Choosing Between 3 and 4-Wheel Scooter

Choosing Between 3 and 4-Wheel Scooter

By Ayush Henry

It can sometimes be difficult to choose between a 3 wheel scooter and a 4 wheel scooter. Especially when the model is same but configurations are different. Difference can only be understood after taken a little deeper look.

Safety

It is necessary to know that both type of scooter undergoes an extensive safety testing process to ensure complete safety of the user. Though 3 wheel scooters and 4 wheel scooters have their own strengths, irrespective of their configuration, they are tested thoroughly.

3 – Wheel Scooter

 Choosing Between 3 and 4-Wheel Scooter

Features and Benefits:

  1. Similar to tricycle, a 3 wheel scooter features 2 rear wheels and 1 front wheel.
  2. The narrow front wheel gives better maneuverability which means a 3 wheel scooter can turn in smaller spaces.
  3. Being compact, it gives an additional benefit of easy transport. 3 wheel scooters utilize less space and are lighter as compared to 4 wheel scooters while transporting.

Downside:

Though 3 wheel scooters are great for indoors, still they have compromised stability. The possibility of accidents while in speed and during sharp left or right turns cannot be negated.   Same applies when riding the 3 wheel scooter on a steep incline or a slope. The user needs to be extra attention during these times. The best way is to develop good scooter driving skills.

Extended foot boards are offered by some of the 3 wheel scooters that allow the user to stretch their legs for additional comfort.

 

4 – Wheel Scooter

 Choosing Between 3 and 4-Wheel Scooter

Features and Benefits:

  1. 4 wheel scooter features 2 rear wheels and 2 front wheels.
  2. 4 wheel scooters have larger footprint that improves outdoor performance.
  3. Wider front end allows for wider foot room.
  4. 4 wheel scooters can handle sharp turns in a better way than 3 wheel scooters because of its wider front end.
  5. Tall users can get extra benefit by getting the extra space to stretch leg.

Downside:

Though 4 wheel scooters have great maneuverability, they are very troublesome to use at the place with narrow doors. Like for a standard size residence the scooter won’t be able to enter in bathroom as the entrance of gate and scooter both are 22” wide. Comparatively, it is harder to transport 4 wheel scooters because they weigh higher than 3 wheel scooters and are wider as well.

After understanding the pros and cons of each scooter, there are 3 factors that user need to keep in mind while opting for the best scooter:

  1. Comfort
  2. Safety
  3. Maneuverability

If the concern is more towards transportability and maneuverability, opt for 3 wheel scooter like Drive Bobcat X3 Three Wheel Transportable Scooter. It is the perfect entry-level scooter providing mobility that is comfortable, reliable and affordable to a wide variety of users. This scooter features angle adjustable flip-up armrests for maximum comfort and convenient boarding and exiting.

If the concern is more towards outdoor use and safety then it is best to opt for Drive Scout Four Wheel Travel Power Scooter. It is compact, lightweight and easy to disassemble into five pieces for transport or storage. Its adjustable angle tiller allows the client to position the controller into the most ideal driving position. The scooter also features convenient free-wheel release knob and anti-tip wheels for greater safety.