them, or via some other route,

  5. Mals5
    Mals5 at |

    I found this whilst searching for a solution to go on my mobility scooter. And I have to say I am flabbergasted at how patronising this is.
    Oh yes I can assure you I’ve stopped to think. As a disabled mum to a boy who is about to go into plaster for 10 weeks I do nothing but stop and think. And yet you assume that this is merely a silly unnecessary idea. Whoever did that search was probably like me- facing absolute desperation and the prospect of not being able to leave the house for 10 weeks.
    Your argument seems based around the idea that mobility scooters weren’t designed for such things as child seats. All I can say is it’s a good job that inventors dont all think like you. I’m sure Alexander Graham Bell didn’t intend for his telephone to be put in a motor vehicle and connected to Bluetooth so we could have an unnecessary chats while we are driving but nevertheless it was invented. I’m sure the person who invented a two wheeler bike never intended a toddler seat balanced on the back of it and yet it was invented. I could name hundreds of articles that have been adapted beyond their originally intended remit so why is it so wrong to look at the possibility for a mobility scooter? I can assure you it’s much more of a necessity to people like me than such frivolous inventions as a light you can switch on with your smartphone 300 miles away whilst on holiday. Why don’t you question the validity of that?
    Disabled people have kids and we like everyone else are looking for solutions. If my son was able to walk alongside me in the next few weeks he would but he can’t. So maybe YOU need to stop and think before you make such closed minded statements. Your comment was the first hit when I googled child seat mobility scooter. Thank you for making me feel as though I’m absurd for wanting to do what every other able bodied parent does without giving it a second thought- take my child out.

  6. Ryan
    Ryan at |

    My wife, who uses a mobility scooter, and I have attached a basic booster seat. Just as the back and rear ties attach around a kitchen chair, this one attaches under the floor of the scooter and behind the seat rest bar. Both are pulled very tightly. We also make our daughter (now 2 1/2 years) wear a bike helmet. To be fair, it’s a medium sized scooter and this might be harder and more cramped on a smaller one. Also, we both really appreciate the disability pride and culture displayed in responses to the nay-sayer above. All the best to you and your child!

  7. Harriet
    Harriet at |

    Huge thanks to those of you that pointed out that disabled people with children need a way to get out too.

    To Ryan: what a brilliant idea to attach a booster seat! I have been trying to hit on a solution for some time (my son is also 2). I would be very grateful for any more details.


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