Follow the rules and know how to use your mobility scooter safely

Safety tips and rules of the road for scooters from the RCMP

A Motorized Wheelchair or “Mobility Scooter” can greatly assist in helping individuals to move around their homes and neighbourhoods.

By following some simple road rules and safety tips, users can enjoy the extra mobility these scooters can provide, while keeping themselves and others safe.

Rules of the Road:

Drivers of these devices must follow the same road rules as pedestrians;

Follow basic “rules of the road” including coming to a full stop at intersections and for all traffic control devices, including stop signs;

Motorized wheelchairs can be driven legally on sidewalks and on the side of the road;

You don’t need a driver’s licence, registration or insurance to operate one.

Safety Tips:

Be sure you’re completely familiar with the instruction manual and ins and outs of your scooter;

Ride only where it’s safe, following the same guidelines as pedestrians;

Don’t assume that other traffic can see you, or will yield to you. Always drive defensively. It’s better to be overly cautious than to put yourself at risk;

Be extra cautious of possible traffic as you approach driveways and lanes;

Drive at the same speed as other pedestrian traffic;

If it’s necessary to travel near a roadway, use a safety flag on the back of your scooter. It should be at a higher level than your head for visibility;

Wear reflective clothing. Ensure your scooter is also equipped with something that reflects light and makes you visible. Remember, you want to give motorists every opportunity to see you;

Avoid using these devices if you’ve taken medication, drugs or alcohol that may affect your skills and judgement.

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