3 December 2021 – Training gives mobility scooter riders more confidence to ride.
The batteries were charged, tyres pumped, flags fluttering and it was time to hit the road when residents at Summerset in the Vines in Havelock North took part in our latest mobility scooter training session.
Organised by Safer Hastings partners to help raise awareness and prevent injuries from mobility scooter falls and accidents, 15 people took advantage of the opportunity to both socialise and gain more confidence on their rides.
Safer Hastings Chair Eileen Lawson said the exercise was designed for people who did not have a lot of experience riding a scooter, and a refresher for those who were more used to it, along with some maintenance tips.
“Up to 80 per cent of mobility scooter owners have got them second-hand so they don’t get any training on how to use them.”
Age Concern Havelock North manager Carol Winters says that with the roads becoming increasingly busy around the district, it was really valuable spending the time to make people feel safer on their scooters.
“If we can help them gain confidence, there’s so many benefits – it gets them out of their house and immediate environment and helps them remain connected with others and to socialise.”
Summerset in the Vines resident Judy Clarkson was one of the first in the complex to get a scooter and is already pretty used to it.
“I love it – I’ve got a bad back and find walking pretty difficult – I use the scooter a lot and others have been watching me getting around and thought ‘that’s what I need’.”
The Mobility Centre team gave their time for free to help instruct and test the scooters’ roadworthiness, along with Police, Safer Hastings, Age Concern Havelock North, and Hastings District Council transportation team representatives.