If you have owned a car you will have had to ensure that it
passes its MOT every year, as well as carry our a regular service to help keep
it ticking over properly. Also, a regular wash to clean off abrasive and
corrosive salt, grit and grime, can add years to the lifespan of a vehicle. But
do you take the same care with your prized mobility scooter? If not, then read
on to learn how to best take care of your scooter.
Keep It Covered
When not in use it is best to keep your mobility scooter
protected with a weatherproof cover designed for mobility scooters. It is not
just to keep the rain off your scooter, good mobility scooter covers also to stop bird muck
and dust from getting on to and into it, and also it can help hide it from
prying eyes, reducing the risk of theft.
Keep It Clean
It is a good idea to clean scooter every week, especially with
heavy use. Clean the tiller and control panel to prevent dirt obscuring dials,
and keep wheels clean to improve grip. If you have a folding scooter, or one
that dismantles, clean all joints and parts thoroughly to prevent dirt building
Park on a Hard Standing
If you leave your mobility scooter out overnight it is
important to protect it from moisture damage. Parking on grass will result in
the underside becoming damp as moisture vapour from the grass condenses on the
cold chassis at night. The same thing happens with cars, much to the dismay of
car owners, who have to fork out a huge bill to repair their chassis. So even
if you have a new cover, please avoid parking on grass whenever possible. Even
if the scooter avoid corrosion, the battery and electrics will not thank you if
you leave it out at night.
Keep The Battery Charged
The most common problem retailers report is that owners
complain that their mobility scooter batteries keep running out.
Usually this is because they are not being fully charged before the next trip.
If you are using your mobility scooter daily it is important to put the battery
on charge overnight, which means 12-14 hours, not just 6-8 hours, and certainly
not just for a couple of hours before you leave the house.
When you first receive your new scooter it is important that
you fully charge your batteries for 24 hours several times in the first week.
This is to activate the battery fully and prevent future problems. If you only
partially charge your battery, the battery will lose capacity to fully charge
and within a year it will probably fail completely.
Another problem is when scooters are not used for several
months, as often happens when people stop using them during the winter.
Batteries can die if they are left uncharged for a long time, so even if you
are not using your scooter, keep the battery charged when it is not in use. It
is recommended batteries are charged twice a week overnight (12-14 hours) when
not in use.
For travel scooters it is advisable to remove the batteries
from the scooter to charge them. Also, during winter storage, it is important
to remove the battery from all scooter types and keep it in a clean and dry
environment in the home, rather than storing in a garage or shed.
It is also important to follow manufacturer instructions on
charging your batteries, so read the manual or call the store for the best
advice. Don’t just rely on what a friend says as their batteries may have
different requirements. And always use the correct charger.
Keep Your Types Inflated
Many people forget that the small tyres on a mobility scooter
are air filled, and as with cars and bicycles, they need to be inflated to the
correct pressure for best performance. Under inflated tyres put more strain on
the scooter and drain the battery faster, as well as cause longer term
Service Your Mobility Scooter
Just like a car, a mobility scooter benefits from a regular
service. A service should check the brakes, motor, wheel alignment, battery
test, as well as checking your lights are working properly and every else is
working in accordance with the manufacturer’s design.
Keeping your mobility scooter in tip top condition is not difficult. Just give your scooter a little TLC every week and it will keep motoring away for many years to come. Remember, you also need to keep your mobility scooter insured to be road legal. Read the Government advice on mobility scooters before taking to the road this year.