Now that February is drawing to a close and the weather is beginning to warm up it is time to reclaim the outdoors once again. What better way to achieve this then with a mobility scooter. To ensure that you get the most out of your mobility scooter we have put together a list of important tips to help you do this and safeguard your scooter against any problems that can arise.
Charging Your Mobility Scooter
It is vital that you ensure that you regularly charge your mobility scooter at least once a week for a full 12 hours. Even if you do not use your mobility scooter in a particular week we still strongly suggest that you charge your mobility scooter for the recommended number of hours. If a battery is not charged sufficiently then it will begin to deteriorate resulting in the mobility scooter losing the range it can travel or even prevent the scooter charging at all. This is why we strongly recommend that you always charge your mobility scooter battery at least once a week to prevent this happening and potentially losing the use of your mobility scooter.
Storing your Mobility Scooter
Although the weather may not be as adverse as it was over January and February it is still important to keep your mobility scooter stored away out of the way of the elements. Wet weather and strong winds can cause damage to your mobility scooter as they can harm the electric circuits. Make sure to always keep your mobility scooter stored inside at night. If you have to leave your mobility outdoors for any amount of time make sure to keep it protected with sufficient covers for the tiller and seat or even better fit a canopy to the scooter.
Unfortunately there have been growing reports in the media of thefts of mobility scooters. While this is not a pleasant thought it means that it is imperative that you keep your mobility scooter under lock and key when not in use. If you need to leave your mobility scooter unattended when out and about, make sure to always remove the key from the scooter and also protect it with an alarm. Due to the cost of losing a mobility scooter it may be worth considering investing in insurance for your mobility scooter for if the worst were to happen.
Make sure you have sufficient access before making a journey
Some non-residential buildings may not have proper access for a mobility scooter to get into, such as where they have steps leading into them. Make sure to check before travelling anywhere indoors that they have access for mobility scooters. This information may be available online however if not it is worth ringing beforehand to see if they do have this access and also to alert them that you have special requirements. One way to get round access issues may be with the use of a scooter access ramp, but always make sure beforehand this is possible before committing to this plan.
Maintaining your Mobility Scooter
If you wish for your mobility scooter to last for a long period of time then annual servicing is a must. This service will make sure that your mobility scooter is fully working and outline any problems that may need to be resolved. You can also safeguard your mobility scooter by carrying out your own maintenance on your mobility scooter. This could involve regular cleaning or ensuring that the battery is charge adequately as stated before.
These tips will keep you safe on your mobility scooter and will let you get the most out it this spring. Many of the options outlined above are available for CareCo, if you wish to discuss any of these or need any further advice then please contact us on 0800 111 47774.