Mobility Scooters – Safety firstComments Off on Mobility Scooters – Safety first
You may think riding a mobility scooter is simple, turn the key and go. However, a mobility scooter has risks too. Many pavements are not wide enough for pedestrians and mobility scooters and if you get a pushchair and a scooter on the same path, it can become very crowded very quickly.
When you are riding on the pavement, you need to think like a driver, give way to pedestrians, slow down and remember scooters are very quiet they may not know you are there. When you are crossing the road or going passed drop kerbs, you need to think like a pedestrian and follow the green cross code. Know that cars might not see you as your scooter sits lower than a standing person; this is especially the case if the car is reversing. Use crossings where possible and wait for cars to stop before moving off.
You should always be taken through some basic training when you register with a shopmobility regardless if you have used a scooter before. This is because not all schemes use the same scooters and controls do vary. Also, a person’s capabilities change over time, eyesight deteriorates and reaction times slow down.
Jersey Shopmobility has worked in association with, EYECAN, Headway Jersey, State of Jersey Growth Housing & Environment and Occupational Therapy, the Deaf Partnership Board and the Jersey Police force, to prduce an information video on safe scooter use. The links with the transport service are for Jersey, you will need to check with your local authority as to whether scooters are permitted on the public transport your service.