That’s right, we’re into the dark, often bitterly cold, winter months! And for those of you who are venturing out on your mobility scooters, this time of year can be somewhat challenging! From dark frozen mornings, to wet winter days, the conditions aren’t always ideal for those of you who are setting out on your scooters. So, with that being said, we wanted to help you feel as confident as possible this winter, with a few helpful tips on how to keep your scooter in the best shape possible!
Keep me clean!
Keeping your scooter dry after use in wet weather will prove vital to the lifespan of your components. The same goes for keeping your scooter clean after use, especially on the metalwork. A quick wipe down after use shouldn’t take a few minutes and should prevent any more complex maintenance work in the long-run.
Fully charge me!
To make sure that the battery can maximise its power you must ensure it’s fully charged each time before using it. This applies for EVERY time the scooter has been used, even if just for a short journey.
Please remember, 12 hours is the necessary minimum charge time for a scooter battery, any less than this and the battery performance will reduce over time and eventually become unusable.
Check my tyres!
In slippery, icy conditions, it’s especially important your tyres are regularly checked for general signs of wear and tear. Pneumatic tyres must have their pressure checked on a monthly basis, if they are not fully inflated the likelihood of an accident increases.
Keep me sheltered!
The ideal place to store your mobility scooter is in a house, garage, or shed. The main idea is that your scooter is kept dry to prevent components from rusting, especially in colder temperatures your battery will not perform as well so keeping your scooter sheltered helps to prevent this!
Protect my control panel!
Mobility scooters have electrical components so it is important to prevent water getting in where it shouldn’t. Use a protective cover to shield your control panel and try your best to keep both your scooter and more importantly yourself, dry!
A final note to take care in the winter months…
Now we’ve covered the basics of how to ensure your mobility scooter survives the winter months, it’s important to emphasise the most important thing to ensure is personal safety. If you’re venturing out into the dark, always wear high visibility clothing and wrap up warm, ensure your battery is fully charged, and that you have a working headlight turned on.
If you’re travelling somewhere further afield in the cold weather, it’s sensible to consider taking a mobile phone.
And last but not least, enjoy! With the correct precautions in place, get up, get out there and enjoy the freedom your mobility scooter allows you!
If you are unsure of the health of your battery, tyre pressure or would like a professional, friendly service, then please arrange a visit to our store so we can make sure you’re safe on your next journey – we’re here to help!