When venturing out on your scooter or powered wheelchair, you should plan for whatever the weather may bring. Read our top tips for preparing for winter.
The darker days mean there’s more chance you’ll be travelling outside daylight hours. If you need to travel once it’s dark, ensure you’re as visible as possible. Many of the larger scooters have lights; if yours doesn’t, it may be worth buying a high-visibility jacket or vest so that you’re more noticeable.
Protect the battery
The cold weather can affect your scooter’s battery so you should try to store your product away from the elements – ideally inside, such as in a shed or garage. If this isn’t possible, keep it under cover. To help prevent the battery from freezing, you could even put a blanket over it when you store your scooter to keep it insulated.
Check the forecast
Always check the weather forecast before your travel. Don’t forget, a weather-proof storage cover was included in your lease package for when your product is not being used. If it’s icy outside, try to avoid any hills by taking an alternative route, and stay clear of rural roads or places you know may be hazardous. This may add more time to your journey but it will be worth it to stay safe. If you do go on a longer journey than normal, ensure your product is fully charged – you could even take your charger with you in case you need to top up the battery while you’re out.
In the event of snow, it’s really best to avoid any journeys that aren’t absolutely necessary.
If you do break down, Motability Assist helpline and recovery staff are trained to handle your calls and are available
24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the event of an emergency, please contact Motability Assist on 0800 953 5000.