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Mobility scooter safety

Users should take care when riding a mobility scooter and observe the following safety guidelines:

General

  • Stay within the legal speed limit of 10 km/h.
  • Be aware that taking medication or driving under the influence of alcohol may affect the user’s judgement.
  • If you are carrying parcels, ensure that the load will not over-balance your motorised mobility device and that the parcels do not interfere with your controls or vision.

Protective gear

  • Always make sure that you are clearly visible, particularly at night or on dull days—use the lights and reflectors and install a reflective safety flag at a height detectable to motorists.
  • Wear a bicycle helmet whenever possible.

Pedestrians and footpaths

  • Slow down when you are near other people, especially pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Avoid stopping or driving on inclines greater than your scooter’s capabilities.
  • Use footpaths if possible. If there are no footpaths, plan to use quieter roads.
  • Plan your trip and avoid uneven surfaces, dips and potholes.

The South Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure has further tips available on road safety and mobility scooters. Click here to follow the link.

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