Electric wheelchair and scooter safety tips

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Motorised scooters and wheelchairs are a great solution for people who can’t walk or have trouble walking long distances. Whether you’re running errands, heading to school or work, or planning a day trip to one of our resorts, a motorised mobility device can help you get from A to B with ease. Here are a few ways you can ensure a safe and enjoyable outing on your mobility device:

Don't carry too much

Overloading your mobility device with too much weight doesn’t just drain the battery, it can affect the stability of your scooter. Specially-made accessories such as baskets, bags and pods can be added to your vehicle to ensure proper balance is maintained in all the right spots. Check with the manufacturer of your scooter to see what accessories are best for your needs so you can shop stress free!

Know the road rules

Did you know that the maximum speed allowed for motorised mobility devices in Victoria is 10km/h on level ground?

Make sure you’re travelling at the right speed to keep you and other pedestrians safe. You can find out more about Victorian road rules by visiting VicRoads.

Add a flag for increased visibility

In a mobility scooter usage and safety survey report, scooter users involved in incidents reported that not being seen or noticed may have been the key cause. Thankfully, there are a few ways to increase visibility:

  • Add a safety flag accessory to your device.
  • Wear bright coloured clothing.
  • Use lights, indicators and reflectors.

So there you have it, three easy tips to keep you safe on your travels. If you have any more handy tips, share them with us on social media using the hashtag #RACVScooterSafety.

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