Limited mobility should not limit your freedom. Your mobility scooter can only take you so far, however, without the appropriate lift for your vehicle. To avoid getting stuck at home, you need a way to transport your scooter wherever you go. Consider the following pros and cons to decide which scooter lift will work best for you and your vehicle.
One of the easiest lifts to use is the carrier lift. It is usually attached to the hitch of your car and allows your scooter to remain on the outside. One of the benefits of the carrier lift is that it takes no physical strength to operate. You simply drive the scooter onto the lift, dismount and push a button to raise it into place. It also saves room in your vehicle because the scooter remains on the outside. A potential drawback is that certain weather conditions can make leaving the mobility scooter outside impractical. It can also be more expensive that manual models.
The next type of lift is the swing-in mobile lift. This lift uses a crane-line apparatus to pick up the scooter and swing it into your car’s trunk or the bed of your truck. The drawback is that it takes a little bit of physical strength to operate. However, it is less expensive than the carrier lift, and it maneuvers your scooter so that it can be transported inside the safety of the trunk.
The third type of lift combines the best features of the carrier lift and the swing-in mobile lift. It can attach to the hitch of the vehicle (or sometimes to the side). From that point, it lifts the scooter and then draws it into the vehicle. It requires no physical strength to operate and allows you to store your scooter inside your vehicle. The only drawback is that it is the most expensive of the three.
Your difficulty getting around does not have to leave you homebound. By choosing the best mobility scooter lift for you, you can reclaim your freedom.