Maintaining a Mobility Scooter

To ensure that your mobility scooter remains in good working order there are numerous things you can do to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Each scooter is different, so it is important that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in the manual that came with your scooter.

Cleaning your mobility scooter is important for a number of reasons. Not only does it improve the appearance of your machine, but regular cleaning can act as a preventative measure against dirt, dust and grit etc entering moving parts of the scooter. Rain is never far away in Britain and keeping your mobility scooter dry, or ensuring that you dry it off as soon as possible after it has been exposed to water, will assist in keeping your scooter rust free.

It is possible to fit wet weather protective covers to many mobility scooters, which not only help keep the machine dry, but help protect you from the elements as well. It is also important to dry the seat and other fabrics that may be on the mobility scooter.

One of the most important components of a mobility scooter is the battery.

Over a period of time the battery’s capacity to hold charge will decrease, which will result in you having to charge your mobility scooter more often. It is important to check the charge on your scooter’s indicator to ensure that you will be able to complete your desired journey without any problems, not only in travelling the required distance but making sure there is enough charge to power external lights if you are travelling after dark or in conditions of bad visibility.

Depending on the type of mobility scooter you are using, you may have to charge the batteries after every journey or just when the charge indicator on your scooter tells you that the battery charge is low. Batteries on your mobility scooter should last quite a while, typically between 1 and 2 years depending on how much use your scooter gets, before they will have to be replaced. Some mobility scooter companies are able to carry out repairs and battery changing at your home, without the need to take your scooter to their shop.

Tyres For Mobility Scooters

From time to time your mobility scooter will need to be serviced and the user manual will inform you how often this should be. The plastic bodywork may also need to be replaced over time, due to wear and tear, and these are usually relatively easy to fit.

Tyres on a mobility scooter will also suffer from wear and tear and a puncture could cause problems, especially if you are some distance from home. There are alternatives to pneumatic tyres, such as solid tyres. These cannot be punctured but may often result in a harder ride, compared to air filled tyres.

There is another option of in filled tyres which are also puncture proof, but allow the mobility scooter user to enjoy a much smoother ride, not unlike the quality of ride offered by a pneumatic tyre, which on long journeys, or those over uneven terrain, can be of great benefit to the rider.

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