INFORMATION

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

See newspaper accounts of accidents involving mobility scooters.

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).

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Phone now to book your place on one of our Safety Sessions
01403 269 384

If you don't yet have a mobility scooter, see this page.

Scooter Safety Sessions are now available in Horsham District. Their aim is to increase safety awareness and skills of mobility scooter users to 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 session you will hear how to avoid accidents by spotting potential hazards and be 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

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Scooter drivers are in most DANGER!
when crossing, or driving along, roads

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.

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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
    • Understand the scooter controls
    • Look for and recognise hazards
    • Improve your awareness and control skills
    • Better understand the law affecting mobility scooters

   This is not a test.
   There is no 'Pass' or 'Fail'

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 Thursday afternoon - and is FREE

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!')

Phone to register your interest: 01403 269 384

(if we are out, please leave your number on the answering machine)

or email: horshamscootersafety@gmail.com

Stay Safe on your Mobility Scooter is a concept of
Horsham District Older Peoples Forum and
Horsham Town Community Partnership
in association with
Horsham District Council and Clearwell Mobility