As mobility scooters are used on public pavements and some are used on the roads, there are plenty of chances for accidents and collisions.
Although a mobility scooter retailer will usually provide some basic guidance about using a mobility scooter safely and explain the basics of the controls, its really in the hands of the user once the scooter has been sold and is being used.
I think that an actual test being introduced would be taking things too far, after all, the whole idea is to provide assistance and accessibility to individuals with mobility needs, not to hinder them, and simple things should be kept that way, not over complicated.
But maybe more training for people on how to use them in the safest way possible and also some basic guidance of using a mobility scooter in the most efficient way, teaching general safe use as well as the safest and best methods when charging the battery, storing the scooter and anything else that may be useful for the user to know.
Although the speed of a mobility scooter is limited, it’s still a vehicle, capable of being involved in an accident, if a new user is trained to operate it well, knows when they should slow down, if they are allowed to take to the road or not, how to take corners safely and are even taught how to look out for pedestrians and motor vehicles who are not paying attention or suddenly do something which requires the mobility scooter user to react accordingly to avoid an accident, then it could significantly lower the chances of accidents and generally give the mobility scooter user extra confidence and keep them safer while out in public places.
What’s your own opinion on this? Do you feel that mobility scooter retailers already provide enough information and training on how to use a mobility scooter properly and safely? Do you think there should be more in-depth training or should it be left to the user and an expectation for them to be a responsible user once they have made their purchase?
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