For some, a mobility scooter is essential to help maintain independence
Unfortunately, each year, there are a number of accidents involving these vehicles. Several have been severe and resulted in deaths. View the statistics
Which is why our FREE two-hour Stay Safe skills and safety session is being offered.
Experienced scooter drivers will benefit by being reminded about the safety aspects and their responsibilities. It's never too late to learn! - and they can pass on their experience.
New drivers: If someone doesn’t feel confident or safe on a mobility scooter, has recently started using one or is thinking of getting one, then a FREE scooter safety session could help. You may like to bring a family member or friend (but please tell us beforehand).
Scooter Safety Sessions are now available in Horsham District. The aim is to increase safety awareness and skills of all mobility scooter users and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Your friendly 'Scooter Tutor' will talk to you about the best way of turning, cornering, reversing, crossing roads, going up and down kerbs, through doorways, etc.
You can practice on the excellent, smooth, 'outdoor classroom' and then go for a short tour in the town with your personal 'Scooter Tutor'
During the two-hour session you will hear how to avoid accidents by spotting potential hazards and given helpful driving tips.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recommend that mobility scooter users should be offered better guidance on their use. Read the article
Dec 2020 - An elderly man suffered a fractured pelvis and other injuries when knocked off his mobility scooter by an overtaking car, which failed to stop.
Jun 2020 - The driver of a mobility scooter driver was rescued and taken to hospital after steering into a canal in Slough. A witness said: “The ground is uneven and not suitable for this type of vehicle.”
When crossing the road, you should:-
Plan your journey so that, if you can, you use Zebra crossings or, better, Pelican (lights controlled) crossings.
Take special care and if possible, cross at the same time as pedestrians - but don't be first onto the road.
Always use dropped kerbs when moving off the pavement when there is no marked crossing.
Always approach kerbs at right angles to climb or descend.
Not try to negotiate a kerb higher than your scooter manufacturer’s recommendations.
Not drive onto the road from between or behind parked vehicles.
Nov 2020 - Firefighters gave first aid treatment after a car and a mobility scooter were in collision in Scarborough. The scooter driver was taken to hospital for treatment.
Feb 2021 - A man on a mobility scooter drove into the back of 94-year old widow, causing serious injuries from which she died. The driver did not stop and police are making enquiries to find him.
Stay Safe sessions are designed to help all scooter drivers
You will be able to:
• Gain useful safety tips to help yourself and others
• Practice giving way to pedestrians at all times
• Improve your awareness and control skills
• Better understand the law∗ affecting mobility scooters
• Understand the scooter controls
• Look for and recognise hazards
This is not a test. There is no 'Pass' or 'Fail'
(∗ For instance, powered wheelchairs and scooters MUST NOT travel faster than 4 mph on pavements or in pedestrian areas. This is far quicker than most people walk and you will need to reduce your speed to avoid injuring other pavement users.)
You will find out:
• The safe way of getting on and off a scooter
• How to adjust the scooter to suit you
• What action to take in an emergency
• How to safely carry shopping, crutches, walking sticks
• How to protect personal items, e.g. phone, bag, purse
• How to turn, pass doorways and other openings, cross roads, negotiate dropped kerbs and slopes
A scooter safety session lasts up to two hours
on a Wednesday afternoon - and is FREE
Afterwards, you will receive a copy of our 'Guidelines for Safety', a certificate of attendance and a bright orange high-visibility jacket which you can either wear when on your scooter or display it by draping it over the back of the seat (See and be Seen!)
DOWNLOAD our poster (then save/print as A4 or A5) and use it to tell your friends