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Important Safety Tips for Mobility Scooter Users

Both new and old riders need to review scooter safety rules before they start riding their new scooters.

Here are scooter safety tips from Easy Pay Mobility to follow while riding your scooter:

Yourself

  • Make sure you are able to see well when riding your scooter
  • Make sure you are comfortably seated and able to properly control your scooter
  • Learn how to ride a scooter before you venture out for the first time: you need to learn how to steer, turn round, go backward, go up and down the curb, and learn how to stop your scooter.
  • Safely tuck away your possessions, including your mobile phone, your wallet, your handbag, and many more.

Your Scooter

  • Know your scooter’s range – do not try to push the boundaries. Do not forget that you will have to ride your scooter back home.
  • Check the lights and tires of your scooter regularly – Keep the tire pressure at the tire pressure recommendations of your scooter manufacturer. Keeping the tire pressure recommendations can keep your tires safe and extend their lifespan. Once your tires are won, replace them immediately. Replace your dead bulbs. It is advisable to use your lights in the evening or night and when it is overcast or gloomy.
  • Avoid overloading your scooter – Do not use your scooter to transport heavy goods or shopping.
  • Use handlebars to steer your scooter and not for storage – Do not hang your bags from your handles. The bags can make it difficult to control your scooter. They can even make your scooter unstable.
  • Some riders love to “pimp their scooters”. However, the decorations can get in the way of your scooter safety. If you want to decorate your scooter, do not put anything that can get caught in your scooter’s tires. Make sure there is nothing that may cause an accident.
  • It is not compulsory to take out insurance for your scooter. It is, however, recommended to take out insurance. Insurance can protect you from theft and accidental damage. In addition, if you use your scooter regularly, negligence claims may arise. For example, if your scooter breaks down, then breakdown insurance can help you get home safely.

Your Driving Style

  • You can only drive Class 2 scooters on footpaths and pavements. And you can drive class 3 scooters on the road. The maximum speed on footpaths or pavements is 4 mph. And the maximum speed on the road is 8 mph. If you want to ride your roadgoing scooter on the pavement, you will need to switch to the 4 mph maximum speed.
  • The speed limit of a scooter is 4 mph. It is, however, not necessary to go that fast. If you are riding in a crowded, cramped, or unfamiliar place, you should ride your scooter slowly.
  • Pedestrians have right of way in both unmarked and marked crosswalks. Therefore, you need to pay attention to pedestrians and give away to pedestrians. Children do not always pay attention. So, you have to be aware of them. Do not forget to be aware of older people since they can take time to move out of the way.
  • You need to have a horn, indicators, and front and rear lights to keep you safe on the road. You will ride your scooter slowly, so you need to be extra careful while riding your scooter. You must ensure you have enough space and time to maneuver your scooter.

Winter Hazards

  • If the pavements and roads are icy and slippery, you need to take extra care.
  • Wear warm clothing, especially those with a waterproof top layer. In fact, some scooters come with a weather cab for protecting riders during the cold winter months.
  • Use lights to ensure you are visible in the gloom. You can also attach strips to your legs and sleeves. Make sure your bags and gilets are made with reflective material.
  • Do not forget to carry your phone. You may need your phone in an emergency. Charge your phone and program your phone with the numbers you may need before you go out. It is even better to get GPS trackers to make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • The range of the scooter is less in cold weather.
  • If you do not plan to ride your scooter during the cold winter months, you still need to recharge the battery of your scooter. If you neglect your battery, you may not be able to recharge it in the spring.
  • If you store your scooter outside, you will need to protect it from the cold winter weather. You can use a waterproof cover to protect your scooter. Moisture can damage the electronics of your scooter.
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