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One of the best ways to decide whether a mobility scooter is right for you is by test driving one.

This way, you can get a proper feel for what it would be like to drive and handle on a daily basis. You will be able to become familiar with its different features and how you can adjust it to suit you.

But, what are the specific things you should always look out for on a test drive, to ensure you are making the right decision?

General FAQs for Test Driving Mobility Scooters

Do You Need to Pass a Test to Drive a Mobility Scooter?

First of all, for complete clarity, you do not need to pass a driving test to drive a mobility scooter; this includes test driving mobility scooters too. Test driving a mobility scooter is encouraged for everyone, so you can get some practice in before taking it out properly.

Do You Need a Driving Licence for an Electric Mobility Scooter?

Following on from above, you do not need a driving licence for an electric mobility scooter. You may have to register your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair with the DVLA, but you do not need a licence to drive or test drive the vehicle.

Questions to Ask When Test Driving Mobility Scooters

When you come into the showroom to try out different mobility scooter models, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself to ensure optimum comfort and your requirements are met.

Questions to ask yourself about operating the mobility scooter include:

  • Can you get on and off the mobility scooter easily?
  • Do you feel comfortable in the seat?
  • Is there enough leg room?
  • Are you able to reach all of the controls comfortably?
  • Can you comfortably reach and use the steering column?
  • Are you able to understand the controls and how to use them?
  • Do you need any adjustments?

Once you feel comfortable with the answers above, it’s time to ask yourself questions about storage and lifestyle elements:

  • Will it fit in the storage space you have provided?
  • If not, are you willing to purchase accessories to enable storage at home?
  • On a typical journey, are there any steep hills?
  • On a typical journey, are there any high kerbs you will need to manoeuvre?
  • On a typical journey, are there any uneven surfaces or terrain?
  • Will you be going on frequent long journeys? Is your back supported? Will you be able to grip onto controls for long periods of time?

Manoeuvres to Practice When Test Driving Mobility Scooters

In addition to asking yourself questions, as well as the mobility scooter dealer, you should also practice specific manoeuvres during a test drive. This includes slowing down and stopping, so you can become familiar with these controls and train your reactions.

Also, turning and driving round corners will help you become more aware of the turning circle and how comfortable you feel using the steering column. By practicing using the indicators and lights before heading out onto the road, you can instil these safe habits when you are driving.

Test Driving Mobility Scooters with East Coast Mobility

At East Coast Mobility, you can experience our scooters first-hand in our showroom. By visiting us here, you can get up close and personal with our vehicles, testing them out and asking our experts any questions you may have.

We also offer free home demonstrations if you cannot get to our showroom. Simply get in touch with us directly and we can arrange this for you. Our team members are always happy to help and advise.

Visit Our Showroom

All it takes is one trip to our showroom to experience and discover the 100+ reconditioned scooters in stock today. If you would prefer a free home demonstration, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us, our team members are always happy to help and advise.

Mr Barrett

From start to finish, the service has been fantastic. From ensuring the reconditioned scooter I purchased was in top condition, to the great delivery experience through to dealing with helpful lady on the phone. I was most grateful for the non pushy sales approach - you gave me time to think. Extra information and assistance was immediately on hand. I cannot fault East Coast Mobility!

Audrey Wandsworth

Thank you so much for coming to my aid at Beccles Medical Centre. I wish we had more local businesses, and not just the internet for service.

Robert Smith

Just received my Cabin Car back after work done. The service I got was exceptional.

Not only was the work done to a brilliant standard they collected and delivered it too.

Well done East Coast Mobility! I thoroughly recommend them to anyone with mobility scooter problems.

Thank you to all the staff for a first class experience.

Caroline Long

Absolutely brilliant service, while she was very poorly my Mum's stair lift stopped working and got stuck in a doorway in a really awkward place so I called round a few places but most couldn't help very quickly.

East Coast Mobility not only told me how to move it so it wasn't in the way anymore but they also came out the following day and got it fixed with new batteries! Such a relief and all done sooo quickly.

Vinnie Harris

Great people who are very helpful. Reasonably priced and great variety of products. Highly recommend these people. Great to support a family business.

Jane Walker

I recently needed to purchase a recliner chair for my mother, I contacted East Coast Mobility having dealt with them before, our needs were sorted over the phone, efficiently, with compassion and delivered within 48 hours.

Despite my mother not keen on a recliner chair she absolutely loves it!


It all worked out well in the end.
Easy Access Ramp is pucker!

Love Lynda

Karen Neil

I can't thank Grant and everyone enough at East Coast Mobility for their fantastic help in installing my stairlifts and at an affordable price beating several others I had round.

Giving me back some desperately needed independence for which I thank them with all my heart, they honestly went above and beyond.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending them to anyone that needs help or advice, they really do care.

Paul Green

I feel I must write and say a huge thank you for the service my wife and I received last week when we came to look at new scooters.

We were both very pleased with how comfortable and reliable they are and were pleasantly surprised at the professional approach we received from Grant.

Malcolm Lyell

Excellent service. We needed an engineer late in afternoon to fix my father's stairlift as he could not have got to toilet or bed that night. They left the workshop and attended within 30 mins - fault fixed!

Very helpful and knowledgeable.

Chris Bartlett

A very pleasant place to go for your mobility equipment. Staff are very knowledgeable and very helpful.

I've used them for several years now and they have always accommodated all my disability needs.

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