A mobility scooter is a blessing in disguise for people with old age or disability. Thanks to the 3 or 4-wheel mobility scooter, such people can complete their daily tasks- be it a trip to the grocery store, or pharmacy, or return for a scheduled checkup.
It’s safe to say: People with severe problems rely on mobility scooters, every single day! That makes it pertinent for us to shed some light on safety tips one should follow while driving a mobility scooter.
Albeit, mobility scooter accidents are rare but when they happen, they cause serious injuries not only to the user but also to other people involved in the accident.
That said, let’s jump straight to the safety tips while driving a mobility scooter. Implementing these tips will help you and your loved ones stay relatively safe while maneuvering around difficult terrains in a mobility scooter every day.
5 Safety Tips While Driving a Mobility Scooter
Now, some of you might pose a valid argument that all scooters operate differently. So, how come the safety tips apply homogenously to every 3 or 4-wheel mobility scooter out there?
Well, you’re right for the most part. Each mobility scooter is built differently and only your doctor and an occupational therapist are qualified to walk you through the uses, function, and safety tips.
However, the majority of these scooters share the same design theme, batteries, and functions. So, it wouldn’t harm to learn about some general safety tips for mobility scooters, starting with:
Understand how it functions
Understanding the basic functions of your mobility scooter might seem like common sense, but as they say- common sense is uncommon. Before taking your mobility scooter out, it would be better to understand its function either by thoroughgoing the manual that came with it.
Another way to understand every function is when an instructor comes to demonstrate the usage of your mobility scooter. At Top Medical Mobility, we offer home delivery and a proper demonstration of a mobility scooter at your doorstep!
Ensure you’re visible while driving
If you cross pedestrian walkways regularly, you want to ensure you are visible to people. This also applies when you are driving on sidewalks.
To ensure you’re visible while driving your mobility scooter, we highly suggest you install safety flags, reflective strips, and/or lights on your mobility scooter- irrespective of the fact if it is foldable, 3-wheel or a 4-wheel mobility scooter.
Take your phones off
This applies to everyone- pedestrians, car drivers, and even people using a mobility scooter. Whenever driving or moving around, avoid using a handheld device (doesn’t necessarily have to be your phone) as it can distract your focus from the path and result in accidents or serious injuries.
Prefer Sidewalks over Main Street
Whether you’re using your mobility scooter to pick up some groceries from the convenience store, meet a friend, pick up a grandchild, or just stroll around- prefer sidewalks over main streets.
Sidewalks are relatively safer than main streets. They are free from moving cars or traffic, which not only helps with immediacy but also helps prevent accidents, provided you’re mindful (read the last point).
Choose the right mobility scooter
Albeit the last point on our list, this is the thing you need to be most careful about: Selecting the right mobility scooter. Every mobility scooter has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, but you need to choose the one that’s just right for you irrespective of the price tag.
You can also consult our mobility expert professionals at 1-800-520-8044, 24/7. They’ll try their best to help you choose the mobility scooter that’s just right for you!
We’d like to end this blog post on the same note we started: Mobility scooters are a blessing in disguise for people with old age or disabilities. They help people live and go by their daily lives, like everybody else.
Whether you’re in the market for a wheelchair, a foldable scooter, a 3-wheel scooter, or a 4-wheel mobility scooter, we got you covered.