Using a mobility scooter is a great way to stay independent and keep active out and about. They are becoming more popular as people realise the benefits of using the vehicles to carry out day-to-day tasks, visit friends and family and retain their freedom. The chances are that you know someone who uses one or is considering becoming a user in the near future, or perhaps you are a user yourself.
Staying safe on board is essential to get the most out of your mobility scooter.
This is why Norfolk Constabulary have put together some top tips for mobility scooter safety:
• Seek professional advice before making a purchase to ensure that the mobility scooter meets your individual needs and requirements.
• Understand what all the switches and levers on your scooter do, and be confident that you can control it properly before you go outside on it for the first time.
• Keep your scooter properly maintained and have it thoroughly checked. The manufacturer’s handbook will tell you how often to do this.
• Make sure your battery is kept fully charged. If you are storing the vehicle for long periods without use make sure the battery is recharged at least once a month.
• Keep your personal possessions safe and secure and your valuables out of sight.
• Do not overload your scooter with shopping or other goods or hand anything from the handlebars as this could make the scooter unstable and more difficult to control.
• Pedestrians have the right of way. If you are riding on a pavement or footpath, give way to pedestrians. The top speed allowed is 4mph and even this may be too fast where there are pedestrians.
• To drive on the road you need a vehicle (Class 3) that can travel at 8mph (12 km/h) or (Class 2) if there is no alternative. It must also have headlights, rear lights, flashing indicators and a horn.
• When you are on the road you should obey the guidance and rules for other vehicles – The Highway Code. When on the pavement you should follow the guidance and rules for pedestrians. Mobility scooters are called Invalid Carriages in law.
Although you do not have to be insured by law, we strongly recommend that you have at least third-party cover. It is also a good idea to be covered for fire, theft and damage.
(Article Source – The Norfolk Constabulary Website)
Storing your Mobility Scooter
We recommend that you store your mobility scooter in a dedicated storage unit – such as the Asgard Mobility Scooter Storage Shed. This purpose built metal storages unit are designed to protect mobility scooters from the weather, vandals and risk of theft. They are simple to operate, require limited maintenance and can be relocated if required. The unit is supplied with a convenient internal socket point which enables the scooter to be charged safely as required.
Store your mobility Scooter safely and securely when not in use.
For more information and to order a mobility or disability scooter shed – please browse the Mobility Scooter Storage section on the Asgard Website.
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