A motorized mobility scooter or power wheelchair helps those with mobility challenges to start living a life of comfort while gaining independence. There are a couple of things you can do to keep your mobility scooter in a good condition and for it to last much longer.
Regularly maintaining it reduces the occurring of major problems but increases the efficiency of your mobility scooter. Each mobility scooter is different and thus it is important that the user follows the recommendations of the manufacturer in the manual that accompanied the scooter.
In this article we look at several tips the maintain the optimum function and quality of your mobility scooter.
Safely Store Your Mobility Scooter
The best way to keep your electric mobility scooter maintained, is to prevent as much damage as possible. Therefore, first start off by ensuring that your mobility scooter is stored in a safe place.
The location you choose should be out of direct sunlight where temperature is steady. If the scooter is stored in conditions that are too warm or too cold, it can damage the battery and cause components to break down.
The scooter should always be covered when not in use and be stored in a dry and clean area.
Cleaning Your Mobility Scooter
It is important to regularly clean your mobility scooter. It will not only improve how your motor chair looks but it can also prevent dirt and dust from entering into the moving parts of the scooter.
Take a damp clean cloth at least once a week and wipe off all grime and dust that has accumulated on the stem and handlebars.
Wash the deck with lukewarm water and a little bit of soap. You could also use a non-bristled scrub brush and get rid of caked on mud. A toothbrush is also handy as it can help get rid of grime between wheel spokes and hinges.
Be mindful of the electrical components, as they should not get wet. Whenever your electric scooter is exposed to rain or water immediately dry it afterwards.
This is to prevent rust from forming. Also never use a hose to clean off dirt from your electric scooter.
Charging The Batteries Of Your Mobility Scooter
The battery is basically the most important part of the mobility scooter, as without it there will be no charge to power the device.
Therefore, the batteries must always be looked after and properly maintained. The area around the battery is crucial as well, regularly check it as well as the underside of the mobility scooter. See if there are any signs of corrosion.
Your batteries have to be charged regularly in order for them to work efficiently. In order to do so, the best thing is to follow the manual. Normally most batteries have to be charged for about 8 to 10 hours.
These batteries have to be fully charged to prevent unexpected off shutting. The best thing to do is to make sure that you get in the habit of charging them 100 percent every couple of days.