I purchased my first scooter, Silver, in September of 2009. After some issues with the switch and we, my brother and I, weren't sure what else, I decided to order another before the first one completely died. That way it could be a back up. It turned out that both of my batteries died at the same time. My ion battery had lasted SIX years. The other battery made it 3 and a half.
The new scooter came in yesterday and got it's first full day workout today. It is very different. I hadn't realized that my old wheels probably needs to be lubed because the new scooter rolls so easily! The throttle moves so much easier too. I'm glad I can still use my feet for reverse because I like having the control. When I ordered it, I had Tony (at TravelScoot USA) set it for the faster speed. It's not that I use the high speed often but when I need it, I need it. As a teacher of students with special needs, there are times when they may be on one part of the campus with my assistant, i.e. lunch, and I am on break and something comes up. I need to get to them quickly. If the coast is clear, I go full speed ahead. The lightness and ease of movement of the travelscoot has allowed me to continue to teach.
I also did my first grocery run with my new scooter. All went well. One of the things I was sure to remember was to turn the scooter OFF and lock a break when I stood up to reach something up high because this scooter rolls easier. And as is the case if someone is around I always ask for help. People are willing. I especially like to ask little children (sometimes it's the stuff on a lower shelf), it makes them feel so big! It took me about a year to get over asking for help but with each request it got easier and I remember I always help others in ways that I can.