After a short break to avoid the wet and cold weather, Horsham Scooter Safety is once again offering Safety Sessions to local mobility scooter drivers.
Formed in 2018 by volunteers, the Sessions help scooter drivers to be safer on their machines by early recognition of possible hazards and showing how to deal with them.
The free, 90-minute sessions are usually held in the town on Wednesday afternoons but they have also been held in Pulborough, Henfield and Billingshurst.
Attendees may have their own scooters or be thinking of getting one. At each session, by appointment, there there will be a scooter available to ride.
Volunteer, Scooter Tutor, Tony Ediss explained: “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.
“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.”
This is not a test and there is no pass or fail. The friendly Scooter Tutors talk on a one-to-one basis with each driver and accompany them on a short tour of local pavements whilst advising on coping with pedestrians, dogs on leads, crossing roads and unexpected obstructions.
The Highway Code states that scooter drivers ‘should give pedestrians priority and show consideration for other pavement users’ (Rule 38). The Scooter Tutors make that very clear at all Sessions. They emphasise that when approaching people on narrow pavements, drivers should slow down or stop and, with a smile, invite the pedestrians to walk past. Considerate scooter drivers will win friends.
For more information, phone 01403 269384 or by view the website at horshamscootersafety.org.uk