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Driving advice for mobility scooters

Hints and tips to ensure you travel safely.

Driving advice for mobility scooters.
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Finding the best mobility scooter for you

Looking to invest in a mobility scooter? Our handy buying guide can help you find the right model to fit your lifestyle.


But if you’re a new driver and not sure where to start, we’ve pulled together some top tips to get the most from your scooter.

What are the different types of mobility scooters?

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Class 2 mobility scooters

Class 2 scooters are designed to be used on pavements and footpaths. They have a maximum speed of 4mph, making them perfect for all those day-to-day outings.

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Class 3 mobility scooters

These scooters are designed to travel up to 4mph on pavements and 8mph on roads. They're ideal for travelling that little bit further but must be registered with the DVLA using a V55/4 or V55/5 form.

Driving your mobility scooter

You are responsible for your own and other people’s safety. There are lessons and test drives which you can complete to increase your confidence, but here are some top tips for a safe journey.


    See and be seen - ensure your scooter’s lights are working, invest in reflective clothing and avoid loose-fitting accessories, which could get caught.



      A full charge will allow your scooter to travel its maximum distance. The weight on your scooter and your chosen route may affect this, so keep your scooter fully charged. 


        It’s recommended to take out third-party insurance as a minimum. As well as being covered for theft or damage.



          Check your wheels, headlights and indicators regularly. Your scooter needs to be serviced annually, as well as renewing your disabled tax disc for class 3 scooter users.


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            Plan your route so it’s safe and accessible. No footpath? Then travel in the same direction of traffic, following traffic lights and other road instructions. And remember, pedestrians have right of way.

              Taking any medication?

              Ask your doctor or pharmacist before you start driving, and avoid driving when taking any tablets that cause drowsiness. Do not drive if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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