Choosing the best mobility scooter
Scooters are comparatively expensive and there are quite a few different types of motorised wheelchairs on the market, so it is best to shop around and find out as much as you can about them before deciding to buy.
It must suit your specific needs and ability. Considering some of the topics below, will help you choose the best mobility scooter for you or your loved one.
Things to consider are:
- Size and weight (it may have to fit inside a car or taxi)
- Power (you may need to travel up an incline)
- Speed & Manoeuvrability
- Brakes & other safety factors, and
Mobility Scooters in Australia & The Law
Although Australian laws vary from state to state, common principles apply. For example:
- The scooter does not require registration
- Riders do not need to be licenced, but must observe the same road rules as pedestrians
- There is no requirement to wear seat belts or helmets
- The scooter must weigh less than 110kg (unladen)
- Pillion passengers are not permitted
- The scooter must not exceed 10kph
- The rider must not travel along a road (unless it is impractical/dangerous to use the footpath or nature strip)
- The rider must not obstruct paths or roadways
- In the event of an accident, riders can be charged with related driving offences, and sued for damages.
Mobility Scooter Safety
Modern Mobility Scooters are inherently safe, however things can go wrong and it is best to be aware of the potential dangers.
First things first, the rider must be cognisant of all scooter controls and functions – starting with the brakes.
He/she should wear highly visible clothing and if necessary affix a fluorescent flag to the scooter.
Journeys should be planned in advance, with safe crossing points noted. If travelling to a new area, consult Google Maps Street View first.
The scooter should be serviced regularly, paying extra careful attention to safety issues.
To avoid accidental acceleration:
- Store bags and packages safely
- NEVER hang objects from the handles
- Remove the ignition key before getting on and off the scooter
- Secure loose clothing
For assistance and advice on Mobility Scooters in Australia or any mobility aid, chat to the team at Home Instead 1300 008 018. If we don’t have the answer on hand, we’ll find out and get straight back to you. Call 1300 008 018 or contact us to find out the number of your nearest Home Instead local office.