Mobility scooters are a great solution for getting out and about, but they are not the smallest contraptions. One major factor you need to consider before making your purchase is your mobility scooter storage arrangement.
Storage for Mobility Scooters
Where Do You Keep a Mobility Scooter?
Temperature and weather elements are issues you need to be aware of when it comes to storage for mobility scooters. To ensure the longest life cycle and to maintain optimum performance, it should be stored somewhere that is covered and in a place that is not affected by extreme temperatures.
Can a Mobility Scooter Be Stored Outside?
Mobility scooter storage units and shelters are ideal for storing them outside. This way, you know they are safe and covered if rain showers occur – British weather is always unpredictable! Sometimes, secure storage units will also prevent your mobility scooter from theft with a locking system.
If you do not have a mobility scooter storage shelter or storage unit, but would still like to store it outside, the main thing you need to do is it to make sure it’s covered. Appropriate storage covers are easily available to source and extension cables for charging that are suitable for outdoor use also exist.
Can I Keep a Mobility Scooter Inside My House?
Of course, this is an option too but it depends on the access you have to your home and there is a slight risk of fire. Will your mobility scooter fit through your front gate or front door? Or will you need to fold or dismantle it for transportation and storage? Is there a ramp for easy accessibility?
If you have the space and the accessibility, this may be possible, but you need to be aware of fire risk and regulations. As they are battery powered vehicles, they do carry a risk of fire so you have to be careful. Also, if you live in shared accommodation, storing your mobility scooter in the corridors or other common areas may go against fire regulations.
How Do You Store Batteries in a Mobility Scooter?
Just like the mobility scooter itself, the batteries also require proper storage to extend their life cycle. You don’t need to fully remove the batteries from the scooter when storing it, but you need to make sure they are fully charged and disconnected. This way, it prevents the battery from draining and from any risk of leaks.
Also, the batteries need to avoid any extreme temperatures, so make sure they are stored in a cool, dry place where temperatures will not get above 85°C or below freezing. If this happens, make sure to leave it at room temperature for a few hours before charging it or take it to a professional for a service.
Mobility Scooter Storage Solutions
Outdoor storage for mobility scooters is the recommended solution, you just have to make sure it’s completely covered to avoid environmental damage. Also, make sure your extension lead is safe for outdoor use to charge the batteries. Finally, check your insurance policy to ensure your storage solution meets the terms for theft.
When it comes to choosing a mobility scooter from East Coast Mobility, we will make sure you’ve got everything covered including insurance, storage and making sure it meets your requirements. If you’d like to visit our showroom or if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.