5 Ways To Maintain Your Mobility Scooter Throughout Winter
06 Jan 2020
Owning a mobility scooter is a great way to get around. They are extremely useful, however, just like a car, a mobility scooter needs a little more upkeep and vigilance when the weather gets colder to ensure it keeps running smoothly. Winter is officially here and as January begins the coldest time of the year sets in. If you own a mobility scooter, it’s important to care for it as it reacts to the cold. We’ve created a guide with 5 tips to maintain your mobility scooter throughout winter.
Maintaining your mobility scooter throughout winter
You should regularly check your scooter tyres for general wear and tear and this practice is even more vital in winter as ice and cold can potentially damage them. Journeys during winter can be more hazardous due to the snow, ice and extra moisture on the ground. This means regular checks are crucial to ensure for safe usage of your mobility scooter.
Charging and battery
You should always keep your mobility scooter battery fully charged in between uses. This is especially important during winter months as the cold weather can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan. If you are able to take your mobility scooter out every day, even if just for a short journey, then do so as this can regulate the power supply. Click here to read 8 commonly asked questions about mobility scooters.
Always store your mobility scooter undercover when not in use. If you are able to leave it in a heated area such as your home or a garage, this is the most ideal solution. If this isn’t possible, invest in a waterproof mobility scooter cover, such as this one, and keep it as sheltered as you can. Your control panel contains electrical components so keeping this safe from the winter extremities is vital. You can purchase a control panel cover to ensure it is protected from the rain when you are travelling. Click here to see how to store and care for your mobility scooter.
Keep it clean
Your mobility scooter is more likely to get mud, oil and debris caught on it during winter journeys, therefore keeping it clean is vital. Give your scooter a wipe down after every journey, particularly if conditions are wet. One of the main things to avoid is leaving your scooter wet, as this can lead to rust and the faster deterioration of your scooter. Click here to read our top 5 mobility scooter accessories blog to see what other gadgets you should invest in.
As well as caring for your scooter, you should also consider the routes you take and change them if necessary. For example, some journeys which are perfectly safe in summer become somewhat hazardous during the winter. Ice, moisture and snow can make travelling more difficult. Consider your routes and plan your travel arrangements in advance to ensure your journeys remain smooth. Remember that winter brings the darker evenings so invest in some hi-vis for both yourself and your scooter so you can be seen. Equipt your scooter with both front and backlights so you are easily visible when conditions become darker.
It’s always worth being prepared and avoiding risky situations. Insuring your mobility scooter is a great way to make sure you are protected and have a plan if anything were to go wrong. At Blue Badge, we provide comprehensive mobility scooter insurance, carers insurance, wheelchair insurance and travel insurance with a range of options to suit you. Contact our team today for further information or to insure your mobility scooter.