This latest infographic submission got me thinking about my upcoming “later years” and my possible need for a mobility scooter at some point. I must admit the idea of being unable to walk easily enough to even need a scooter is a bit depressing, but on the bright side you have an advantage our previous generations didn’t have, which is affordable, convenient mobility in the form of a battery operated go-kart. How freakin’ cool is that? I mean, when I was 8 years-old I begged my parents for a g0-kart and now my future looks a little bit brighter as I will finally be the coolest kid (elderly kid) on the block tooling around in my candy-apple red scooter, but I digress…
Who Uses the Scooter?
Well, not every person who has mobility difficulties needs a manual wheelchair or power wheelchair. You may still feel confident when walking around your home and yard but prefer the stability of a wheeled ride when you go out, or you might just need a lift due to a medical condition that is exacerbated by long periods of walking, such as cardiopulmonary deficiencies or arthritis.
Another Interesting Point about Mobility Scooters vs Electric Wheelchairs
Mobility scooters also have higher top speeds than electric wheelchairs do, so if you want to be able to travel to your destination more quickly, a mobility scooter is the way to go if your medical needs allow for it.
Okay, now I’m sold, but what happens when your scooter has troubles?
Well, I’m glad you asked and this infographic provides some tips and suggestions when you have trouble with your scooter. As I have said about many infographics in the past, this isn’t truly an infographic, it is more like a graphical check list, as the check marks in the graphic would imply. The infographic lists some things check such as the obvious, make sure the key is on and then some things less obvious, such as checking the fuses. These scooter troubleshooting suggestions are backed by a yellow-lined sheet of paper as a graphic to pop them out.
The real meat of the infographic comes in suggestions for maintaining your mobility scooter. Check the tires and keep them inflated properly, keep the corrosion off the battery, store you battery correctly when not in use and get a certified technician to inspect your scooter’s motor on a yearly basis. Sounds to me a lot like taking care of a car, right? Go-kart here I come.
The graphics are simple and rudimentary which is fine for a manual, which this feels more like than a infographic, so I’m a little confused as how to judge this submission. It is designed well enough for what it is, but for an infographic I expect more and expect something to be more graphically appealing and not simply un-offensive. Your typical medical colors are use, blues, whites and greys for the most part and rounded corner boxes complete the safe design.
This infographic isn’t sure what it is: a manual, a check list, an infographic? Unfortunately it misses the mark on all three. I’m afraid this infographic’s battery power runs out long before it reaches its destination.
Nothing really wrong, but nothing that makes me give it a second thought either. Feels like a C is right on the mark.
The information about scooter troubleshooting and scooter maintenance is mostly common sense.
Infographic provide by US Medical Supplies, offering information on Troubleshooting Your Mobility Scooter and Mobility Scooters