When buying a mobility scooter, you may wonder if you use it in the rain because you can sometimes caught up in the rain when outdoors. In other words, is a mobility scooter waterproof? What happens when your mobility scooter get wet?
First, it is important to note that although your mobility scooter can handle rain up to a certain point, it is not waterproof. These are electric machines made to help you move around. Hence they are not designed for the rain. Living it out can result in electrical issues.
Related: Can I use my Mobility Scooter in the Snow? How do I Store it for the Winter?
That is, submerging your mobility scooter in the rain can interfere with some of its electronic components and damage. In the circumstance that the rains are coming down heavily, you should try and get undercover to prevent any water from hitting electrical controls. If left in the rains, your mobility scooter could develop many technical problems. That includes errors in your dashboard caused by water getting into the electronics.
So how should you protect your mobility scooter from getting wet if not waterproof?
The first step to protecting your mobility scooter from rain or getting wet is to check the status of the day’s weather before heading out. However, when you’re unexpectedly caught out in the rain on your mobility scooter, you can consider protecting yourself with a protective cover. There are all-weather protective covers for most mobility scooters. Which can protect you and your scooter from being rained on.
Also, consider seeking shelter, and avoid large puddles. As earlier stated, your mobility scooter comprises electronic components. Hence direct or prolonged exposure to water or dampness may cause electronic malfunction. For example, electronic components of your scooter may corrode and the frame of your electric wheelchair to rust.
What if my mobility scooter gets wet?
Sometimes your mobility scooter may get wet in situations beyond your control. If your mobility scooter gets wet, you need to do the following to prevent any further damage:
When you return home with your mobility scooter, it is important to get it as dry as possible.
You first start by wiping down the most important parts, such as the electronic controls, and then moving to other surfaces such as the seats. Drying all the upholsteries is meant to prevent possible spillages to the electronic parts, which can cause damages and premature corrosions.
It is also important to check out the batteries after a day out in wet or rainy weather. The best approach is to wipe the battery down with a dry cloth before putting your scooter away. Allow your mobility scooter to sit in a warm, dry place for some time to allow any unseen water to evaporate before you put it to use again.
Lastly, take care of your scooter’s charging port. Your mobility scooter’s charging port should always be closed when it is not in use to ensure the rain. Or water from the puddles doesn’t get into it to cause electric issues.