Make sure you are capable of operating a mobility scooter
Consult with your doctor or occupational therapist to confirm that you are capable of using a mobility scooter. You must be honest and give details about your arm strength, balance, concentration, coordination and sight. If you give your doctor false information about your capabilities it could result in dangerous situations when using a mobility scooter you are not actually capable of using.
Choose the correct mobility scooter
Don’t just pick the first mobility scooter you see. There are many businesses that want to make a sale and aren’t interested in your personal needs. Seek out a trusted mobility scooter company that will help you pick the perfect scooter to suit your needs and capabilities.
Practice on your mobility scooter and learn the rules before taking it out in public.
This may seem self-explanatory but it a step missed by many and can lead to many accidents. Get to know the vehicle by test driving it around your home or patio. Take care to learn the rules of the pavements and roads so that you do not put yourself in danger.
Always add reflective strips to your scooter and/ or wear reflective clothing. This will allow you to be seen by other drivers and road users both in the day and at night. Make sure there is at least two reflective lights from each angle of the vehicle.
Maintain your Mobility Scooter
Maintenance on your mobility is important. Get a professional to check over the vehicle on a regular basis. They will check that all the lights are working properly, the battery is charged and has no faults, that the tires are in good condition, and the electrical system is working to its best.
Wear a helmet
The biggest cause of death from mobility scooter accidents is head trauma. By wearing a helmet you can prevent damage that could be caused and protect yourself against accidents that may occur.
Stay on the pavement
If there is pavement available, use it. Only drive on the roads when it is absolutely necessary and use pedestrian crossings when it is possible.