Staying mobile is incredibly important. Losing the ability to get around has a proven link to social isolation and depression. Mobility scooters offer a new freedom for many people.
They can however pose challenges for other road users. Understanding the challenges on both sides and sharing the road is the key. IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, shares his advice on driving safely around mobility and electric wheelchair users.
Richard said: “All road users have subtly different challenges and problems tend to arise when these challenges clash. But the groups aren’t mutually exclusive. The driver of a mobility scooter probably used to own a car. The Mum with the buggy might drive a bus for a living.
“Time is always too short but a bit of understanding of these conflicting needs goes a long way in making us more amicable road users. And a bit of empathy can make us feel better too. Who doesn’t get a warm glow from a friendly thank-you wave from the driver you allowed to go first? Keep an eye out for your fellow road users and improve your own day as well as theirs.”