As Canadians, we always need to prepare for the winter. And, if you plan on using a scooter in the winter, it’s essential that you take care of it if you want to prolong its life. In this article, we will go through the best scooter types to use in the winter, how to properly store and maintain your scooter, and best practices that will keep you safe while using a scooter in the wint
The type of scooter that you have will play a role in how you can use your scooter in the winter. There are some types of scooters that we highly discourage to be used in the snow. This includes micro scooters like the Go-Go iCruise and scooters that have remote folding, as they have a low ground clearance and a lot of mechanics low to the ground. On the other hand, outdoor mobility scooters like the Baja Wrangler and Shoprider Eclipse Bigfoot are more durable options.
If you are limited on space inside of your home and need to store your scooter outdoors, ensure it is safely stored. A shed, garage, or another sheltered building is highly recommended to keep your scooter out of the elements. If you store your scooter in a shed or garage, ensure it has enough room and will not be scratched during storage. If you keep your scooter outside, even if it is covered, it can get damaged due to extended exposure to water, high winds, ice, and other materials.
Storing your batteries somewhere safe is essential. This is because extended exposure to temperatures below 0 degrees celsius will damage the batteries. And, this damage could result in them not turning on in the spring. Keep your batteries indoors, where it does not get to these freezing temperatures. If you go all winter without using your scooter, ensure you are regularly charging the batteries. About once a week or every two weeks to a full charge will help prolong your battery’s life. But, don’t leave them plugged in 24/7 or else that can also damage the battery’s life expectancy. If you have any questions about scooter batteries do not hesitate to reach out, it can get a little confusing.
Navigating Snow, Slush, and Ice
Scooters are not water-proof, but some are water-resistant. All-terrain outdoor mobility scooters are your best bet if you need to travel in harsh weather. While navigating snow, slush, and even ice, you want to be as cautious as possible. Avoid any puddles, large piles of snow, unplowed snow, rocks, and other obstacles. Check the weather before you go to ensure you won’t get caught in a snowstorm!
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Cleaning Your Scooter
Let’s face it, if you drive your scooter in the winter or even the spring, it will get dirty and/or salty. So, it’s essential that you clean your scooter after every use if it is dirty. Similar to a car, a scooter can experience rust or get wear and tear damage if it is not properly maintained. Take a damp cloth or towel and give it a thorough wipe down, and dry it off well. Ensure you don’t put it outside in freezing temperatures if it is still damp.
Repairs and Check-Ups
While daily maintenance like cleaning is essential, it’s also important to keep up with any repairs that might come your way. Putting off repairs may cause further damage to your scooter. If you think that your scooter might have an issue, bring it to your local scooter dealer for a check-up.
Check Your Tires
Staying on the same topic of proper maintenance, you should also be checking your tires. If you have air tires, ensure that they are not going flat, and still have tread on them. This will keep your ride comfortable and as safe as possible. On the other hand, if you have flat-free pneumatic tires, ensure they don’t have any large scratches on them that could result in a slip.
Carry a Cell Phone
You never know what’s going to happen in the winter. It can be dangerous for anyone to go out alone, let alone someone with mobility equipment. Try to tell someone where you are going before you leave. And, try to carry a cell phone with you if you can. This can bring you a sense of security while you’re out and about. As well as help if you get stuck anywhere along the way.
Don’t Assume Others Can See You
One of the most important things that we tell our clients is not to assume others can see you. We all know that people don’t pay attention, whether it be cars, pedestrians, or cyclists.
We recommend attaching a flag to your scooter, putting a safety vest on the back seat, and/or using lights on your scooter. Some scooters also come with horns on their tiller, which can also be helpful to warn a pedestrian that you are coming up behind them.
Using a scooter in the winter is possible if you have the right scooter type and you properly maintain it. If you keep these tips and tricks in mind when using your scooter in the winter, you will keep your scooter in a better condition, which can extend its life. But, don’t go tredging through any snow banks!