Be Safe On Your Scooter
With an estimated 300,000 mobility scooters in use across the UK, it’s not surprising that there are dozens of accidents every year, some serious or even fatal. Whether you have a lightweight class 2 for getting around pedestrian areas, or a larger class 3 that can travel at 8mph on the road, learning how to use your scooter is essential for your safety, and for those around you.
- Make sure you understand all the controls on your scooter, especially how to stop quickly.
- Know how to check the battery so you won’t run out of power and be stranded somewhere dangerous.
- Don’t overload your scooter with shopping and keep it balanced to prevent it tipping over.
- Don’t let anyone else ride on the scooter with you, as it will make it unstable.
- Only drive in the road if you have a class 3 scooter.
- Always switch your class 3 scooter to the 4mph setting on pavements.
- Remember that pedestrians have the right of way on the pavement.
- Learn the highway code. There’s a section just for scooter users, but you need to know what to expect from all the other road users you’ll come across, and how traffic rules apply if you drive your scooter on the road.
Download the Highway Code For Mobility Scooters here.
Nottinhamshire Council have produced this SafeScoot video, with Benidorm's Sheila Reid to talk you through the essentials.
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