Five Mobility Scooter Checks Before Use

26 Jul 2022

As the weather begins to improve you may be looking to get out more. But before you begin to use your mobility scooter, you will want to make a few mobility checks before use, especially if it has been kept away in storage for a while. 

Mobility Scooters offer independence, freedom and provide many social opportunities. Yet owning a mobility scooter does of course come with the responsibility as you will be using your vehicle on a public path and have to follow traffic light instructions.

Whether it is your first time using your mobility scooter, or you are a professional, you will want to follow five of our mobility scooter checks before use. 

If you have not used your mobility scooter for a long period of time, check out our tips for preparing your mobility scooter.

5 Mobility Scooter Checks 

1. Get Mobility Scooter Insurance

Mobility Scooter insurance is one of the first steps you will want to take after buying your vehicle. Mobility Scooter insurance provides independence, freedom and is vital when it comes to maintaining the quality of life. 

Using a mobility scooter does of course come with its risks, at Blue Badge Mobility our mobility scooter insurance covers yourself and anyone permitted to use your vehicle as well as public liability, accidental damage and personal injury.

Want to learn more about our Mobility Scooter Insurance at Blue Badge? Check out our guide to insurance for mobility scooters

2. Consider Getting your Vehicle Serviced

Getting your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair serviced ensures that your vehicle is in working order and ensures the vehicle does not experience any unexpected breakdowns or repairs. To cut the costs of running your mobility scooter we advise getting it regularly serviced to ensure it is kept in top condition before you take it to the roads.

The Benefits of Getting your Mobility Scooter Serviced

  1. Identify battery issues
  2. Removes a build-up of dirt
  3. Prolong its life expectancy 
  4. Avoids unexpected breakdowns 
  5. Keep it looking as good as new!

3. Check your Tyres

To make sure that your mobility scooter works efficiently it’s crucial to check that the tyres are inflated correctly as it can aid with grip when you are on the roads. You can find the correct inflation levels for your mobility scooter in your handbook or online. 

It’s also vital to check the general wear and tear of your mobility scooter tyres in case the tyre sidewall is damaged and needs to be repaired.

4. Check your Batteries

Regularly checking your mobility scooter batteries between getting it serviced will ensure you can get out safely avoiding any potential breakdowns. First of all, ensure your vehicle is stationary and apply pressure to the lever that makes your vehicle run. If the LED or needle of your vehicle decreases as your vehicle moves then we would advise replacing your batteries as they are worn out.  

5.  Clean your Mobility Scooter

Cleaning your mobility scooter is a crucial step in ensuring it doesn’t receive a build-up of debris that could affect its performance and highlights any faults. Take a damp cloth with an abrasive cleanser to clean the metal and plastic parts of your vehicle but make sure to avoid using any cleaning tools that can scratch or mark your mobility scooter.

Finally, hit the roads!

Once you have followed our advised mobility scooter checks your vehicle will now be ready to hit the roads! Most importantly remember to drive safely and follow the highway code with the rules for users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters. 

At Blue Badge Mobility we offer affordable mobility scooter insurance to ensure the added safety and cover for your vehicle. We offer a wide range of policies adjusted to your needs and needs, whether you are seeking insurance for your manual wheelchair, electric wheelchair, or personal carer insurance we are here to help. 

We also offer optional extras for you to choose from for additional coverage to your mobility scooter policy. Our optional extras include puncture insurance, key insurance and breakdown cover. 

If you are ready to take the next step on your mobility scooter checklist and get your vehicle insured, contact us today and we will be happy to discuss our mobility scooter options and select the most suited policy for you. 

Still unsure on whether you need Mobility Scooter Insurance? Check out 5 reasons to renew your Mobility Scooter Insurance with Blue Badge here.

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