Looking After Your Mobility Scooter
As summer 2015 is coming to an end we look ahead to the affects that winter will have on your mobility scooter and what you can do to prolong its life! Winter brings with it conditions that make it hard to keep your scooter in tip top condition however with our advice you can keep yours moving and looking good throughout those gloomy months.
So what can go wrong and what measures can I take to prepare?
Batteries - Batteries are the single most important part of your mobility scooter. They are the fuel to the electric motor under your seat and make those wheels move! If your batteries fail then your scooter becomes unuseable. So what can you do to maintain the batteries? Well firstly ensure that the batteries are recharged to full after every use. If you are not using your scooter for a long period of time then you must fully charge your batteries at least once a fortnight. These two actions will help the batteries to maintain their ability to output power over a much longer period of time.
Wheels & Tyres - If you tend to use your scooter on all terrains then this section really applies to you! Before using your scooter you should be completing a quick visual check of your tyres. Look out for any wear to the tyre tread as this can cause skidding and lead to loosing control of the scooter. Keep an eye on the nuts and bolts that keep your wheels fixed to the scooter. If you hear any rattling then stop driving and make sure the wheel is secure before setting off again. If the wheel is not secue then get in contact with a mobility company as soon as possible!
Lights, Indicators and Horn - If you want to keep safe when you take your scooter out then please make sure that these three functions are working first. You can check these from the comfort of your seat as all the buttons will be within reaching distance. Check the lights and indicators are working by leaning over or by looking in mirrors or for the reflection on the walls. Press and hold the horn button and await the noise that follows. To ensure these functions stay working then store the scooter in a dry place and purchase a waterproof cape! Rain can be the number one reason why these functions fail and the waterproof cape will act as a barrier and protect the electrics.
Servicing - At a minimum you should aim to get your scooter serviced once a year! If you use your scooter on a daily basis then we recommend servicing every 6 months! The checks I have told you to do previously in this blog are fantastic to maintaining your scooter but many vital checks can lay outstanding. Having a qualified engineer look at your scooter in detail will cost under £50 but it is well worth the money in my opinion. The engineer is trained to spot even the smallest of faults and can deal with them before they become a problem!
If you are thinking about servicing your scooter then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Easy Pay Mobility. Send us an email on [email protected] or feel free to call on 01732 446 336.