Mobility scooter safety program to avoid road accidents resumes in Sussex

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Mobility scooter safety is at the forefront of a new program which has resumed operation in Horsham, West Sussex.

The Horsham Scooter Safety group will restart after a break caused by wet and cold weather.

According to the West Sussex County Times, the sessions will give tips and advice on how to stay safe.

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The thinking behind the program follows the deaths of 13 people from accidents involving mobility scooters in 2018.

The County Times report goes on to detail how the free 90-minute sessions will take place in Horsham on Wednesday afternoons.

The sessions set out to help people understand the law affecting mobility scooters, how to act in an emergency, protecting personal items and how to safely carry shopping or other items.

Scooter tutors will have 1 on 1  time with each driver, accompanying them on a pavement tour, while advising on how to deal with different situations and obstructions..

On mobility scooter safety, volunteer tutor Tony Ediss, told the County Times: “Even experienced scooter drivers benefit from a safety session as it is easy to fall into bad driving habits and a reminder of better ways could help avoid an accident. Reports of scooter accidents regularly appear in the newspapers and we know that with a bit more care, most could have been avoided.”

He added: “We recommend a session with us before buying a scooter as it can help in choosing and gives a person a good grounding in basic scooter safety. There is no cost to a scooter driver, other than giving up 90 minutes of their time. Their gain is added safety.”

Earlier this week, AMP reported on how a mobility scooter user ended up in hospital after hitting a pothole.

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