Vincent C. was just trying to keep up with his wife and family on vacations when he discovered SmartScoot™. “I can’t really walk far. I slowed my family. I had to stay in the room and look at the ocean and wish I could go somewhere.”
With walking, lifting and breathing disabilities, the 76-year-old uses a cane and walker to get around. But he says he can only move about 50 feet before having to stop. The SmartScoot™ changed that.
“I got my mobility back. I was once again able to see the sites, go on the elevator, on carpeted hallways. It makes things a lot easier! I can go places on my own if I want to.”
Technical by nature, Vincent says he chose the SmartScoot™ over other scooters he researched based on its sturdiness, speed and battery power. “Others looked flimsy. The wheels didn’t look sturdy enough.” The SmartScoot™ front-wheel drive also helped Vincent feel safe traveling downhill or on sidewalks. “Others were unstable. They had too narrow a wheel width and many were not adjustable.”
He was impressed how long a SmartScoot™ battery charge lasts and its three speed-settings. “I drove one for three or four days. We went blocks and blocks. At Tybee Island, I went on up-ramps on the pier. It will zip along. All the others [researched online] were too slow. I wanted to go faster. I think I went 5 or 6 or 7 miles an hour. I thought that was fantastic.
“The thoughtful engineering that went into the structural design of the SmartScoot™ was obvious. For example, the safety snap locking pins that secure the seat into position and that locks the rear wheel axles in place. These are common in aircraft too as adjustable safety fastenings.”
Although the scooter is strong with stainless steel tubing, which he found very easy to clean, it’s also light enough for his wife of 49 years to lift into their car.
Vincent especially appreciates the SmartScoot™ foldable basket and cane holder. “You can store your cane right on the handlebar stem. There’s a cup holder that holds the cane tip. You bungee the cane to the steering handlebar post; and that makes it pretty easy to get to and handy when you need to get on and off the SmartScoot™.”
He says he plans to use his SmartScoot™ at stores where he usually has to wait to ride an electric cart. “Often electric carts are not available. Using your own SmartScoot™ allows you to be independent and save time.” A stroll around the town square is also on his list of upcoming excursions. “I can take it to the park, on the sidewalks, to get around. I enjoy being out.”
Vincent C. 07/18/2016