Owning a mobility scooter enables for maximum accessibility and convenience without having to make sacrifices. However, it also means that you need to be careful when getting around on these useful yet powerful vehicles. Here is a checklist of safety tips that is sure to keep yourself and others safe.
Drive on the Sidewalk and Be Alert
Mobility scooters are designed for sidewalk usage only and never on roads. For when you need to transition to cross the street or navigate a parking lot, be sure that any turning or nearby vehicles can clearly see you. We’ve included safety flags on all of our available mobility scooters, which are designed to protect yourself and others by ensuring that you are clearly visible regardless of speed.
Keep an Eye on Your Battery
To prevent against running out of battery power and being stuck with an inoperable vehicle away from home, always make sure you’ve fully charged your scooter’s battery prior to leaving the house. Once you’ve returned home, be sure to plug the charger into the unit to quickly recharge the battery in case if you need to go out again urgently.
When indoors, always operate your mobility scooter at the lowest setting to protect against injury and property damage. Gently press the green toggle on the right-hand side to move forwards, bearing in mind that your speed will increase with the amount of hand pressure you apply. To stop, take your hand off of the green toggle, and gently press the left-hand yellow toggle to carefully reverse. The simplified and seamless controls of mobility scooters allow for easy operation, and when aided by caution and awareness of your surroundings they make for valuable instruments that keep everyone even safer. Please note that these operations may not apply to your model of scooter; we’d be happy to help with specific instructions for your model.
Getting on and Off
Regardless if you either haven’t begun to operate or are getting off of your mobility scooter, it is crucial that you follow safe mounting and dismounting procedures to avoid any risk of injury or damage. To do this, always turn the ignition key to the “off” position and carefully swivel the seat to a 45-degree angle before getting on or off to ensure the vehicle is completely still and allows for easy maneuverability.
Operators of mobility scooters are responsible for being careful, attentive, and considerate of their surroundings. With these safety tips in mind, it’s easy to enjoy a comfortable and pleasant ride without putting anyone at risk. If you’re considering a mobility scooter, be sure to view our available models complete with safety flags and simplified controls for the freest driving experience.
To learn more about mobility scooters or browse our available models, check out our website, visit our home medical equipment store in Markham, or give us a call at 905-471-5224 ext. 23.