To scooter, or not to scooter?
Barbara Binland is the pen name of a senior, Julie Grenness, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is a poet, writer, and part-time English and Maths tutor, with over 40 years of experience. Her many books are available on Amazon and Kindle.
So, as a senior citizen, you have finally hung up your car keys, for whatever reason. That is part of our ageing journey, one day no longer being able to drive a motor car again.
What’s next? Well, the senior citizen, over-60, golden oldie, can decide to purchase an electric mobility scooter. These provide both transportation and independence to anyone with limited mobility. Scooters are a great invention, assisting their owners in performing everyday tasks, such as shopping, or running errands. Electric mobility scooters are the safest way of travelling currently in Australia, even safer than walking on a footpath!
There is a variety of styles of scooters available, at a variety of prices. In Australia, the costs range from $1,400 to $8,000, depending on style, number of wheels, length of battery life, and manoeuvrability, as well as number of wheels. They have a warranty, you can have a home demonstration for a test drive, and can even have lessons!
Here are some questions to consider before purchasing:
- What and how far do you intend to travel?
- Are you only planning to use your scooter locally, or do you wish to use it on trips?
- Are there tight corners where you wish to travel?
- Where will you store your scooter?
- Do you wish to carry luggage or bags with you?
- Have you considered the cost of insurance for your scooter?
- Is your vision okay at normal walking speed?
Finally, here is a little verse about greys on scooters to lighten your day…
What a lovely day,
Look, here come the greys!
On their scooters again…
Skateboarding teens, yah!
Look out, kids, you’re in the way!
Greys toot and wave,
There go the greys!
Have a fun grey day!
Cheers from one of the greys!
Do you use a scooter? How do you find it? Let us know in the comments below.