It’s that time of year where the scarves, gloves and winter coats all come out once again. Just like we need protecting from the cold however, so do mobility devices such as scooters and electric wheelchairs. Making sure that you prepare yours for the winter not only prolongs its life but also ensures that you don’t end up stranded away from home due to a technical fault.
Below are some top tips to help make sure that your mobility device is well and truly prepared for winter this year.
Check the batteries
Always make sure that you have enough battery power for your journey. Bear in mind that it gets darker much earlier in the winter months so you will be using your lights more often and your battery won’t last as long. Over time you may find that you need to charge your battery more often and depending on how often you use your device, most batteries need to be replaced every one to two years. If you’re unsure about any of the technical aspects of your mobility scooter, never hesitate to contact your supplier with any questions.
Test your brakes
With weeks of icy conditions fast approaching, it’s more important than ever to make sure that the brakes on your mobility device are in perfect working condition. A service is a great way to check this so if your scooter or electric wheelchair hasn’t had one for a while, this is a better time than ever to have one done. That way you can rest easy knowing that you can get around safely regardless of whether it’s raining or snowing.
Invest in a cover
Clear covers are a great way of protecting both you and your mobility device from bad weather. Simply attach it before you head out and you don’t have to worry about the rain drenching you and damaging your transport. When it comes to storing your device, always try to make sure it is well protected. Inside, in a shed or under a covered area is preferable but if you have no choice but to keep it outside, always make sure that it’s covered so it’s not exposed to rain or snow.
Clean your device
It’s important to clean your mobility device regularly throughout the year but you will probably find this even more necessary throughout the winter months. Whenever you have been out in the rain or snow, be sure to dry your scooter or wheelchair off – this will prevent rust and prolong the life of your device.
Check your tyres
All tyres will be subjected to wear and tear so make sure you inspect them regularly to make sure they are still safe. This is particularly important during the colder months when surfaces are slippery. If your tyres look completely worn or have lost their grip, it’s time to invest in a new set.
If you have any questions about using your mobility device or would like more information about preparing for use during winter contact your supplier or take a look at Gov.uk website.
This was written my Emily. Emily works closely with Newbury Mobility, specialists in mobility for the elderly and mobility repairs.