We’ve been speaking to thousands of our customers over the last few weeks, and a few questions have cropped up concerning the storage of mobility equipment. This is a common question during the winter, but lately, there is concern from those self-isolating for several weeks.
Here is a short guide to storing and maintaining your equipment until you can get out and about again. However, it is important to remember you are encouraged to get out and about at least once a day and are entirely within your rights to use your mobility equipment to do this. Many of our customers are enjoying an outing once a day on their scooter or powerchair, so make sure you don’t miss out on a bit of freedom once a day.
This is a complicated question as your living conditions will be unique to you and different from many others. Aim to find some storage space you can get to easily, preferably in a dry place away from substantial temperature changes, both cold and hot. Make sure it is also out of sight of others.
A garage or shed is the best place to store your mobility scooter, preferably one with access to electricity so you can charge your batteries every so often. However, this may not always be possible. You can keep it in your home as long as it doesn’t cause a hazard to you but bear in mind the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) recommends a separate unit at least 6-meters from your home.
The most important thing to remember is not to expose it to the elements. Mobility equipment is not waterproof, and even under a cover, it may still suffer from frost or extreme temperatures.
You should maintain a regular charging cycle even though you are not using your mobility scooter. You are helping to keep the batteries healthy and maintain their lifespan and capacity as long as possible. Put your mobility scooter on charge at least once a month and for between 8 and 10-hours, so keeping it near a means plug comes in handy.
Expert opinion varies on the length of charging, but to be safe don’t leave it on for more than 12-hours. Not all batteries are created equal and depending on the size and power of your equipment. If you need any help, many of our business partners are still open for advice and repairs if you call them directly.
Even though we are a little biased, the answer is, of course, you should. Although our policy covers you for a great deal more, you’ll still need protection for loss or damage to your scooter. Unfortunately, even though its tucked away nice and secure, we’ve had reports of thieves still operating in some areas. So don’t feel like you should cancel your insurance because you’re not using it, our monthly direct debit options will help if the cost is an issue.
Great! Glad to see you’re mobile again. As long as you’ve followed this guide you should be ok to start using your equipment again. Depending on how long you’ve stored it beforehand, it might be a great idea to get it serviced by your local shop. Give them a call, and more often than not, they can do this at home for you.
They’ll test the batteries and make sure everything is working fine before you head out. Don’t forget - you’ve got 24/7 breakdown recovery included for FREE in your Premier Care policy. So if you have any issues, you will only need to make a call to our freephone number, and we will get you back home again.