A User’s Guide To Mobility Scooters

Our FREE Mobility Scooter Guide has everything you need to know about buying and using a mobility scooter

If you or a loved one struggle to walk because of age or disability, a mobility scooter could provide you with the independence and mobility you need to allow you to get out and do all the activities you enjoy.

But before you head out to buy a mobility scooter, it’s important to firstly find out whether a scooter is right for your needs. It is also important that you take the right steps to make sure you choose a model that will suit your lifestyle, understand how to use your scooter and what you need to do to ensure it stays in optimum condition so your driving experience is safe.

This is why we have created the Blue Badge Insurance User’s Guide to Mobility Scooters. It has everything you need to know about buying and using a mobility scooter.

It contains important information and practical tips for both new and existing mobility scooter users so you can be confident that you have the right scooter and that you are using it properly to ensure not just your safety, but that of everyone around you.

Read more about the guide below.

Mobility scooters are becoming increasingly popular across Australia as they offer a safe and affordable way to regain your independence if you struggle to walk for long distances

1. Is a Mobility Scooter Right For Me?

Mobility scooters are designed for people who have limited mobility due to age or disability. They are safe and easy to use.

However, it is important that you consult with your doctor and/or an Occupational Therapist before you buy a scooter and also if your disability or medical condition has changed. They will help you decide whether a scooter is suitable for you and can liaise with your scooter supplier to make sure that you get the very best model for your needs.

This section of the guide has some important information about what you should do to be sure that you can operate a scooter safely

2. Choosing your Scooter

There are lots of types of scooters available on the market and it’s important to choose one that suits all your needs. Mobility scooters are therapeutic devices so there’s a lot more to consider than just looks and cost.

In this section of the guide, we outline everything you should consider before buying a scooter. This includes your height/weight, your environment, the distances you wish to travel, storage, your future needs and much more.

Mobility scooters are therapeutic devices so there’s a lot more to consider when buying one than just looks and cost

Topics we cover include:

  • You and your needs
  • Your environment
  • Where to buy a scooter
  • Things to ask when buying a scooter
  • Buying a second-hand scooter
  • Buying a scooter from overseas

3. Using Your Scooter

Once you have your mobility scooter, you will need to know how to use it safely and what you need to do to keep it in good condition.

This section of the guide covers a range of topics to help new and experienced scooter users ensure they are using their scooter safely.

Topics we cover include:

  • Practicing – how to practice using your scooter
  • Road rules – including speed limits, crossing roads and registration requirements
  • Safety – including safety accessories and how to avoid accidents
  • Transport and travelling with your scooter – everything you need to know about how to travel with your scooter on public transport, by car, by sea and by air
  • Maintenance – including when, where and how often you should service your scooter
  • Repairs – everything you should know about repairing your scooter
  • Security – how to protect your scooter from theft
  • Insurance – getting the cover you need to protect yourself from the costs associated with mobility scooter accidents
  • Roadside assistance – how to protect yourself against breakdowns and mechanical issues