Riding a scooter instead of driving a car is more economical, better for the environment and generally just a lot more fun! But unlike a motor vehicle, electric scooters aren’t necessarily built to handle adverse conditions. Failing to weatherproof your scooter could necessitate a trip to the scooter repair shop. Fortunately, weatherproofing is a job you can handle on your own by following these tips:
- Invest in a waterproof cover: Although it won’t help while riding in the rain, a waterproof cover is the best way to protect your scooter if you have to park it outside. Scooter covers are fairly inexpensive and will ensure your scooter is protected in even the worst rainstorms.
- Dry it off: If your scooter gets wet on your commute or because you left it outside uncovered, take some time to dry it off before you ride again. You can use a clean cloth in most cases. If your scooter is particularly wet, use a wet-dry vacuum cleaner to suck out all of that moisture.
- Avoid folding it when wet: If you don’t have the time to dry your scooter off, don’t make the mistake of folding it up. Folding your scooter increases the chances of getting the electronics wet, which can necessitate expensive repairs.
- Tape it up: Duct tape is your best friend when it comes to weatherproofing a scooter. Use your duct tape to cover any gaps in the deck, which can leave wires and other electrical components exposed to the elements. Additionally, cover the charging port if there’s rain in the forecast.
- Put O-rings around screws: Along with getting through gaps in the deck, water is known to damage electronics by sneaking in through screw holes. You can avoid a trip to the scooter repair shop by putting rubber O-rings around all of your screws. This is a quick weatherproofing step that can save you hundreds of dollars.
- Protect the electronics: The power button and screen are among the most important (and expensive) electrical components of your scooter. These parts may already be protected, but if they’re not, we recommend covering them with a transparent plastic cover or some simple adhesive tape.
- Extend the mudguard: The mudguard on the back of your scooter protects your legs from getting sprayed with water and mud. It’s also handy in protecting the electrical components in nasty weather. If your mudguard is on the shorter side, we advise extending it with a few pieces of duct tape.
- Avoid riding in bad weather: The best way to weatherproof your scooter is to avoid riding when the weather’s nasty, but if you must ride in the rain, try your best to avoid puddles.
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