/ Mobility Scooter Safety

Police are warning road users to be scooter safe following an increase in fatalities. Officers are urging motorists and scooter users to look out for each other.

Getting Started

  • If using a powered vehicle for the first time, or if it is a while since you have driven on the road, familiarise yourself with the Highway Code
  • Ask your retailer to demonstrate how your scooter works and make sure you are familiar with the controls before you go out
  • Keep the battery fully charged and get to know how far your scooter can go before it will need recharging

Plan Ahead

  • Plan your journey carefully and stick to the pavement wherever possible. If you have to use
    the road, try and avoid having to negotiate major roundabouts, rush-hour traffic, or busy
    roads
  • Familiarise yourself with the facilities in your local area, such as dropped kerbs, which will help you cross the road

On the road

  • If the situation on the road becomes too daunting, move to the pavement until you feel confident enough to re-join traffic
  • Never drive your vehicle if you’re impaired by the use of alcohol, drugs or medication
  • Ensure you can be seen by wearing high visibility or reflective clothing. Use stickers and strips on your scooter too
  • Don’t put yourself in danger by carrying passengers or pets
  • Mobile phones cause a distraction. If you need to make a call, pull over and stop
  • Give way to pedestrians when on pavements and use an appropriate speed, particularly in busy areas
  • Look behind when turning right. It may be safer to turn onto the pavement and use a pedestrian crossing than to cross the road
  • Stop and look both ways before crossing the road
  • If you are using anything to protect you from the weather, make sure it doesn’t restrict your vision

Follow the Highway Code

  • Never use your scooter on a motorway
  • Drive on the left hand side
  • Obey traffic lights and all other road signals, including ‘stop’ signs, ‘give way’ signs and signs for ‘one way’ streets
  • At night, ensure you have your headlights and rear lights on

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