From Kay, otherwise known as Elizabeth's sister:
ScooterMama - now that is a great name!!
I am sure that every one of us has experienced the things you have mentioned.
I don't even look back if I think I have knocked something over - who me????
I always charge my battery after an outing bacause you never know where the next day will take you. I have the Lion battery and have not often seen the amber light, but it would make me nervous.
I tend to always ride with my hands on the brakes bacause I am in New York City foot traffic every day and people do not look where they are going. WATCH OUT is what I yell at those people who step in front of me and you would be surprised at how quickly some of them can jump. I never apologize - I always look our for myself and everyone else should, too. I have had some close calls, but never my fault.
I have gotten really good with doors. If I see that they open towards me I ride up close to the left opening side of the door and make a little bit of a right turn at the door, use my left hand to open the door while backing up and turning the fromt wheel towards the door. I always go throught the left side of double doors, no matter which way they open. Every door is different, but I am usually able to scoot in without hitting myself with the door. Some doors (those I am familiar with) can be opened with your foot by pushing on the door while very slowly accelerating. Keep in mind that I am extremely coordinated - some may not be able to do this.
Have you thought about having the seat reupholstered? I have and I would use memory foam, like a tempurpedic mattress. You may have to buy a larger piece than you need for this, but you could always sell the rest of it to TravelScooters for the same use. I agree - I have a tired bottom after sitting on the scoot for a while.