It’s that time of your life when you decide to buy an electric mobility scooter due to age or a chronic illness. Perhaps you developed arthritis and can’t move as well as you used to. Maybe you don’t have the same energy as you did back in the day. Whichever your situation is, it has become more evident that you need to get yourself a mobility scooter. A mobility scooter will help you get from point A to point B without hurting yourself or depending on others. They are the perfect tool for anyone who values independence and enjoys feeling the wind and the sun in their faces.

If you’re considering buying a scooter or already bought one, here are some tips to help you get ready for your first ride.

Learn to use the scooter before using it.

The first thing you will want to do is learn to use the scooter before riding it for the first time. You need to figure out how to accelerate and how to brake before you go to the streets with your new “vehicle.” Learn about the buttons on the handle and any available light options. Try checking out video tutorials on the subject, so it’s easier to visualize it before hitting the streets with the scooter.

Call the store before going.

If this is your first time visiting a store with a scooter, be sure to call the store before going over there and ask if they can accommodate you with your scooter. They will tell you if they have ramps and entrances available for scooters, original they are not allowed in the store for size inconveniences. The idea is to prevent getting to a store and going elsewhere because the scooter is not permitted on the premises. In this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Make your scooter stand out.

Additionally, you will want to make your scooter stand out in the street, so people are aware of your presence. This is important because you don’t want cars or bikes to accidentally hit you as they drive by. To do this, you can add a reflective vest to the back of your seat or add flashing lights to it so others can immediately notice when you’re there. This technique could prevent tragic accidents and make it easier for others to manoeuvre around you.

Follow safety precautions when driving.

Like every other vehicle on the road, you need to make sure you follow the safety precautions when driving your electric scooter to your destination. This means signalling others when you’re around, not driving in the streets, staying on the right side of the path, and never using your cellphone while driving. You can also install a bell or a horn to alert people that you are travelling behind them. Likewise, you want to look behind you before passing to the left or both ways when crossing the street. Taking the proper measures can help you stay safe when running your errands or shopping at the mall.

Travel slow to avoid accidents.

Lastly, you want to keep a steady and slow speed when manoeuvring inside buildings and travelling on a sidewalk. Pedestrians and people inside the mall or shops can get hurt if hit by a speeding mobility scooter and can even sue you if they feel like it. Try to prevent that by staying at a reasonable speed in crowded areas and other public places, so you can stay in complete control of your scooter.

Try these tips to make better use of your scooter wherever you go.