After such a long time, I thought with this one, I'd write about some tips and tricks I have learnt while travelling around on the scooter.
1. Get a travel card for free public transport!
PTV here in Melbourne are a bit secretive of their "Wheelchair and Scooter Pass" - I found out about it by accident. The free Myki covers you for free travel on trams (when accessible), buses (when accessible) and trains at any time for your zipping around pleasure. I use mine all the time now. It's valid for 3 years and has a rather awful photo of me on it.
More info here: PTV. I guess other states and territories maybe have the same scheme? Worth checking.
2. Play it safe around public transport!
I also try and memorise which platform is on which side of the train so I can face the right way to alight and not have to worry about driving backwards. I'm very aware that stations in my area often have very narrow platforms at the ends, so I'm extra careful.
With trams, it can sometimes be hit and miss. Thankfully, where I live, there are many 'super stops' so I can use the tram to the shops and home again, while saving battery. Sometimes, the tram does not match the platform and I have to get off and drag the scooter. Annoying, but it's a start.
3. If travelling by plane, make sure you have the right paperwork!
Last year, the scooter nearly didn't make it to Sydney as I didn't have the correct paperwork to fly. Qantas is very strict about their dangerous goods policies, so it pays to really be pedantic when you book your flight. This piece of paper covers me for a year. The people at the Dangerous Goods office get a copy of the Material Data Safety Sheet and they give me the certificate. Then all I have to do when booking is have my scooter dimensions handy (height, weight etc) and show the piece of paper when checking in. Just means the pilot knows he's carrying a bit of extra lithium!
4. Plan your journey!
This is like the most simple tip. I try and stay to familiar routes as I know where the bad concrete is and where the curbs are rough. I have also learnt to try and only cross streets at intersections as cars sometimes don't watch for scooters.
Also, I always look for cars backing out of driveways. I could easily get collected!
I'm sure I can add to this list in time. Having and using a scooter has been a really steep learning curve for me, for someone who has never driven a car. I have become so aware of everything as you tend to just turn the brain off a bit when you go for a walk, but on the scooter, I have to be really careful to keep myself safe.