It is sometimes necessary in some medical conditions that a person who will use a mobility scooter will need to practice operating the mobility scooter in the presence of a trained person.
A trained person or attendant could be a family member or a professional specially trained to assist a mobility scooter user in their day to day activities.
In the beginning, when one starts to use their mobility scooter for daily activities they will encounter situations where some (or in some cases a lot of) practice is required. This is not a problem; it just requires some time. Once you put in the time and become familiar with the controls and maneuvering you will become confident and will easily be able to maneuver through doorways, elevators, ramps, and over moderate terrain.
Some precautions however, should always be taken. Discussed below are some precautions, tips, and other safety considerations for mobility scooter users:
- No Modifications – Do not modify your mobility scooter. Mobility scooters are designed in such a way that they can provide maximum mobility and utility. Under no circumstances should one modify, add, remove, or disable any of the mobility scooters features, parts, or functions.
- No Lifting by Removable Parts – Do not try and move or lift a mobility scooter by any removable parts. This includes, armrests, seat, or shroud.
- Perform Regular Safety Checks – It is also recommended that the user performs a safety check before every single use of their mobility scooter. This will ensure that the mobility scooter is operating smoothly and safely. The following things might be helpful:
- Check tire air pressure
- Check whether all electrical connections are tight and if there is any corrosion
- Check the brakes
- Check battery charge