Mobility scooter Highway Code by Pro Rider Mobility
Due to large growth and success of Pro Rider mobility scooters we have designed a Mobility Scooter Highway Code to assist mobility scooter users.
It is important that all mobility scooter users observe the Mobility Scooter Highway Code.
Remember, your mobility scooter is a mode of transport and as such requires safe use to avoid possible accidents. Mobility scooters are far more common on the pavements and roads these days so please read the Mobility Scooter Highway Code carefully.
All mobility scooters should be fitted with various safety features designed to protect both the scooter and user. There has been a noticeable increase in mobility scooter related accidents and a large percentage of these accidents could have been avoided if the user followed the mobility scooter highway code.
Before buying a mobility scooter:
Are you able and fit to use the mobility scooter?
You must be able to use your mobility scooter in a safe manner with good control. Safe usage of the mobility scooter includes all the manoeuvres such as forwards, reversing, steering and ascending / descending kerbs.
- Ensuring your mobility scooter is the right one for you
Decide on a mobility scooter that is right for you. Consider things such as seat height, tiller bar position, speed of scooter (4mph or 8mph). You should also look at the control positions and see how comfortable you are with using the controls on the scooter. There are 3 and 4 wheeled scooters on the market but bear in mind a 4 wheeled mobility scooter will be safer and more stable compared to a 3 wheeled mobility scooter. Seek advice from your health visitor or from an experienced dealer.
- Do not exceed the recommended distance for the mobility scooter
The range given in the manufacturer's literature is just a guideline. The full range will vary depending on user weight, weather conditions, charge of battery, state of the terrain and how old the batteries are. Always check the battery indicator level on the scooter tiller display.
Sensible guidelines for safety…
- When using a footpath
Remember: When using a public footpath the pedestrians have right of way. The footpath is for pedestrians and you must remember this. Whilst most people will make room for you on your mobility scooter this may not always be the case. Whilst riding your mobility scooter on the pavement you must allow for pedestrian right of way and use your scooter in a safe manner. Adjust the speed accordingly as pedestrians may walk in front of your mobility scooter and you will then need to stop quickly. Remember that mobility scooters with electromagnetic brakes have a stopping distance of between one and 3 feet so again allow for this when navigating on a footpath.
- When going up or down kerbs
Always approach at a safe angle. In some electric wheelchairs it may be best to climb the kerb in a backwards direction. Always check with your supplier for the best advice. Ensure you never exceed the manufacturer’s advice with height of kerbs to climb or descend.
- Always keep an eye out for all users on the road and pavement. You may be doing the right thing but it does not mean that others will so be vigilant at all times.
When you need help…
- If you find yourself in a difficult situation, don’t panic. You will find that most people around you will be happy to assist you in moving your mobility scooter. If you have taken out insurance then keep the breakdown number to hand.
- When you are inside public buildings and shops
Remember that it is for you to control your mobility scooter in a safe manner. Always be aware of your surroundings and do not attempt to navigate an isle or turn that is too difficult. In shops there will be people to assist you so don’t attempt the impossible.
- Cut your speed in buildings and retail outlets
In shops and buildings always set your speed to the lowest setting. In shops people will suddenly walk in front of you so you must have the lowest speed setting to allow you to stop in time.
On the road…
Ensure you mobility scooter has a regular service from the dealer. It is important to have your scooter checked and serviced to keep it road worthy. Contact your dealer for advice.
- If you have a class 3 road legal mobility scooter then please remember the following: You are driving a mobility scooter and not a car. A mobility scooter is far more vulnerable than a car and also more difficult to see. Even if you have a road legal scooter try to use the pavement as much as possible and put your class 3 mobility scooter onto the pavement legal lower setting which will maximise speed to 4mph. 8mph mobility scooters must have a hi/low speed setting for pavement and road use.
- If you must travel on the road with a 6mph or 8mph mobility scooter remember to abide by the road rules and be very vigilant of other traffic.
- The law is applicable to all road users no matter what vehicle is being used.
Always drive within the law on the roads.
- The general Highway Code and rules are there for your safety so don't ignore them.
- You must follow traffic light signals as other road users do.
- If you have a 6mph or 8mph mobility scooter you must use a rear view mirror. All 6mph and 8mph mobility scooters should be supplied with a mirror.
- Ensure your mobility scooter is purchased from a reputable dealer and that your mobility scooter is legal to use on the pavement / roads.