The most direct or the shortest route will not always be the best to take on a scooter. Steep hills, high kerbs or other obstructions may make it impossible in some places.
You may take a Class 1 wheelchair on some buses and trains but always check that this service is available for both your outward and return journeys before you set off.
Out and about
• Do not use your scooter if you have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
• Check the patient information on any medication your doctor prescribes or which you buy over the counter. If the information says the medication could cause drowsiness, don’t use the scooter.
• Wear fluorescent materials or have fluorescent markings on your scooter and put on your lights to help other road users see you.
• Do not wear loose-fitting clothes. Make sure any belts or scarves are tucked away so they can’t catch in the wheels.
• Under no circumstances carry anyone else with you on the scooter.
• Do not carry or lead a pet as even trained and well-behaved animals can be unpredictable and cause crashes.
• Don’t overload your scooter with shopping or other goods as this could make the vehicle unstable and do not have anything hanging from the handlebars as this could affect stability.
• Mobile phones are a distraction, pull over and stop before using one.