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Top tips for driving a scooter or electric wheelchair with mobility issues

Man using a mobility scooter

Driving with a disability or mobility issue has been a struggle in the past, but with the introduction of Motability, driving has become accessible for everyone. A recent article by News Motability has outlined some top tips for those with a mobility issue or those who may rely on aids like stairlifts, ensuring they are as a safe as possible and as comfortable as they can be, especially if they are driving a scooter or powered wheelchair.

Whether you are driving a car, a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair, there are some simple rules to follow to make sure you and the people around you are safe.

Watch out for kerbs

When driving a motorised scooter or wheelchair, it is important to look out for kerbs, there is generally a maximum kerb height that your vehicle will be able to climb, so it is worth checking this before attempting to go up or down any in your local area.

It is also a good idea to ensure you lower your speed before going up or down a kerb to avoid any uncomfortable jolts or movements.


Watch your speed limit

Even when you’re on a scooter or wheelchair, much like a car you have to watch your speed. Most scooters and wheelchairs will have a maximum speed of 8mph, this only applies when you are travelling on the road. If you are travelling off-road, this includes on the pavement, then the speed limit is 4mph.

Driving on the road

There are very specific rules on what sorts of scooters and wheelchairs can be driven on the road. They must be class 3, and fitted with the following:

  • Front and rear lights
  • Indicators
  • Horn

If you are planning to travel on the road in your vehicle, you must not travel in bus or taxi lanes and you must adhere to all of the road signs. It is also a great idea to wear visible clothing so it is easy for other motorists to spot you.

Driving a scooter is very much like driving a car and being aware is one of the most important things, but it is a great way to give yourself or someone you love a bit of freedom and independence.

This news article is from Companion Stairlifts. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.