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WHAT 'RULES OF THE ROAD' SHOULD I FOLLOW? The Highway Code has a section on


and slow down if necessary. If the vehicle has a lap belt fitted to it, always use it - even for short journeys.


powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters. You should also look at a current edition of the Highway Code and become familiar with the various traffic signs and signals that you will come across when you are using your vehicle. There is also information on NFSUK’s website about best practice. Be careful not to overload your vehicle, for instance with shopping bags. It may become unstable and difficult to control. Try to carry heavy loads in the centre of the vehicle to maintain stability. Always check the manufacturer's guidance or operator's manual for load limits and advice about your particular scooter or powered chair. Never hang carrier bags on or from the vehicle's tiller or handlebars. Take extra care when going around a sharp corner, a camber or a bend, and slow down if necessary. If the vehicle has a lap belt fitted to it, always use it - even for short journeys. Always plan your journeys carefully, and whenever possible try to stick to the pavement. If you have to use the road, try to reach your destination without having to


Familiarise yourself with the facilities in your local area, such as dropped kerbs, which will help you to cross roads.


Always plan your journeys carefully, and whenever possible try to stick to the pavement. If you have to use the road, try to reach your destination without having to negotiate major roundabouts, rush-hour traffic, or busy roads.


negotiate major roundabouts, rush-hour traffic, or busy roads. Familiarise yourself with the facilities in


However, if the situation on the road does become too daunting, you can always switch to pavement mode (4 mph) and move to the footpath until you feel confident enough to rejoin the traffic. Remember, care should also be taken when using the pavement. Pedestrians may not hear a vehicle approaching and might,


your local area, such as dropped kerbs, which will help you to cross roads. However, if the situation on the road


Ensure you take a charged mobile phone with sufficient credits on it - in case of an emergency.


If you are travelling at night, Class 3 vehicles, but


does become too daunting, you can always switch to pavement mode (4 mph) and move to the footpath until you feel confident enough to rejoin the traffic. Remember, care should also be taken when using the pavement. Pedestrians may not hear a vehicle approaching and might, for instance, change direction without warning. Ensure you take a charged mobile phone with sufficient credits on it - in case of an emergency. If you are travelling at night, lights


conspicuous as possible. You could wear a fluorescent jacket or attach reflective markings to make you and your vehicle more conspicuous.


must be used, for both Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles, but remember it is always a good idea to be as conspicuous as possible. You could wear a fluorescent


remember it


lights must be used, for both Class 2 and is always a good idea to be as


MORE ADVICE AND HELP ... ... is available from your local Shopmobility Scheme. Check where your nearest one is by looking at NFSUK’s on-line Directory of its affiliated schemes at www.shopmobilityuk.org.


How can I keep my vehicle roadworthy? It


is essential Ask Shopmobility... Q: How can I hire mobility equipment on my holiday abroad?


accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Vehicle suppliers should be able to answer any questions you might have about the maintenance of specific models.


This is our regular spot where we publish the best questions from you about the Shopmobility service. If you want to ask a question please contact us by letter, phone or email.


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It is essential to keep your battery in good working order. Your dealer will advise on how often it should be charged, but never start an unfamiliar journey without a fully charged battery, and be aware of your vehicles range on a fully charged battery. Check your vehicles tyre pressure regularly. How far and how long you can travel on a charge will depend on your weight, the surface on which you are riding, if you are using lights and having the tyres at the correct pressure. Lighting equipment should be kept clean and in good working order.


A: If you “google” “hiring mobility scooters abroad” you’ll find a range of useful links. Make sure that you ask the same sort of questions about assessment, equipment maintenance, training and insurance as you would if buying or hiring in the UK. The risks are just the same and potentially with much more severe consequences in a foreign country if something goes wrong.


If you have a question about the Shopmobility Service then please feel free to ask NFSUK by letter, phone or email. NFSUK, 163 West Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0EF; t: 0844 41 41 850; e: info@shopmobilityuk.org.


for instance, change direction without warning.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I BREAK DOWN? It is important to know what service is available in the event of a breakdown and you are away from home. If hiring, check whether breakdown insurance is already in place. If buying, check what insurance is available, how much it costs and whether it extends to breakdown off road.


keep your battery in good working order. Your dealer will advise on how often it should be charged, but never start an unfamiliar journey without a fully charged battery, and be aware of your vehicles range on a fully charged battery. Check your vehicles tyre pressure regularly. How far and how long you can travel on a charge will depend on your weight, the surface on which you are riding, if you are using lights and having the tyres at the correct pressure. Lighting equipment should be kept clean and in good working order. If you are using weather protective capes, or scooter covers, you must ensure nothing obscures your visibility. Windows, windscreens and mirrors should also be clean and clear of obstructions for good all-round vision. It is important that your vehicle undergoes a thorough safety check at least once a year.


jacket or attach reflective markings to make you and your vehicle more conspicuous.


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There are approximately 12 million people affected by disability (about 20% of the UK's population) who are in turn supported by about 6 million carers, it is important that as much as possible is done to create more inclusive, equal, diverse and safer society for such a significant percentage of UK residents. Shopmobility is pleased to be working with the Disabled Motorists Federation (DMF) to help create better access for disabled car drivers. The DMF was established over 40 years ago to give advice to disabled people (irrespective of the nature of their disability) and their carers on issues relating to motoring and transport matters. You can get more information about them and what they might be able to do to help you from their website at: www.disabledmotoristsfederaton.org.uk or by telephoning them on 0151 6483457.


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If you haven’t looked at it recently then have make a point of going to NFSUK’s website www.shopmobilityuk.org. There is an on-line Directory with search facility and much more. We will also be publishing updates on there about the future of NFSUK as decisions are made in the coming weeks.


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