1: MAKE SURE A SCOOTER IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU.
Mobility scooters are great for getting around - but they are not suitable for everyone. Operating a scooter requires some strength and skill. You need to take into account your ability/skill in - sight, co-ordination, strength, balance, and being able to concentrate for long periods of time. The best way to be sure a scooter is right for you is to be assessed by your GP or an Occupational Therapist before you buy.
2: CHOOSE YOUR SCOOTER CAREFULLY
Three wheels? Four wheels? What model? Which controls ? Is it better to hire or buy? New or 2nd hand?
Make sure you get the scooter that is right for you! The second hand one your neighbour is selling may not fit your needs. Keep in mind that if you have a Home Care Package under the new CDC Aged Care system in Australia – your package funds may be able to be used to subsidise the cost of the scooter. Choose a reputable supplier: one who will provide pre-sale advice, training, and after sales support. Beware of the pushy salesman who may not have your best interests in mind. Do your research, and make sure you have a test drive.
3: ALWAYS THINK SAFETY FIRST
Once you are the proud owner of your new wheels - keep your safety in mind :
Ensure the scooter has working lights, adequate mirrors, reflectors, a reflective flag and consider adding additional reflector tape, make your scooter stand out and be seen - so others on the road can see you in all conditions.
- Consider wearing a helmet - not very attractive but may save your life.
- Always carry a mobile phone, and your identification when you hit the road.
- Check the scooter before each trip, g. tyres inflated, battery charged.
- Have training on the use of the scooter, in different conditions and various gradients and terrain.
- Consider purchasing public liability insurance to cover your costs in the event you damage property or cause injury to another person.
4: CHECK YOUR SKILLS
A person's ability to use a scooter may change over time, so it is important to have regular checks with your GP or Occupational Therapist to ensure you continue to be able to operate the scooter safely.
5: BE AWARE OF THE RULES
Scooters are not permitted to travel more than 10km per hour (many of them can do speeds of 30 km per hr), so watch your speed to ensure not only your safety - but that of pedestrians and motorists. Moreover, of course as with any moving vehicle - it is illegal to operate a scooter under the influence of alcohol, so make sure you are under the limit before you ride.