Importance of Preventative Maintenance for Mobility Devices
While keeping a typical mobility device in top-running shape may not be as expensive compared to your vehicle, there are good reasons why annual service is best. With proper maintenance, you can maintain the performance of the device that will save you money, reduce repair and breakdown expenses, provide for more safety, and increase satisfaction with how your device operates.
For many seniors and those who have disabilities, the ability to maintain their freedom relies on having a working mobility device. The small expense is well worth the satisfaction it provides, especially when you can do more of what you want, when you want. What follows are a few tips that will help you maintain the performance of your mobility device while on the cheap.
Keep Batteries Charged
With today’s battery technology, you’ll want to keep your device charged when not in use. This will ensure that your batteries are at full power when you decide to go out. Plus, you will be able to spot your batteries weakening over time and make the proper changes before you are stuck out far from home. So, after every use, be sure to plug in the device to recharge the batteries. The only exceptions would be for very short trips, such as to the end of the driveway for example.
Disconnect Batteries When Not in Use for Extended Periods
Do you have a device or perhaps a cart that you only use occasionally? Many seniors and those with disabilities have devices that are only used during the warmer months or certain times of the year. If your device is not going to be used for months at a time, then you’ll want to preserve your batteries by unplugging the device when not in use. Just remember to charge it up the night before when you decide to take it out.
Maintain Tyre Pressure
Proper tyre pressure means a level ride and better performance for your device. It may not seem obvious at first, but a device or scooter that is level performs better with less wear. This is especially true of the tyres, which you should also check for uneven wear. In addition to the tyre pressure, check the wheel bearings from time to time to ensure they are still intact and stable.
Having a trained mechanic go over your scooter or device every year may save you hundreds in repairs or even more in replacement fees that may be avoided. An annual check by a professional will spot issues in their early stages and replace parts that are wearing out before they become a real problem. The cost of such maintenance is minimal compared to having your scooter repaired or replaced, so have the maintenance performed annually or when you notice something is not right. Link to a page on servicing or click to call us?
Keeping your mobility device in top-working order is not cheap, but the expense is a mere fraction compared to the breakdown and repair cost. You can save money in the long run while maintaining the safety and service of your mobility device. This means greater satisfaction and more freedom for you which has no price.