With winter well and truly upon us, you may be wondering how to care for your mobility scooter as the weather cools. Many mobility scooter users take their scooters out much less during the colder months. If you do happen to use your mobility scooter a lot during winter, however, you may be exposing it to harsh environmental conditions.
Either way, it’s important to pay extra attention to the condition of your scooter during winter and to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make it last through the cold season.
Here are some of our tips on how to look after your mobility scooter in winter.
Charge your battery
If your scooter is lying dormant over the winter months, it’s important to make sure you’re charging the battery regularly. If you’re not using your scooter every day, it’s easy to forget to do this.
Keeping your battery charged important for two main reasons:
- Getting into the habit of charging your battery in winter avoids a situation where you need to leave the house in a hurry, only to realise your battery is low. It is essential that your battery is fully charged before leaving the house to ensure you can make it to and from your destination safely. Getting stranded without a charged battery is both unsafe and inconvenient. This is especially true in winter when you’ll want to avoid being stuck outside in the cold.
- Batteries can become damaged when left uncharged for long periods of time. Charging your battery regularly helps to ensure it will reach its estimated lifespan. Our chargers are also designed to cut off supply when the battery is fully charged, so there’s no need to worry about overcharging it.
Store your scooter inside
Keep your scooter in a warm, dry place during winter. Leaving it outside can have damaging effects on the battery, as well as the control panel and body of the scooter.
Your scooter should be stored in a place that’s sheltered from harsh temperatures, from frost and precipitation. This could be a shed, garage, or basement. If you don’t have an indoor space big enough to store your scooter, consider storing the battery inside and covering the scooter with a tarp.
Look after the tyres
As with the battery, it can be easy to neglect the tyres when your scooter isn’t being used. If you’re putting your scooter into storage, make sure the tyres are fully inflated before doing so. If the tyres deflate, they can crack, wear down, and compromise the ability and safety of your scooter.
It’s also important to check in on your scooter if you aren’t using it. Each time you go in to charge the battery, have a look at the tyres and make sure they’re still inflated. If they start to deflate, giving them some extra air will help keep them going.
Avoid extreme weather conditions
Finally, it’s very important to avoid extreme weather conditions. This applies whether your scooter is in storage, or if you’re still taking it out.
Avoiding extreme weather conditions such as rain, snow, wind and hail is important not only for the safety of your scooter but for your own health and wellbeing. If you must go out in the rain, drive slowly and invest in a rain cover to keep both you and your scooter dry.
If you need any advice on how to look after your mobility scooter in winter, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team! Give us a call on 1300 884 880 and we’ll be happy to help you out.