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Matt Popovich - UnsplashNote: This blog post was written in 2016 and contains products that are discontinued, make sure to visit our website’s home page to see our most up-to-date selection of mobility products.

Our organization believes that every senior should have an affordable option to stay independent while simultaneously greatly reducing the likelihood of an accidental injury. Over the years, our company has maintained these principles, becoming one of the most trusted sources in the mobility product business. What our products do is to help those with ailments, the obese, and the amputees navigate the world. Our products are energy efficient and good for the environment. We offer a wide array of products that range from mobility scooters to electric wheelchairs, and from lift systems to ramps. Each of these products is amongst the best in the market. Our company is an authorized dealer of each and every product shown on our site; we offer the lowest price; most of our products have excellent factory warranties, and we offer both free and same-day shipping. Despite being one of the best options in mobility products today, one of the frustrations that our company has with the world is that conformity isn’t up to the standards that one would expect from a civilized society. Reuters recently published an article describing the potential dangers facing those using power wheelchairs today. Pedestrians who rode in wheelchairs are 36 percent more likely to die in collisions with cars than other pedestrians. The risk is higher for men than for females.

City planners are doing an awful job to ensure that sidewalks are safe. A movement needs to be done to improve this. A take-a-way that should be taken from this is to be especially careful in intersections and at locations where stoplights or stop signs are not present. One of the problems cited for drivers is that they are unable to see individuals who are in mobility scooters or power wheelchairs. In these circumstances, the mobility scooters or power wheelchairs are often not capable of maneuvering as a normal walker would when faced with a potential collision.

A product from our company that we recommend to help deal with this issue is the Drive Medical Maverick 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter. This model is extremely durable, capable of traveling over poorly maintained sidewalks, or grassy alternatives that one must navigate through to eventually make it to their intended destination.

But what separates Drive Medical Maverick 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter from its competition is the product details. This model has a generous weight capacity of 400 lbs., capable of carrying those who are obese. Another high performing detail of the model is that it has a travel range of 35 miles! This is amongst the lengthiest in the mobility scooter market. Lastly, to help the operator of the mobility scooter avoid potential collisions, this model has a maximum speed of 9.5 mph, which will push one to safety—the brake systems are also solid for those who need to stop on a dime.

For those that prefer a power wheelchair, the Heartway USA Sahara KX Power Wheelchair will also ensure your safety when traveling in areas with many cars or crossing the street. This model has a weight capacity of 450 lbs.; a travel range of 20 miles; and a maximum speed of 6.25 mph. Like the Drive Medical Maverick 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter, the Heartway USA Sahara KX Power Wheelchair, a heavy-duty power wheelchair, is capable of traveling on beaten paths and poorly maintain sidewalks, without sacrificing the comfort for the driver. In addition, this dependable model has excellent brake and acceleration systems to ensure your safety in a variety of situations. We highly recommend this model.

Another frustration that our company is finding is that in major cities, transportation isn’t totally accessible for those who are handicapped. Fortunately, some honorable companies are making strides to ensure that this is improved. In New York, for example, the company “Empire Taxi” is slashing down prices from $39,000 to $33,000 for customized wheelchair accessible taxis, according to New York Daily News.

During the administration of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he designated that by 2020 half of the taxi fleet must be accessible for wheelchair users. However, this does not apply to companies in the “sharing economy,” such as Uber—a taxi like the company that has independent contractors provide transportation to people that use their app—who isn’t required to comply with accessibility requirements, in the city, for taxicabs.

Our company actually offers a much better deal for persons seeking more accessibility for their vehicles, as an alternative to taking a taxi or requesting a lift from Uber. Our most economical ramp is our PVI Multi-Use Multifold Reach Ramp allows mobility scooters or power wheelchairs to be loaded in the rear of a van. The ramp is capable of withstanding up to 800 lbs. There are several choices in length to choose from, which are six feet, seven feet, eight feet, and 10 feet options. Traction tape on the ramp provides better stability and reduces the chance of slippage. The product also had a five-year warranty.

The Doctor and InsuranceIn conclusion, our company offers several reliable options to ensure that you are safe when navigating from place a to place b. It is imperative that all of our customers feel a sense of security and pride when using their mobility scooters or power wheelchairs. We do not take this lightly. To order a product from our company, such as those mentioned in this article, visit www.MobilityScootersDirect.com. From there, you will be encountered by a wide range of products to choose from to assist in your mobility needs or those of a loved one. We aim to make this process as simple and efficient as possible. For questions, feel free to contact one of our specialists via a LiveChat or by calling us at (877) 721-7748. We work with insurance companies daily, and our products are compliant with a majority of coverage options. For those on a budget, we also offer multiple options to purchase products, such as all-at-once or on a fixed payment schedule.