Answers About The Question Whether 3-Wheel Scooters Are More Tippy Than 4 Wheel Scooters…
Eighty percent of all scooters sold are 3-wheel scooters. The main reason for this is that 3-wheel electric mobility scooters have greater indoor maneuverability, to get around tight spaces more easily. This allows freer movement around your home or out shopping.
There is a lot of talk on the web about 3-Wheel mobility scooters being tippy. This is true, but it is also true that 4-wheel scooters may also be tippy, since they also have a relatively narrow wheelbase and with the passenger has a high center of gravity too. You can tip over a 4-wheel scooter just as easily by turning a corner too quickly. The big lesson here is not to turn corners quickly and don’t lean over the side of your scooter.
Your driving style, how aggressive you are, and how fast you go play a bigger role in how often you’ll tip over.
3-Wheel Scooters are better for entering and exiting the “cutout” of sidewalks on streets. With 4-wheel scooters you have to be careful not to turn into the raised edge of the cutout because your inner front wheel can hit the raised edge of the cutout and cause you to have a jolting ride or tip over. Taking it slowly when entering and exiting cutouts can prevent rough rides and potential crashes.
4-wheel scooters are great for outdoors and can handle rougher surfaces better due to it’s greater stance, but all mobility scooters get tippy if riding over uneven terrain. The only exception may be the super wide recreational mobility scooters. 4-Wheel mobility scooters are not as good indoors due to their large turning radius. 4-Wheel scooters have slightly less foot room than 3-Wheel scooters due to the location of the front wheels.
Here is a comprehensive study on 3 wheel vs 4 wheel mobility scooter tippiness including diagrams showing the physics of scooter tippiness.
Look at the roads and sidewalks you plan to travel, and see if it is mainly smooth sidewalks or are they rough pathways? If it is rough uneven terrain or a lot of pot holes, and you plan to spend most of your time outside with the scooter then a 4-wheel is a good choice. The ultimate outdoor 4-wheel mobility scooter is the EV Rider Breeze IV Recreational Mobility Scooter.
If you plan to spend most of your time indoors, then consider a 3-wheel mobility scooter with it’s greater indoor maneuverability — or a power wheelchair that can turn on a dime — the ultimate indoor mobility vehicle.
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