How To Maintain Your Mobility Scooter

If you have managed to get a mobility scooter, either by paying the costs for it upfront or by getting your insurance company to cover some or all of the costs, you are going to want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible. You are going to be putting a lot of weight on the scooter and are going to be depending on it to maintain your current level of mobility and quality of life. Here are some tips for maintaining your mobility scooter so that it lasts for a long time.

1. Keep the Battery Area Clean

The easiest way to keep your scooter going for as long as possible is to maintain the battery. This means that you are never draining the battery, which could shorten its overall life, and are charging it regularly. 

This also means making sure that nothing gets into the area of your scooter where the battery is stored. Once a week, take a soft cloth and wipe down the area around the battery pack to get rid of any dust or debris that could get inside where the batteries are held and cause problems. Once a month, use a screwdriver to remove the battery area's cover and look around. Remove each battery and wipe out its designated hollow before returning it to its correct position. This will allow you to remove any debris that might have gotten past your weekly cleanings.

2. Rotate the Tires

The tires for your mobility scooter are similar to those for your car in that they need to be rotated every six months in order to make sure that you are wearing them down evenly. This is important because it allows you to ensure that your tires last as long as possible and that they do not wear down in such a way that you are putting too much pressure on a part of your scooter that isn't going to be able to handle it and gets warped as a result of that pressure. You can either have a friend rotate them or take them into a general electronics repair shop, where you can pay a nominal fee to have them rotated.

3. Clean the Handles

You are going to be exposing the handlebars of your bike to the oil that is on your hands a great deal of the time. In order to make sure that you do not erode your handlebars and cause them to crack, you are going to need to remove the oil every day by rubbing down your handlebars with a clean cloth. Use disinfectant spray on your handlebars if you are worried about germs.

For more information, talk to a company such as Action Health Care that specializes in providing mobility scooters to those who need it.