"Winter-Proof Your Mobility Scooter: Essential Tips for Storing Your Ride Safely"
Winter is fast approaching and the chilly weather can make it difficult to stay active and get around. If you use a mobility scooter, it's important to prepare it for winter storage to ensure it stays in good condition and is ready for use when the weather warms up again. Here are some tips on how to prepare your mobility scooter for winter storage.
- Clean and Inspect Your Scooter Before storing your mobility scooter for the winter, it's important to give it a thorough cleaning. Use a mild soap and water to clean the exterior of the scooter, and make sure to dry it thoroughly to prevent any rusting. While cleaning, take the time to inspect the scooter for any damage or wear and tear. This will give you the opportunity to address any issues before storing it.
- Charge the Batteries If your mobility scooter runs on batteries, make sure to fully charge them before storing the scooter. You should check on your battery level every two to 3 weeks. This will help prolong the life of your batteries and prevent them from losing their charge over the winter months. Ideally, your wheelchair’s batteries should be stored in a climate above 32 degrees It's also a good idea to disconnect the batteries and store them separately in a cool, dry place.
- Protect From the Elements The winter weather can be harsh on your mobility scooter, so it's important to protect it from the elements. If you have a garage or shed, store your scooter there to keep it out of the snow, rain, and wind. If you don't have indoor storage available, invest in a weatherproof cover to protect your scooter from the elements.
- Prevent Flat Tires If your mobility scooter will be sitting for an extended period, it's important to prevent flat tires. You can do this by slightly elevating the scooter off the ground using blocks of wood or bricks. This will prevent the weight of the scooter from causing the tires to flatten over time.
- Lubricate Moving Parts Before storing your mobility scooter, it's a good idea to lubricate any moving parts. This will prevent them from getting stiff or rusted over the winter months. Use a light machine oil or silicone spray to lubricate the joints, hinges, and other moving parts.
- Keep it Covered To protect your mobility scooter from dust and debris, cover it with a sheet or tarp. This will also prevent any unwanted critters from making a home in your scooter while it's in storage.
- Check on it Regularly Even though your mobility scooter is in storage, it's important to check on it regularly. This will ensure that it's in good condition and give you the opportunity to address any issues that may arise. It's also a good idea to take your scooter for a short spin every few weeks to keep the batteries charged and the tires from becoming flat.