Do's and Don'ts for Using Your Mobility Scooter Outdoors

Mobility scooters can have an incredible impact on improving the quality of life for those with limited mobility. These scooters provide users with a tool to keep them independent and help them live the lifestyle they deserve.

Do I Need A License to Drive A Mobility Scooter?

There are no special requirements such as licensing or insurance for those using a mobility device. You can purchase your device and get moving, even if you don’t have a driver’s license.

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Can I Drive A Mobility Scooter on The Road?

Individuals using a mobility scooter to get around are pedestrians in the eyes of the law. This means you should use sidewalks when they are available and only drive your scooter on the road if there is no sidewalk available. Cross only at marked crosswalks or traffic lights, follow the pedestrian signals and make sure to check for vehicles before crossing. Some cities may permit a mobility scooter user to utilize marked painted bike lanes or cycle tracks, however this varies by city so make sure to check with local municipalities.

Can My Mobility Scooter Go Up Hills?

It depends – some mobility scooters can navigate inclines better than others and we always recommend that you exercise caution when approaching steep inclines. If you live in an environment that has a lot of hills, this can be a major consideration point when buying a mobility scooter. Maximum incline angle, the angle the device can efficiently push up an incline while keeping all wheels on the ground, typically varies from 6° for travel scooters up to 12° for all-terrain scooters. Ground clearance (open space below your scooter chassis) can be important too if you’re planning to use your device on uneven terrain outdoors. If you’re looking for the best scooter to fit your needs use the equipment finder on our website, visit our Buyer's Guide or contact one of our team members – they’d be happy to help!

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What Are Some Other Do’s and Don’ts for Using an Electric Mobility Scooter?

A mobility scooter can be a very important addition to your life if you have mobility issues. If you’re using one to get around, it’s important to be considerate of pedestrians you come across. In busy places, keep the speed reduced (you never know when you may have to come to a sudden stop), keep an appropriate distance behind others, and slow down when turning corners. If you’re parking your device, make sure to take your scooter keys with you! Most importantly, stay safe by keeping others off your device while you’re using it – no matter how small they may be, it can upset the balance of the device.

If you’re ready to buy a device, check out our online store or contact one of our sales team members by email or via phone at 1-888-441-7575 (option 3) today.

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