When you have a disability, are frail or just find it hard to stay on your feet for long periods of time, getting out of the house can be difficult A mobility scooter can open a world of opportunities to you. It can enable you to have the freedom to leave the comfort of your home and get out and about, so you are not cooped up inside all day.
Because they are essentially a miniature-sized vehicle, they need to be kept in good condition, maintained well and stored somewhere safe (more on that later).
It makes perfect sense, that just as you would with a car, motorcycle or even bicycle, you need to take proper care of your mobility scooter. This includes day to day maintenance such as ensuring that it is clean, is fully charged and works properly.
Along with every day maintenance and checks on your mobility scooter, it is important that you have it routinely checked and serviced, so that you can avoid breakdowns when you are far away from home. If you are only in the planning stages of purchasing a mobility scooter and are looking for ideas about how to store it, you’ve come to the right place.
Different Storage Option
There are various options when it comes to storing your mobility scooter, such as keeping it tucked away in the boot of your car or investing in a purpose-built storage shed or simply a fitted waterproof and weatherproof covering. To help you figure out which is the right way for you, we will look at some tips for keeping it securing your scooter and keeping it safe from the elements.
Using the Boot of Your Car
This will only be applicable for you if you have a car transportable kind of scooter. That is, one that separates down into three or four different, lightweight parts.
The parts are then much easier to store and transport. One of the main advantages of this kind of scooter and storage is that it does not take the place of other things in your home or use up free space.
The only time you will need to take anything into your home is when you need to charge the batteries.
If you are looking to avoid taking up valuable floor space in your property or any of your existing outhouses, it might be a good idea to invest in a storage shelter of some kind. With these you can ride your mobility scooter straight into them via the metal base plate, get off it, then close the door and they normally feature a padlock to keep them locked.
More sophisticated models often have charging stations built into them, so you can also hook your scooter up and put it on charge, while it is safely out of your home and out of the way from the harmful elements, effectively solving two problems with one solution.
Although it may seem like a difficult problem to solve at first, when you take into consideration the tips above, you find that there are various ways you can effectively protect your mobility scooter safe when it is not in use.
Garage, Conservatory or Home
Following nicely from the above, this is by far one of the easiest ways to store your scooter, particularly if you have the space. As well as protecting your mobility vehicle from condensation, it also protects it against theft.
One of the major downsides, is the fact that you will need to reserve a large bit of floor space for your scooter, which is not ideal if you have a small home.
Even if you use a garage or conservatory, but these areas are only small, storing your scooter here gives you less space to use for other things. In either of these scenarios, you are probably best investing in one of the following to provide protection against dust and other dirt inside the home.
You may want to choose the same option as many other people and store your mobility scooter outside in your drive or back garden, under the protection of a PVC cover Just make sure the one you choose one that has an elasticated bottom.
A PVC cover is a relatively cheap solution to scooter storage, but one that will protect your mobility vehicle against the elements. However, it will not protect your scooter against the temperature drop when night falls. This can be a problem because after the temperature drops, when the sun rises the next day, condensation forms on most surfaces, including the electronics of your scooter.
A one-off here and there won’t cause too many problems, however, if the problem happens often, it can have a detrimental effect on your scooter and its reliability.