Much like an automobile, motorcycle, or bicycle, a mobility scooter will remain in good condition if it is properly maintained. As such, a bit of daily maintenance (coupled with a yearly servicing) is highly recommended for those who use their scooter regularly. Daily maintenance is not difficult, and for the most part, can be performed in the comfort of your home. Here are some useful maintenance tips to keep your mobility scooter in great working condition.
Although you are not legally required to buy insurance for your mobility scooter, it is still highly recommended. Insurance can cover the following issues:
Before buying a specific policy, you should check your household insurance policy to see if a mobility scooter could be covered under the existing plan.
When using your mobility scooter in inclement weather, it’s always a good idea to protect the electrical components of the device. Also, if your scooter seat is made of leather or fabric, it is a good idea to protect those as well. A variety of seat covers, tire guards and waterproof shells are available for purchase from many suppliers.
Make sure to wash any dust or dirt off of your mobility scooter as soon as possible. Both dust and dirt in any moving parts may cause unnecessary damage to the device. Also, it is essential to keep your scooter as dry as possible in order to keep rust and corrosion from forming along the metal parts. Remember to clean the underside of the scooter as well as the battery pack. Both areas can be affected by dirt and grime. These areas are often neglected by scooter owners. When not in use, the mobility scooter should be stored in a clean, dry place for protection. This could include a hallway, garage or outdoor shed.
The batteries are perhaps the most important component to any mobility scooter as they provide the charge that powers the device. As such, they must be looked after and maintained properly. All scooter batteries are rechargeable, and will either be made of a sealed lead acid, gel based material or lithium. You need to follow a strict charging regime in order to get the most out of your mobility scooter battery life. Always charge the scooter battery for 8 to 10 hours at a time (or the amount of time allotted in your specific manual) and make sure not to use your scooter during that period. Ideally, you should be charging your scooter battery after each time you use your mobility device. Often the scooter will come equipped with a charge indicator which will inform you of when you need to charge the device. It is recommended that you do not charge a mobility scooter if there is 80% or more charge left in the battery. Don’t forget that a number of factors are involved with draining your battery other than just driving the scooter. Using your headlights has an affect, the weight of the rider and hilly or sloped terrain will also have an affect. Other accessories attached to the can also contribute to charge usage.
The tires of a mobility scooter, although durable, will eventually wear down over time. It is therefore important to regularly inspect them to make sure they are still functioning well. Tires need to be checked regularly for punctures. A quick glance will help prevent any problems that may arise later. A damaged tire should be replaced immediately. After a few rides, the tire pressure should be checked also. Deflated tires will make the scooter work harder thereby resulting in a shorter battery life and decreased velocity. Deflated tires can also destroy the valve system on the tire if the tires is allowed to go flat. Not every model of mobility scooter comes equipped with air-filled tires. Service is only required for those who use an air-free model if the tread has worn out or if the bearings of the tire have come loose. Always be sure to consult the owner's manual before performing any maintenance on your own. Mobility Scooter Maintenance