Mobility Scooter Safety Guide

This Safety Guide offers information on the proper and safe use of mobility scooters. It is supplemental to information provided by the scooter manufacturer, including all mobility scooters recommended in the Really Good eBikes Guide to Mobility Scooters.

General Safety Guidelines

Your scooter is a state-of-the-art, life-enhancement device designed to increase mobility. We provide an extensive variety of products to best fit the individual needs of the scooter user, some of which are highlighted in our Guide to Choosing a Mobility Scooter

mobility scooter safety guide at really good ebikes

The following are precautions, tips, and other safety considerations intended to help you become accustomed to operating your scooter safely. While we recognize that scooter users will frequently develop skills to manage daily activities that may differ from those illustrated in this guide, it is imperative that all safety guidelines in this manual be followed to ensure user safety.

Failure to follow the safety notices in this and other manufacturer-supplied manuals and those located on your scooter can lead to personal injury and/or damage to the scooter, and may result in voiding the product warranty.

We have designed and engineered your scooter to provide maximum mobility and utility. Under no circumstances should you modify, add, remove, or disable any feature, part, or function of your scooter.

The center of gravity of your seating system was factory set to a position that meets the needs of the majority of users. It is the responsibility of your authorized dealer to evaluate your seating system and make any necessary adjustments to suit your specific requirements to prevent the scooter from tipping forward, rearward, or to the side. This is true for all of the mobility scooters represented in the Really Good eBikes Guide to Choosing a Mobility Scooter.

Controllers are factory set to a program that meets the needs of the demographic majority of users. The controller program can affect speed, acceleration, deceleration, dynamic stability, and braking. It is the responsibility of your authorized dealer to evaluate your specific requirements and make any necessary adjustments to the controller program.

Weight Limitations

All scooters on listed in the Guide are rated for a maximum weight capacity. Please refer to the product specifications table for this limit. Keep in mind that the maximum weight capacity includes the combined weight of the user and any accessories mounted to the scooter. Stay within the specified weight capacity of your scooter. Exceeding the weight capacity voids your warranty. We will not be held responsible for injuries and/or property damage resulting from failure to observe weight limitations.

mobility scooters know your weight limits

We recommend that you do not use the scooter as a seat during weight training activities or as a weight training apparatus. Such use can lead to undue stress and fatigue on scooter components, and can also affect center of gravity, resulting in a tip or a fall. We will not be held responsible for injuries and/ or property damage resulting from use of the scooter in weight training activities or as a weight training apparatus.

Incline Information

More and more buildings have ramps with specified degrees of inclination, designed for easy and safe access. Some ramps may have turning switchbacks (180-degree turns) that require you to have good cornering skills on your scooter.

  • Proceed with extreme caution as you approach the downgrade of a ramp or other incline.
  • Take wide swings with your scooter’s front wheels around any tight corners. If you do that, the scooter’s rear wheels will follow a wide arc, not cut the corner short, and not bump into or get hung up on any railing corners.
  • When driving down a ramp, keep the scooter’s speed adjustment set to the slowest speed setting to ensure a safely controlled descent.
  • Avoid sudden stops and starts. When climbing an incline, try to keep your scooter moving. If you must stop, start up again slowly and then accelerate cautiously. When driving down an incline, set your scooter to the slowest speed setting and drive in the forward direction only. 

If your scooter starts to move down the incline faster than you anticipated or desired, allow it to come to a complete stop by releasing the throttle control lever. Then, apply light pressure to the throttle control lever to ensure a safely controlled descent.

Not sure which brand is right for you? Well check out our comprehensive list of the Really Good eBikes Family of Brands.