Tips for riding on the
The law says that you must use the footpath if it is
readily accessible. However, where you must use the road,
keep to the following guidelines to ensure your
Always travel on the
left-hand side of the road and as close to the edge of the road as
Obey all traffic signs and
signals, and give way to pedestrians who are crossing. Look out for
children, because they often lack the skills and experience to
negotiate traffic safely.
Be aware that your power
chair or mobility scooter is not as powerful or as conspicuous as
other vehicles on the road.
Watch out for obstructions in
the road ahead, such as drains, potholes and parked cars. When
passing parked cars, watch out for doors being opened in your path,
or a vehicle moving off without indicating.
If you have indicators, use
them. If not, use hand signals. Try not to startle pedestrians if
you use a warning device (e.g., a horn).
If you need to go on the road
regularly, consider getting your scooter or power chair fitted with
indicators, lights, a horn, reversing beepers, warning flags and