Whilst it’s imperative that there is mutual respect between road users, pedestrians and mobility scooter users, here are some important safety tips that may help to keep you safe out on Victoria’s footpaths and roads.
Mobility scooters can often mean the difference between independence and relying on a loved one or carer to ensure you can get around. Whether you’re on holiday or in your local community, it’s important that you exercise extra care and attention, not just for your safety, but for the safety of others as well.
When using a mobility scooter, safety is so important. These tips could help you to avoid future accidents, collisions or breakdowns.
In recent times, there has been media attention around safe use of mobility scooters, with accidents occurring due to users not being well-informed, or using their scooters in terrain that is not appropriate. With an estimated 120,000 people using mobility scooters across Australia, it’s important to know how to keep yourself, a loved one or a patient safe.
We’ve compiled 6 of our best safety tips for you below:
1. Have you selected the best and safest scooter for you?
Consider checking with your doctor to ensure you are physically and mentally fit to use one, or involving an Occupational Therapist for advice prior to purchasing. Our trained and experienced staff are on-hand at both our Mornington and Bayswater stores to help advise you on the best choice to suit your needs.
Still unsure? Take a look here at our guide on how to choose a mobility scooter. Don’t forget to ask about a free trial so you have complete peace of mind that you’re making the right choice!
2. Make yourself easy to see
It’s so important to stay visible when using your mobility scooter. Consider wearing bright clothing and purchasing safety equipment such as a visibility flag, lights and/or reflectors for your mobility scooter.
You can find some of the different scooter accessories we have available here.
3. Always be alert
Never assume that others can see or hear you coming. It’s imperative to be aware of your surroundings; try to always be on the lookout for driveways and vehicles reversing, and cars pulling out or parking.
You must also always be aware of other pedestrians, particularly children or pets. Be sure to take corners slowly and always be ready to stop. Consider fixing a rear vision mirror to your scooter to make this easier.
4. Follow the rules
Many mobility scooter users tend to ride on the road, however this is very unsafe and not recommended - unless there is no available footpath to use. Mobility scooter users should always follow the same rules that apply to pedestrians; ride on the footpath and cross at safe, signposted spots, such as pedestrian crossings.
You should not travel more than 10km/h on a scooter, and should aim to travel at walking speeds when on a footpath – around 4-6km/h, to be safe.
When riding your mobility scooter, it’s vital that you stay safe by following road and footpath rules, to avoid any accidents. Don’t be like this guy!
5. Use carry bags, racks and other helpful accessories
When you need to carry things, such as shopping, try to use a carry bag and not your lap. Placing anything on your lap can distract you when riding and also increases the risk of something falling off in the path of another pedestrian or road user. When using racks, don’t overload them or carry things that are too heavy, as this can unbalance your scooter. Front baskets are useful for smaller items but adding too much weight to the basket can make steering and controlling the scooter more difficult.
6. Get your scooter serviced annually
To keep your mobility scooter in good working order, make sure it’s serviced every 1-2 years. Life Mobility offers full after sales services and support on all our products, and our technicians are fully accredited and manufacturer trained. We stock a huge range of parts and consumables for home or in-store servicing, along with providing emergency breakdown assistance too, so you’ll never get stuck half way to the shops!
Mobility scooters are a valuable and easy way for people with disabilities or mobility issues to get where they need to go. Scooters help them to remain independent, and connected with their family, friends and the wider community – so it is important that they are operated safely and correctly.
For further information regarding the rules and regulations of mobility scooter travel, visit here.
At Life Mobility, we exist to make sure that people living with a disability are able to lead an independent lifestyle, and having a mobility scooter allows you to do just that. You can view our extensive range of mobility scooters online here.
We understand that each person’s needs are unique and therefore require a customised solution. You can view our full range online, visit our Bayswater or Mornington showrooms, or contact us today for more assistance.