8 common questions about mobility scooters
06 Aug 2019
Owning a mobility scooter is a fantastic opportunity to improve your life. These are handy tools which can give you the confidence to travel and socialise. More people than ever are benefitting from mobility scooters. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of 8 commonly asked questions about mobility scooters.
Do I need to register my mobility scooter with the DVLA?
Class 3 mobility scooters (between 4mph to 8mph) need to be registered with the DVLA; this is a legal requirement. It is free to do this, and you’ll be given a registration number. You are not required to show this on your vehicle.
How often do I need to charge my mobility scooter?
It’s crucial to remember to charge your battery after each ride. Leaving it low or partially charged can damage the battery, so ensure it is put on charge when you arrive home. This will help to keep the battery in good condition. Check your manufacturer’s recommendations for further information on charging.
How can I clean my mobility scooter?
Use a soft cloth to wipe down your scooter. You can use mild disinfectant wipes on the seat but never use bleach or any harsh chemicals as this can damage the scooter. Be careful whilst you’re cleaning and don’t get any electrical components wet. It’s a good idea to keep your scooter covered whilst not in use.
Do mobility scooters have weight limits?
There is a weight limit on scooters so it’s important you research and choose the right one for you. Different styles of scooters have different weight limits. For example, a road scooter can take more weight than a small scooter that you would use around the home. Also, consider that you may need extra room for luggage and shopping.
Can I get breakdown cover for my mobility scooter?
Yes, you can get breakdown cover for your scooter. It’s highly recommended in case you ever get stranded. We have a recovery service which will recover you and your Mobility Scooter and return it to your chosen destination within a 20-mile radius of breakdown. This will give you peace of mine whilst you’re travelling.
I need a mobility scooter but cannot afford one
If you are looking to get a mobility scooter but can’t afford to buy one out right, there are various options for you. Don’t rule out getting one. Using a mobility scooter can bring independence and confidence to your life and can be a great asset to you. Click here for more information on different schemes that are offered in the UK.
I’ve had an accident on my mobility scooter. Do I have to report it?
If you’ve had an accident which has damaged another person or property, you must report it to the police within 48 hours. Failure to do so can result in a fine. Its recommended that you always travel slowly in public areas. Gauge the speed of everyone around you and ensure you aren’t travelling too fast. You also shouldn’t operate your scooter if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
Where am I allowed to ride my mobility scooter?
You can ride a Class 3 scooter on the road, however, Class 2 scooters are not allowed on the road. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially in a busy area. You can ride your scooter inside shops providing there is enough room to easily move around.
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