As the temperature dips and the landscapes are draped in frost, the charm of winter is undeniable. However, the colder months can present unique challenges, especially when it comes to ensuring the smooth operation of your mobility equipment. From scooters to stairlifts, it’s essential to keep your devices in top-notch condition to avoid any hiccups in your daily routine. At Move Mobility, we’re dedicated to ensuring your independence and comfort, no matter the season. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of maintenance tips and expert guidance to help you ensure your mobility aids are ready to tackle the cold. Stay prepared, stay mobile, and embrace the winter with confidence!
Battery Care is Key
Cold weather can take a toll on the batteries of your mobility equipment, especially scooters and power chairs. Ensure your battery is fully charged before heading out, but avoid overcharging. Consider storing your equipment in a warm, dry place overnight to preserve the battery’s lifespan. If your device won’t be in use for an extended period, remember to charge the battery periodically to maintain its health.
Tire Maintenance for Safe Navigation
Tires need extra attention during winter. For those using mobility scooters or wheelchairs, check your tire pressure regularly, as cold air can cause pressure to drop. Inspect the tires for any signs of wear and replace them if necessary to ensure optimal traction on slippery surfaces.
Regular Cleaning to Avoid Rust
Winter means more moisture, and moisture can lead to rust and corrosion, particularly on metal parts of your mobility aids. Make it a routine to clean and dry your equipment after use. Pay special attention to the underside and any moving parts where ice, snow, or salt may accumulate and cause damage.
Lubrication for Smooth Operation
Cold weather can cause lubricants to thicken, hindering the smooth movement of joints and mechanisms. Lubricate moving parts like hinges, levers, and folding mechanisms to prevent them from freezing or getting stuck. Consult your owner’s manual or one of our mobility consultants for guidance on the most suitable lubricant for your equipment. Here are the lubricants we recommend.
Stay Updated with Weather Forecasts
Keep an eye on the weather forecast during the winter months. If extreme cold, snow, or ice is predicted, it may be best to plan your outings accordingly. In severe weather, the safest option is to stay indoors and avoid the risk of accidents or damage to your mobility device.
Invest in Weather-Resistant Covers and Accessories
Various accessories can make winter navigation safer and more comfortable. One especially valuable accessory during the colder months is a protective cover for your mobility scooter. A cover can shield your scooter from moisture, cold, and other environmental factors that could potentially damage it. Discover the top 5 benefits of using a cover for your mobility scooter here. Also, consider other weather-resistant accessories available in our collection to further safeguard your equipment.
Schedule a Professional Check-Up
Just as you’d winter-proof a vehicle, consider scheduling a maintenance check-up with a professional. At Move Mobility, our experienced consultants are available for home visits or in our Midlands-based showroom. We’ll help ensure your mobility aids are in peak condition, ready to serve you reliably throughout the winter.
Stay Mobile, Stay Independent
Don’t let the cold weather put a freeze on your independence and mobility. By following these preventive maintenance tips, you can ensure your mobility aids remain reliable and efficient, even in the chilliest months. Remember, our team at Move Mobility is just a call away, ready to assist with comprehensive guidance, services, and top-grade mobility solutions. Embrace the beauty of winter, secure in the knowledge that you’re prepared to face the season head-on with our mobility aids. Stay mobile, stay independent, and most importantly, stay warm!