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5 Tips to Keep Your Scooter or Wheelchair In Great Shape

Think about the level of freedom your power scooter or wheelchair brings you on a day to day basis. Where would you be without it? Your scooter or wheelchair helps you maneuver around the house and assists you with running errands. It even helps you to connect with your family and friends so that you don’t miss out on those important events in life.

Your power scooter or wheelchair lets you go the distance each day. It only makes sense that we learn how to maintain the parts to ensure that we get as many years of maneuverability out of it as possible. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your scooter or wheelchair.

Tip #1: Become familiar with the user manual.

This sounds obvious, but many people forget to familiarize themselves with the user manual. The purpose of the user manual is to give you the manufacturer’s instructions on how to operate that version of your scooter or wheelchair. Each brand may have several models that all run differently from the next one. Rather than just assume that they all work the same, take the time to ensure that you learn the rules of operation that are specific to the brand and model you own.

Tip #2: Learn how to check your tires.Checking your tire pressure is an important part of wheelchair maintenance.

Your tires are one of the most important pieces of your scooter or wheelchair. The tire pressure is what helps to make the tires last as long as possible. If your tires have too much air, you run the risk of ruining the inner structure of your tires. If the tires don’t have enough air, the tires may crack and be more difficult to maneuver. Your user manual should give instructions on how to check your tire pressure.

Tip #3: Clean your scooter or wheelchair often.

Be sure to check your scooter or wheelchair for excess debris, dust, or dirt and wipe it away using a damp cloth. This is particularly important when you use your device to go outdoors where there is greater exposure to dirt and other pollutants that can quickly gather around the wheels and battery area and can cause a problem. Cleaning your power scooter will ensure all the parts are working properly.

Tip #4: Maintain your battery.

Aside from your tires, your battery is the most important part of your scooter or wheelchair. Be familiar with your battery type and how long it can go before needing to be recharged. Check your user manual or ask the company about the maintenance schedule and make sure that you stay in compliance.

Tip #5: Keep your scooter or wheelchair away from excess moisture.

Getting caught in the rain or even storing your scooter or wheelchair in a damp space can be a problem for your mobility device. If you store your device in a garage or carport, be sure to invest in a weather resistant tarp and properly cover it.

Learning how to maintain your scooter or wheelchair is important for the longevity of your device. The more familiar you are with how it operates, the better you pay attention to routine maintenance, the more use you will get out of it.

Why a Power Scooter Might Be the Best Option for You

There are many options out there in the world of mobility devices. However, power scooters have plenty of benefits that may suit your needs. But how do you decide if a power scooter is worth the investment? Take a look at these questions to help you make your decision.

Do you have the physical strength needed to operate a power scooter?

The Spitfire Scout 4 wheel power scooter is compact for travelA power scooter requires that you have the ability to sit upright for long periods of time. You must also have enough strength in your hands, wrists and arms to steer your scooter as well as operate the controls.

If you have a disability that limits your ability to sit upright, or even if you have complications with keeping your arms in a steering position for long periods of time, you may want to consider a power wheelchair over a scooter. Power wheelchair lines have a lot more flexibility in terms of options for steering and maneuvering around. The power scooter is made for people who  have some ability to walk on their own, but still need a bit of a boost for times when they feel fatigued or have to travel longer distances.

What amount of weight will the scooter have to carry?

All power scooters are not created equal. Some are designed to carry lighter loads while others are made for carrying heavier items. You must take into consideration your personal body weight. In addition, think about other items you must carry. This may include items like:

  • Oxygen tank
  • Heart monitor
  • Shopping bags
  • Laundry basket
  • Other personal items

Take a look at your current weight then add on the weight of the items you will carry on a regular basis. This will help you to decide on the weight capacity you should choose for your power scooter. If you are close to the weight capacity, it may be best to go up one size to ensure your comfort and the longevity of your power scooter.

What places will you use your power scooter?

The Scout Deluxe 3 Wheel Power Scooter is a great option for indoor use.For those of you who have some mobility with the use of a cane or walker around your home, you may want to consider a 3-wheel power scooter. This is ideal for running errands or going shopping. What users love most about 3-wheel scooters is that they are compact for travel. Some models even come apart for easy transport in the back of a car or other public transportation on a bus or airplane. The 3-wheel model is lightweight in comparison to the other models but can also give you a smooth ride on an even surface.

For those of you who want a further range of movement, you may want to consider a 4-wheel scooter. These often have a higher weight capacity and the 4 wheels provide more stability.

There are a number of things to consider when choosing the right power scooter for you. Take into consideration how and where you will be traveling and the weight your scooter will have to handle. This should give you some guidelines by which you can choose the scooter that will suit your needs.