With Autumn firmly underway and winter just around the corner, your Quingo mobility scooter can be a lifeline in keeping you in touch with your family, friends and the community and for making those vital trips out for essentials much easier and safer.
With this in mind, we would like to share a few tips that will make your trips out on your scooter both safer and more pleasurable.
Before any journey we suggest that you make sure your mobility scooter is fully charged, we actually recommend that you charge your scooter batteries overnight before any journey. Be aware that all batteries will have reduced performance in very cold conditions. Make sure you know the expected range of your scooter and leave yourself a bit of spare range. Check your scooters tyres regularly.
Do not overload your scooter as this will have a negative effect on range and could even reduce the stability of your scooter, never use the tiller to carry bags or other items as this can make the scooter difficult to control.
We also recommend you take a mobile phone with you, in case of any unforeseen hiccups, and that you ensure that it is fully charged. This phone should have an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number entered in it, there is a quick guide to this HERE. If you do not own a mobile phone take a small book with contact numbers in it or at very least carry something with contact numbers on it in your purse or wallet.
While we are on the subject of phones, if you have bought your Quingo from us you will no doubt have taken out the First Senior insurance package, this includes breakdown recovery in the unlikely event that your Quingo develops a fault, make sure you have the recovery phone number in your phone or to hand when you make any journey.
Be sure to inform a family member, trusted friend or carer of your intended route and the time you expect to return by.
Always check the weather forecast before any excursion and wrap up warm, if anything put on too many clothes because you can always take some off. Always make sure to have your extremities well protected with socks, warm boots and gloves, also a lightweight wrap-up cagoule or waterproof jacket is always handy with the vagaries of the British weather! We also recommend that if the weather is forecast to be very inclement that you postpone your journey or find an alternative means of transport.
Poor light conditions are always a consideration in the colder months so we recommend that you wear reflective safety clothing items and if your scooter features lights to make sure they are working and clean to make them as bright as possible.
When crossing roads wherever possible cross at a pedestrian crossing, always allow for drivers of vehicles extra time to see you, especially when it is dark or foggy, and if you are unsure they have seen you or that there is ample time to cross safely wait for another opportunity to cross.
Class 2 scooters are limited to 4mph and should only be driven on pavements (though you may use the road if no pavement is available or in an unsuitable condition). Pedestrians always have right of way and you should not travel too fast, pay extra attention to children and animals as they are likely to run into your path and give extra rooom for older people as they are unlikely to be able to move out of your way quickly if they need to.
Class 3 scooters can be also on pavements and paved areas but must be switched to the limited 4mph mode and used on the road at up to 8mph, you must abide by the highway code and your lights, indicators and horn must be working, your scooters must always have a rear view mirror as well. You can use a dual carriageway with a speed limit up to 50mph but your scooter must have an amber flashing light to do so, you must not use bus lanes, cycle only lanes or motorways.
While your Quingo benefits our advanced 5 wheel technology, which offers superior stability and will be much safer than trying to walk, we all know that ice and snow can still be a serious hazard in the winter months, be aware that damp, rotting leaves can also be extremely slippery as can damp grass or muddy patches, cobble stones and manhole covers. We also advise that you exercise caution around puddles and potholes which could be much deeper than expected and stay away from gutters as they are likely to have deeper water and possible hidden hazards.
Before using your scooter check your tyres for wear and tear, drive a little slower and give other road users or pedestrians more space.
Wishing you safe travels from the Quingo Team!