Now that the better weather is starting to creep into our daily lives, you’ll hopefully be able to get out and about more. This means that mobility products are going to need a once over to check they are ok for use, particularly if they have been put away in storage for a while. Here’s some tips to make sure you can get out and about safely.
Consider A Service
Nothing beats experts looking over your pride and joy and making sure everything is working correctly. Much like a car, manufacturers recommend your scooter is checked over once a year and given a tune up. This is the most cost-effective way to keep your mobility scooter in top condition and any issues may be spotted before they arise.
Give the company you purchased your product from a call and they will be able to talk you though your options. If this is not possible, we work with a large network of specialist companies that can provide this for you, many of which can do this in your own home, or collect your scooter from you. If you’re ever stuck give us a call on 01476 591104 and we can point you in the right direction.
Check the Batteries
During a service the engineer will check your batteries and ensure they are maintaining the charge levels required. If you followed our guide you should have been ensuring these are maintained throughout the winter months but if you’ve forgotten, they are going to need a nice long charge to try and get the best out of them.
The last thing you want to do is be stranded, so this is the most important part to ensuring you can get out and about safely.
Check Your Tyres
If you have inflatable tyres they will more than likely have lost some if not all the air in them. Make sure they are inflated correctly as this will aid with grip when you’re out and about, especially in those pesky April showers! The correct inflation levels will be detailed in your scooter handbook, or call your local mobility shop for advice on these checks.
Also check for wear and tear to the tread and side walls. If there are any bald patches or damage these may need to be replaced.
Give It A Good Clean
The last thing you want is to not be looking your best in the sunshine, but cleanliness is also a very important part of the maintenance of your product. Remove any dampness, dust or debris from your scooter as this could cause issues if left to build up. By giving your scooter a once over while cleaning you may also be able to spot any faults such as rust or loose parts.
Plan Your First Journey
It’s a good idea to stay close to home for your first couple of trips out so if anything happens you’re not too far away. You don’t need to worry though as our insurance comes with 24/7 breakdown recovery as standard, so if you do suffer issues when out and about on any of your travels, we can get you back home with minimal fuss.
This will also give you a good opportunity to get to grips with the controls again if you’ve had a bit of time away. You won’t forget how to use your scooter, it’s a bit like riding a bike, but you might be a bit wobbly at first, so take it steady and do a few small journeys to start with.
If you have any questions or worries regarding using your scooter again don’t hesitate to give your local mobility company a call. They will be happy to provide you with information and support as well as expert service should you need any repairs.