Following a letter in The Sunday Times, “Mobility scooter fails rain in Spain test”, in which one of our customers experienced scooter failure after being caught out in a thunderstorm in Spain, we’d like to offer some advice on using mobility scooters in unpredictable weather conditions.
The electric mobility scooters that we sell meet EU regulations and international standards, specifically EU Directive 93/42/EEC Medical Device Directive, and ISO 7176‑9:2009, Climatic Tests for Electric Wheelchairs. These standards cover “Water Spray test”, which mimics a light rain shower. However, electric mobility scooters are at risk from both heavy rain and standing water.
As with any product, especially an electrical one, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that it is protected from water. We suggest the use of a scooter cape to protect user and scooter against bad weather. This is standard advice that all scooter manufacturers should be providing.
While some mobility scooters are rain proof, these are usually only selected Class 3 road and all-terrain models. Travel scooters and folding scooters tend to have limited protection from heavy downpours, which is why we always recommend to customers that they use suitable weather protection. Whenever there is risk of light rain the CareCo Scooter Control Panel Cover should provide ample protection for the electrics on the tiller.
If you are out in a torrential downpour without a scooter cape to protect you and your scooter, you must stop and cover your scooter in a waterproof cover, or find alternative cover, to help prevent damage to your scooter. When you set off again, avoid driving through standing water and puddles, as water splashing up can in some cases get into the electrics around the battery compartment or the tiller, causing failure. Our Deluxe Scooter Accessory Pack includes a control panel cover and a scooter storage cover, which you should take with you on every journey.
Remember, water and electricity never mix well, so please always take care to protect your electric scooter from heavy rain and wet ground. While some scooter manuals do not specifically say “don’t use in torrential rain” it is strongly recommended that you avoid getting them very wet. This also applies when cleaning your scooter – never use a hose, always carefully clean with a moist cloth and dry immediately. Most scooter manufacturers do state in their manuals to avoid exposure to rain, snow, ice, salt or standing water whenever possible.
Most scooters will perform perfectly well in light showers, so do not let the fear of a little rain put you off going out.