How to save money on your mobility scooter running costs?
The cost of living in the UK has gone up since 2021. With the inflation rate touching a 41-year high of 11.1% in October 2022, consumers are looking for ways to reduce costs in any way possible.
When you own equipment such as an electric wheelchair or a mobility scooter, you may be concerned about the running costs. After all, you must charge your mobility scooter regularly.
In this post, we share some of our top tips for reducing your mobility scooter running costs.
Review your mobility scooter
A larger mobility scooter takes up more power to charge and older scooters tend to be less energy efficient. What’s more, they may take longer to charge increasing your energy consumption.
You may want to consider comparing the cost of charging your current mobility scooter with those of a smaller model. This can help you determine whether the current scooter is costing you more.
If you are looking for a powerful and faster mobility scooter, a smaller model might be your best bet. However, if you are looking to make a change immediately, be sure to compare the running costs.
You could even consider exchanging your current mobility scooter for a new one, in which case the value of your older mobility scooter could be used towards the purchase of the new model.
Check the battery of your current mobility scooter
An older or worn-out battery may take longer to charge. It may even need frequent charging to keep going. This will naturally increase your energy costs.
Most mobility scooters feature either an analogue needle meter or an LED battery meter. If you note that the meter is going down rapidly even after light usage, or if you notice that you aren’t able to cover the distances you were able to previously, it’s a sign of poor battery health.
Bring your mobility scooter to a mobility scooter shop for a battery testing service.
Check the charging frequency
Leaving your battery on charge for long periods even when not in use can prove to be expensive, especially in the current circumstances when energy prices are climbing up by the day.
If the mobility scooter won’t be in use for some period, be sure to unplug it from the charging unit and disconnect the power cord.
Mobility scooters in the North East
Mobility Direct North is a leading supplier of mobility scooters in Newcastle. We have a range of mobility scooters to suit every requirement and budget. We also offer a repair service to help ensure your mobility is never compromised. Contact us today to get started!