One of the best things about a mobility scooter is the capacity to cover great distances you would not be able to cover on foot. While using this type of scooter outside of the home is a bit of a trick, don’t let that confine you to your home.
To meet the most of your mobility scooter, make sure you take the time to study the user’s manual so you take full advantage of all it has to offer. Make sure you read the section about navigating bumps, curves, and uneven terrain. Some scooters are designed to be a little more heavy-duty than others and this allows them to traverse difficult ground.
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Most scooters have no problem with the basic street curb ramp. but it is important to approach the ramp directly and not drive up at an angle as this could cause the scooter to tilt to one side and fall over. So long as the ramp is of standard height and incline, there should be no problem driving straight up the ramp with your scooter.
Most scooters are conveniently equipped with an anti-tilt mechanism, in the form of extra wheels fastened to the back that keeps the scooter from falling over. However, these wheels will not work if the scooter is climbing and incline at an angle and the dangers of tipping over are increased.
Avoid Broken Or Sideways-Slanted Pavement
While you are free to go up and down any incline that your mobility scooter’s manual deems safe, it is very important to be careful of broken or slanted pavement. Broken pavement can cause problems with slippage or even just a small drop that can cause the mobility scooter to tip over.
If you will be using your mobility scooter near traffic, a safety flag can increase visibility and avoid accidents.
Your flag should be positioned well above your head and made of a bright colour that is easy to identify. Furthermore, you should do all you can to increase your visibility by wearing bright clothes and a fluorescent orange vest. Moving about at night is potentially dangerous. Make sure you have fitted your mobility scooter with lights and reflectors that make your presence near roads and traffic unmistakable to motorists.
Cars are supposed to give the right of way to pedestrians and those on bikes, wheelchairs, or mobility scooters. Nevertheless, you should never assume that your right of way will be expected. It is better to be late and safe than to go fast and pace yourself at risk. Make sure you observe all traffic laws.
Before alighting from your mobility scooter, make sure that it has been completely shut down and removed the key to the scooter. Engage the brakes and lock a swivel chair in place, if your mobility scooter has a swivel. All of these things will prevent the movement of the seat and scooter when you try to alight.
As you can imagine, a mobility scooter can give you a great advantage, but it is very important to follow the safety recommendations to avoid incidents.