Four essential rules for making the most of your mobility scooter

If you want your mobility scooter to run like a dream, then great maintenance and professional servicing is a must. This is also the key to giving it a longer lifespan, meaning your mobility aid won’t just serve you better, but will serve you for longer too! Because we want our customers to get the best deal possible for the money they spend, we’ve decided to share the four essential rules for making the most out of your mobility scooter below. Learn these by heart, and your scooter will give you an A+ ride many years into the future.

Rule 1: Your batteries matter!
Your scooter (and, as a consequence, you) won’t be going anywhere if its battery is defunct. But how do you keep it healthy? The main thing to remember is to always keep your battery charged! If you don’t keep your batteries charged, you run the risk of doing them permanent damage especially if the battery has been left for period of time and has no life in it – and, of course, unless your battery has always got some pop in it, you could be left high and dry in the case of an emergency. So, making sure that your mobility scooter has charge in it is not just a safety concern – it’s the best thing you can do for your battery’s lifespan. Here are two additional things to consider: when the temperature’s cold, leaving your scooter somewhere warm helps the battery out, and always remember to only use the charger that came with your scooter (or, if that’s lost, a replacement from Shire).

Rules 2: Tyres matter too!
You’ll be doing your mobility scooter a huge favour if you keep its tyres at the right air pressure. If your mobility scooter has pneumatic tyres, then keeping air pressure where it should be not only guarantees a smoother ride, but ensures that your tyres will last as long as possible. And be aware – if your tyres are not kept at the right air pressure, they can get damaged to the point of needing replacement!

Rule 3: Clean and dry is a winning recipe
If you keep your mobility scooter clean and dry, you will thank yourself later. Dirt and grime, particularly in fiddly little places like battery terminals, is a recipe for disaster. Keep all of these areas, as well as seats, wheels, mudguards and the rest, clean and dry. The reason for this is that filth and moisture can make its way down into the mechanisms that let your scooter run correctly, damaging its performance and lifespan. Luckily, this maintenance is easy. Just keep your scooter somewhere warm and dry. And if you really can’t manage that, at least use accessories like tarpaulins to keep things as clean as possible. Of course, some dirt will accrue through use, but that can just be washed away with a soft, damp, cloth.

Rule 4: There’s no substitute for a pro
In all honesty, this is a particularly big one: when it comes to keeping your scooter running well there is no substitute for professional attention! It’s absolutely vital that you bring your mobility scooter into store at least once a year (assuming you follow the three rules above). This is because, no matter how well you look after it, there is always a small chance that something could go wrong which only a professional can recognise and correct. Most issues – if found early during a regular service – are correctable without too much effort. There are also checks (like a complete battery check-up) which you simply can’t do at home, but which are essential to keep your scooter functioning properly. So, don’t be a stranger – give us a call!

Whether you’re looking to book a regular service, have any questions about your mobility scooter, or need us to fix something that has gone wrong, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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