Mobility scooters

Adrenaline-junkies hit the track for the second Arbroath Mobility Scooter Wacky Races on July 22nd.

Following the immense success of last year’s event which saw pensioners in mobility scooters racing around a track at up to 8mph, the races returned to Abroath’s Low Common to help users make the most of their independence.

According to a report in The Courier, the event, organised by Arbroath COPD Support Group, was visited by people from all over Angus. Organiser Donald Downie told the paper that last year’s event had fuelled enthusiasm to help the elderly and disabled gain confidence in getting out in their mobility scooters.

In the car park, a test course was set up for scooter users with various obstacles to help people experience every possible situation they may encounter while out in their local area. “It’s all about giving people confidence in handling a scooter,” said Donald. “Many have never even driven a car, so it’s all new to them but even if you’re on the pavement, rules must be followed.

“It can also be difficult for people to get around on the streets with things like parked cars and wheelie bins, and into shops, so we’re just trying to help them build that confidence.”

Donald added that if people are not in control of their scooter and experience a fall, their disability can “kick in and cause a real issue”.

Derek Jefferey, an ex-serviceman from Arbroath who uses a mobility scooter due to osteoarthritis, said: “Someone was parked and didn’t see me and they just reversed into me. I suffered whiplash and there was £700 of damage to my machine.

“There are a lot of pavements which are too narrow for mobility scooters and it can be hard to get around obstacles without going into the road, which can be dangerous.”

One of the event’s key aims is to raise money for the COPD. Donald said the races aim to restore confidence in both novice and advanced users. Those interested in taking part in next year’s event can take advantage of learner driving training which is offered to all users, as well as enjoy food stalls and family events throughout the day.

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