Tips for a Safe
As a general rule, you should behave in the same way
as a pedestrian - if a footpath is readily accessible, you
must use it.
Don't drive up or down steep
Never put your power chair or
mobility scooter in neutral (or leave it out of gear) when on a
Take particular care when
turning and slow down when turning on sharp corners or
Be careful when driving on
Approach kerbs head-on rather
than on an angle.
Don't let another person
stand or sit on your power chair or scooter while you're using
Adjust your speed to the
If you're traveling slowly,
it's courteous to stay on one side of the footpath to allow others
to get past you. Show particular consideration for the elderly or
those who may have a vision or hearing impairment.
Don't travel faster than
surrounding pedestrians, particularly if they are unable to move
out of the way easily (e.g., on a crowded footpath or at a concert
If you stop to talk to
someone, turn off the key or take your hand off the power
See and be seen
Remember that drivers may
find it hard to see you, because you're nearer to the ground than a
motor vehicle or pedestrian. If possible, fit a flag to your power
chair or scooter at a height of at least a metre off the ground to
make you more visible. Brightly coloured clothes can also increase
If you have glasses for
long-distance vision or bifocals, make sure you wear
Fitting a rear-vision mirror
can help you see hazards coming up behind you.
Always check over your
shoulder when changing direction.
Always listen and watch for
vehicles coming out of driveways. If in doubt, wait until you're
sure the way is clear.
Some scooters have indicators
- if you have them, use them so that other road users are aware of
Cross with care
Try to cross a road at a
pedestrian crossing or at an intersection with Stop or
Give Way signs. Where this is not possible, take particular care
and don't be afraid to ask for assistance.
Always check very carefully
that the way is clear before crossing the road.
Use the shortest possible
path across the road.
Never cross where you can't
see the oncoming traffic (e.g., on a hill, at a curve in the road,
or where parked cars are obstructing your view).
Never cross without first
looking across to check that you will be able to get back onto the
footpath on the other side. Avoid traveling over kerbs.
Take particular care at
intersections and roundabouts - cross as a pedestrian would, from
footpath to footpath. If the intersection or roundabout is very
busy, consider taking an alternative route.
Beware of interference
Radio wave sources, such as
radio and TV stations, amateur radio transmitters, two-way radios
and cell phones, may affect the operation of power chairs and
Don't operate hand-held
personal communication devices, such as cell phones, while your
power chair or scooter is switched on.
Avoid going near radio or
television transmitters and people who are using cell
Take your hand off the power control and remove the
key before getting off your scooter or power chair. Remember
to take the key with you when you are leaving it unattended.
If possible, park in a sheltered area.
Don't leave your power chair or scooter unattended
if it is parked in the way of other pedestrians.