A power scooter is a liberating piece of equipment when getting around is a challenge. It can enable you to enjoy the outdoors and go shopping at the mall. But a power scooter comes with its own set of precautions. To ensure your safety and the safety of those you encounter, keep the following guidelines in mind.
Before you go out
- To safely operate a mobility scooter, you must have satisfactory vision, depth perception, reaction time and ability to control the mechanisms.
- When you’re choosing a mobility scooter, make sure it’s suited to your weight and size, and the power is sufficient for the trips you want to take. Parts and service should be available.
- Once you have your scooter, plan each trip. Make sure you have enough battery power, and you can get home before dark. Map a route that is the shortest to your destination, and try to avoid areas where vehicular traffic is heavy.
- Fit your scooter with safety devices. A flag, a horn and a carry bag are all good ideas. You may also want to consider a flashing light.
While you’re out
- When you’re driving, your preferred path should always be a walkway. If you must drive in the road, stay as close to the side as possible. And be aware, some municipalities do not allow power scooters on roadways, except at crossings.
- Be considerate of others who are using the same walkway. Power scooters can travel at 4 miles an hour, faster than most pedestrians. Warn others if you are passing or turning a blind corner.
- If you’re in an area that’s crowded with pedestrians, travel at their speed.
- Be alert to children, who can unexpectedly dash in front of you.
- If you stop your mobility scooter to talk with someone, turn off the power to eliminate the possibility of lurching forward.
- Look over your shoulder before you change directions.
Have any questions about using your mobility scooter? At Power Mobility and Lifts, our staff can help you choose the scooter that suits your needs and help you learn how to operate it safely. Give us a call. We serve clients throughout the state of Arizona.
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