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MOBILITY SCOOTER ETIQUETTE / TIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

As baby boomers are now in or reaching their mature years, a record number of people are driving around in mobility scooters, whether it be on vacation, in a supermarket, at a convention, etc. While those driving scooters deserve the respect of others in order to smoothly operate their equipment, driving a scooter is a two-way street. If scooter drivers are conscious and courteous of those around them, they make it safer and more pleasurable for pedestrians and others.

Surprisingly, even with the large number of individuals using scooters today, there isn’t much guidance about how to courteously operate the equipment. Here are a few tips and etiquette suggestions from Special Needs Group for scooter drivers to ensure that their trips are safe and enjoyable for themselves and those around them:

When traveling:

Hauling personal special needs equipment across the ocean or around the world is inconvenient and not always trouble-free. It can be easily damaged or even lost in transit, and it’s extremely difficult to repair your equipment abroad. A better option is to lease the equipment for travel from a specialty firm dedicated to providing special needs equipment for travelers.

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has created significant changes within the travel industry, and there has been deepening respect and higher level of acceptance for all forms of ability differences, there are still more improvements that can be implemented. By practicing proper etiquette and being courteous, scooter drivers can make life safer and more enjoyable for themselves and those around them.

 

February 17, 2011

 

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