Advanced Driving Tips
Getting used to different obstacles takes time and practice
Like with any new activity or mode of transportation, getting used to different obstacles takes time and practice. Doors, ramps, curbs, grass, and gravel are all common problems that can be mastered with patience and practice.
Doors: When you arrive at an unfamiliar door, take a look. How does it open: knob, push bar, automatically, towards you, or away? If you're encountering a doorknob or push bar, hold it in one hand, and use the other hand to apply slow, gentle pressure forward. Let self-closing door close behind you, or simply push doors closed. Harness the power of the scooter, without causing yourself strain.
If the door opens towards you, use the same process in reverse. Hold the knob or bar in one hand and slowly reverse. Once the door is open wide enough, go through the space keeping your hand on the door. Let go once you're past the doorjamb.
Control on Ramps: Isn't it great that more and more buildings are being built with accessible, easy to use ramps?! These ramps are designed for the mobility scooter, but they still take a little practice. Many ramps will change direction halfway up. To handle these corners, turn as widely as possible with your front wheels allowing the back wheels to follow. Should you stop halfway up, fear not, the parking brake will keep you safe. Once you get moving again, the parking brake automatically releases.
Always go down a ramp on "slow" to ensure a safe, controlled descent. Releasing the control lever will bring you to a gentle stop.
Grass, Gravel, and Inclines: While most Canada Scooters are intended for sidewalks, pavement, and indoor surfaces, they do perform adequately on grass, gravel, and hills. To ensure your safety, do not exceed the parameters established in this manual! The Rules and Safety section includes additional information. A good rule of thumb is that if in doubt, avoid the terrain. Packed gravel, driveways, and roads are rarely a problem. Deep gravel and loosely packed sand should be avoided!
Only attempt a turn with all four wheels on level ground. This will keep your scooter stable. The maximum gradient limit of your scooter is 8 degrees. This ensures the stability of you and our scooter. The rear stability of your scooter depends on several factors, such as: your height, the angle of your backrest, your weight, and the slope or height of the obstacle ahead of you. Before you attempt a gradient, or alternative terrain, make sure your scooter is working at its best. Always think safety first!
Inclement weather, such as wet or icy roads can hinder the safety of your scooter. Never drive through deep water, or expose your scooter to heavy rain as this can cause irreparable damage to the electrical components.