Friday, December 15

Maintaining Your Mobility Scooters

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Generally, mobility scooters may be modified to suit the eventual user’s needs. Customizing a mobility scooter primarily depends on the preferences of the user, as well as the model of the scooter. Accessorizing your mobility vehicle is not just for aesthetics purposes, but also to maximize the use of such mobility aid.

Bigger batteries are heavier and are more expensive. Such rechargeable batteries may cover longer distance but may also require longer recharging time. So, instead of buying or adding extra batteries, try upgrading your old scooter’s battery, this can be a more cost effective option.

Tires may also be customized to withstand rougher roads or longer journeys. Pneumatic tires ensure a comfortable and relaxing ride. For optimum benefits, such tires may also be made puncture-proof to keep them safe and protected from accidental punctures along the way.

Other mobility scooters may include a tiller to be used in controlling the scooter. Delta tillers are actually levers that require pushing/pulling by one hand to move the scooter forward/backward.

A certain holder may be featured in a mobility scooter to contain a walking stick or a crutch that you need to carry along wherever you may go. A holder for oxygen cylinder is also available for the scooter.

Mirrors on the rear view may also be provided to make reverse parking easier to do.

A relatively large bag or a rather small pouch may also be added to the mobility scooter to hold bigger items (grocery/shopping goods) and smaller things (keys/mobile phone), respectively.

Some mobility scooters may come with capes and canopies to protect both the user and the scooter from bad weather conditions. Replacement covers are also available, depending on your scooter’s model and type.

Aluminum or fiberglass foldable ramps for your mobility scooters are also obtainable to help you get the scooter inside the house or up the garage.

Maintenance Issues

After you have finished accessorizing your mobility scooter, you may find it encouraging enough to drive it around. With regular use, it is also important that you know how to properly care for your mobility scooter to maintain its dependable and acceptable performance.

First and foremost, you should be able to follow the recommendations of the manufacturer as stated in the manual of the mobility scooter. Some scooter batteries require recharging every after use while others require recharging only when the battery indicator tells that the battery charge is already low.
 
Just like typical cars, a mobility scooter will also require regular service and check-up. You can read the frequency of service/check-up that your mobility scooter requires in the manual enclosed in the box when you first bought your scooter. Generally, mobility scooters require annual servicing. Some maintenance checks are necessary every week or every month like pumping the tires up or adding grease to the hubs. Checking the mechanism of the seat is also customary as well as the brake pads.

The frameworks of most mobility scooters are made from steel or plastic and are thus subject to normal wear-and-tear. Mobility scooters can continuously provide freedom and self-reliance. You can make sure of this when they are cared for properly.

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