Baby boomers are growing up, in fact they’re quickly approaching the age where they’re going to be needing mobility scooters to get around. If you find yourself in this demographic then you probably already have all sorts of plans as to where you’re going to go with your scooter and most importantly, what you’re going to do with it. You might take it on vacation, you might be heading to the grocery store, or maybe you just want to ride down the sidewalk to the neighbor’s house. No matter what you’re using it for, it is critical that you stay conscious of those around you whether they are riding a scooter or not. So long as you observe certain rules, it will be a great experience for you as well as those around you!
Rules to Consider
The following are some of the rules that you will want to consider following when you’re out and about. They are not mandatory by any means, but they are helpful to ensure a smooth experience:
- Be aware of your surroundings; look behind you, especially if you’re trying to overtake someone that is slower than you.
- Be careful and considerate when operating your scooter or power chair
- If there is a footpath or sidewalk available, make sure that you are using that in lieu of the road.
- If you are going to a restaurant, make sure you park your scooter to the side of the dining room so that the other guests are able to walk around normally.
- Don’t travel at the maximum speed if you’re in a busy area; you run the risk of colliding with someone.
- Keep to the right and pass on the left, just as if you were driving.
- Always pull over for phone calls that you want to answer. Yes, your scooter is slower than the average car, but that doesn’t mean you should text and drive.
The most important thing for you to remember while you are driving your mobility scooter is that you are essentially a pedestrian. You do need to give cars the right of way and you need to make sure that you are operating in a safe manner. A mobility scooter is a great way for you or anyone else to get around, regaining their mobility later in life, and so long as the rules are properly observed, you’re going to have a great time.
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