Mobility Scooter Travel

If you have recently acquired a mobility scooter and you aren’t experienced in driving it on the roads, here are some tips for you on how to drive your scooter safely:

  • Don’t take your scooter out until you’ve had enough training or practice to feel confident.
  • Be aware of your surroundings – watch out for other pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Turn your scooter off when you’re not moving. Bags and clothing can easily catch on the accelerator lever.
  • If going up slopes or kerbs, make sure you stay stable on your mobility scooter.
  • Familiarise yourself with the relevant parts of the Highway Code, particularly if you’ll be using a class 3 scooter on the road.

See the Department for Transport guide Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs on the road – some guidance for users

Safety checks

It’s important to keep your mobility scooter well-maintained. Repairs and maintenance are included if you get a scooter through Motability. Check with the retailer if you’re buying privately.

To make sure that your scooter is safe to use, regularly check that:

  • All plugs and wires are connected properly.
  • No bare wires are exposed.
  • Tyres are inflated to the correct pressure (if necessary).
  • All locking pins and assembly mechanisms are locked.
  • The seat is adjusted and locked in place.
  • The battery is fully charged.
  • The brakes are in working order.

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