We all know how unpredictable the UK weather can be, so we’ve all learnt how to be prepared for the wet, windy and wintery conditions. Do you need to prepare your mobility scooter for the rain though? Can mobility scooters get wet?
Their main purpose is to enable you to get out and about, so you might assume they are well equipped for every kind of element. However, although many manufacturers add features to help waterproof their mobility scooters, they are not actually designed to be waterproof.
In this article, we will answer your questions and advise on how to protect your mobility scooter from the miserable, wet weather.
Will Rain Ruin a Mobility Scooter?
This answer depends on the type of rain as well as the type of mobility scooter. As mentioned above, some manufacturers add waterproof features to the design however, these may not be durable enough for torrential conditions or long periods in the rain.
Ideally, you shouldn’t ride an electric mobility scooter in the rain, yet there are times when it may be safe to do so; a light drizzle, an all terrain mobility scooter and a short distance home may suffice. One thing, you should always check the weather before you decide on heading out. If an unexpected shower occurs, you should get under cover to protect your scooter and wait until it dries up. If you’re concerned about getting wet, why not consider one of our enclosed mobility scooters?
Can Water Damage the Scooter?
Electric components and water obviously don’t mix. If electric components experience water damage, repairs will need to be carried out at the very least. If the worse comes to the worst, you may have to replace either the parts or the entire scooter.
Don’t forget about the frame too! Most mobility scooter frames are not water-resistant, so are at risk of corroding and rust if exposed to rain. Although some scooters are designed with waterproof enclosures or water-resistant parts, this does not provide permanent protection, especially against heavy rain, large puddles or flash flooding.
What Happens If Electric Scooters Get Wet?
Not only is going out in the rain a potential hazard but leaving your mobility scooter uncovered in the rain is also a risk. If left out, electrical issues can occur within your dashboard and lights, as well as the mechanical elements under the casing. This includes the battery which is definitely not water-resistant.
Freezing rain is another element to be aware of. Sleet and snow not only cause water damage, but the extreme cold temperatures can cause sudden shutdowns and ultimately affect the motor life of your vehicle.
Wet Weather Gear for Mobility Scooters
It is your responsibility to ensure your mobility scooter is kept dry and protected against the wet weather. This refers to making sure you check the weather conditions before you leave in addition to providing suitable storage and mobility scooter covers.
If you do not own an enclosed mobility scooter which will keep you dry in the rain and provide a waterproof transport solution during light drizzle or showers, a Scooterpac Canopy is a great alternative. It is the world’s first universal folding canopy that fits almost any mobility scooter and can be carried with you on your outings, ready to be set up if you’re met with an impromptu shower.
The main takeaway when it comes to wet weather is to always be prepared. Check the weather report, carry a canopy and make sure your scooter is protected when you’re not using it too. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.