How to ride an electric scooter in winter and in the rain

Surprisingly, even in harsh weather conditions, you can continue to enjoy your favorite transport. But there are several important recommendations that will allow you to avoid unpleasant situations, increase the level of safety and comfort when moving
in rainy weather or winter time.

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How to prepare an electric scooter for winter
1. Use pneumatic tires in winter and rainy weather
Pneumatic tires have much better grip on snow than other types. And for even greater contact with slippery roads, you can reduce the air pressure in them. But bleeding can lead to increased energy consumption when driving, so take care of a “full tank”.

You can change the tires for larger and more aggressive ones if they are sold for your electric scooter model. They are of course best suited for winter driving.

Solid tires are too hard, so they are not recommended for driving on snow – they are only suitable for dry asphalt. But if you do not have the opportunity to install pneumatic tires, then solid rubber tires can be studded with car spikes or even self-tapping screws.

2. Organize battery warming
The battery of an electric scooter at low temperatures loses its reserve capacity. The maximum mileage falls by almost a third. And lithium-ion batteries are generally not recommended for use at temperatures below -10 degrees. It is
very difficult to find a special heating device , but on various forms you can look for advice
from riders with crazy handles.

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Basically, any insulation is used for this. The main thing is that it is not too thick – you must maintain the necessary ground clearance. If the battery is located on the steering column, then the insulation can be spared and a thick layer of thermal protection can be wound.

Do not charge the battery as soon as you bring the electric scooter
into a warm room. Wait until it warms up to room temperature, otherwise the battery will not last very long.

3. Waterproof
Not all electric scooter models are designed for rainy weather, you can find out about this in the specifications. If everything is in order and your scooter can be used
in the rain, before leaving, wrap the main components – the battery compartment, the steering wheel
with devices and the frame – with cling film or cellophane anyway . Make sure that the film does not interfere with your movement and maneuvering, and also does not make transport unstable.

Do not wrap the grips as you need good grip on the handlebars. Pay particular attention to sealing the battery, all exposed connectors, and the display
on the control panel.

Do not drive into puddles even on a rolled up scooter. Water can leak under the film or insulation and disrupt the operation of the electronics.

You can get confused and waterproof with automotive sealant.

How to prepare a driver for winter driving
1. Protective clothing
Remember, falling is as easy as shelling pears in rainy or snowy weather. Appropriate clothing can save you from unpleasant injuries. Wear protective helmets with goggles to protect your eyes and head. Heated gloves keep your hands free from freezing in a static position, allowing flexibility in the wrists and fingers for responsiveness.

 

Use warm footwear on the electric scooter that holds your foot tightly, knee pads
and, if possible, elbow pads. You may look a little ridiculous, but such an outfit will protect you from injury if you fall.

2. Proper winter clothing
When riding the electric scooter in winter conditions, wear appropriate winter clothing. It is better that the jacket has wind protection, as even on a calm day at speed you will be decently blown.

 

3. Give up the ride when icing
The wheels of the electric scooter are too small to provide stability on slippery roads. Therefore, on ice, it is better to refuse to travel not only on an electric scooter, but also other types of transport. Also, at very low temperatures, the tires on the wheels begin to tan, and the grip decreases. Therefore, do not ride an electric scooter in severe frost, even on dry asphalt.

How to drive properly
1. Slow and safe driving
You can of course move around in winter when it snows. But remember that this is not the best idea, even for a prepared electric scooter. The roads roll over, which is the same as ice for driving. If you do decide to leave, drive slowly
and carefully, no faster than 10 km / h.

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2. Use bike paths or routes
Infrastructure for cyclists is the safest spot when riding
an electric scooter in winter. Try not to drive on slippery public roads to protect yourself from accidents.

3. Define your route in advance
It makes no sense to ride an electric scooter through snowy areas. The scooter can only ride as long as the wheels are in contact with a hard surface, so avoid deep snow as you will most likely get stuck.

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4. Smooth control
Do not make sharp turns while driving in winter conditions. This can lead
to skidding and falling. If you want to drive the electric scooter in rain or slush, reduce the speed for maximum controllability and smooth maneuvers. Use your own body weight when driving. When driving the electric scooter, continue driving only when you have a complete sense of balance.

If you are passionate about electric scooters and can’t help but ride in winter, take care
of your tires, your gear and vehicle protection to increase traction, protect against moisture, prevent battery drain in cold weather and make driving safer and more comfortable.