Staying Safe on a Mobility Scooter
5 Tips for staying safe on a mobility scooter
Just bought a brand new mobility scooter? Getting a new mobility scooter is always exciting, especially if you’ve been housebound for a while. Most people can’t wait to get on the road once their scooter arrives and understandably so, but there are some important things you should know in order to make your first journey go as smooth as possible. So, whether you’ve never owned a mobility scooter before, or you’re a seasoned driver, you’re sure to find some of these tips about staying safe on a mobility scooter helpful.
1. Make Sure You’re Confident
Don’t run before you can walk. Before you take your new scooter for a spin, make sure you’re confident driving it and if you’re unsure about any of the controls, read the manual. If you live on a quiet road, take the scooter for a little practice ride. However obvious this tip seems, it’s probably the most important to take into account, particularly if you own a road scooter and plan on travelling on the road. Being confident when travelling on the road is detrimental to keeping you safe.
Having confidence on the road is vital if you own a road scooter, so check out this link for more tips from the professionals at Motability: Road Safety For Scooters
2. Take a Working Mobile Phone
Before setting off anywhere, especially if you’re planning to travel far, it’s always a good idea to take a fully charged mobile phone or other means of contact with you. The reason we recommend doing this is because in a worst case scenario you may run out of battery or your scooter could break down, so it’s nice to have somebody to call for help. Having an emergency contact will put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy your journey worry free.
3. Plan Your Route
Make sure you plan your journey before you set off anywhere you’ve never been before. This doesn’t mean you can’t go for a ramble about in the local park. All we mean is make sure you know you can get there safely, trying to avoid busy roads and rough terrain along the way. Also, if you’re considering trying to roll your scooter up a high kerb because it’s easier than finding a sloped kerb, don’t. Forcing your scooter to travel up a kerb can cause serious damage and is particularly dangerous on a 3-wheel scooter.
4. Always Pack Your Essentials
Important items to take with you:
- Waterproof Coat
- Food & Drink
- Sun Cream (if it’s sunny out)
Making sure you pack properly can make the difference between a good journey and a bad one. The best thing you can do to make sure you pack the essentials listed above. Bringing a waterproof coat with you may not seem that important but you can never trust the weather in Britain. On the other hand, in the rare event that the weather is nice, it’s important to bring sun cream with you because you’re always fully exposed to the sun on a mobility scooter.
5. Make Sure Your Scooter Is Fit For Travel
Always make sure your mobility scooter fit for travel, and is in a safe condition to use. Firstly, make sure you always fully charge the batteries (at least 8 hours) before setting off. Have a quick look at the tyres and make sure they’re not deflated or have any scuffs in to avoid getting a flat tyre on your journey. And finally, have a look to make sure there are no loose screws or parts anywhere.
Find out more about how to charge your batteries by clicking this link: Charging your mobility scooter