Electric Scooters are without a doubt one of the most sustainable and convenient ways to travel.  It allows you to easily wade your way through traffic and get you to your destination with the least possible disturbance. It’s convenience also allows you to fold it when you’re not using it so you can store it somewhere safe to charge for the meantime. With that said we can assume that there are lots of benefits in owning an electric scooter. Of course, where there are upsides to upsides to owning one, we’re sure to expect that there would be downsides too? Not everything is made perfect. Sometimes things just sound too good to be true. 

 

Every product has its limits. All products are made for a certain purpose. But that doesn’t mean that the product can do it for you as well as any other variant. That is why there are different makes and models  available for us to choose from. To find out which one will suit our tastes. You see all products share a common defect. Though there are numerous instances in which a defective product could injure a person, defects that give rise to supplier, seller, or manufacturer liability are categorized by three types of product defects: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects.

 

You can’t consider a defective product to function much less fulfill its purpose. A product can even turn defective based on how you use it. Just like how tires break under pressure or how circuits fry when splashed with water just shows how the end user themselves can ruin a product’s functionalities. 

 

Electric scooters may be easy and fun to ride but let’s not forget that at the end of the day, this is a vehicle. An electric vehicle that should be regularly maintained and properly taken care of.  To prevent these from happening to your electric scooter, here are some do’s and don’ts when caring for your electric scooter.

 

Battery Management

The Battery is one of the most important parts of an electric scooter to be well maintained and taken care of. Its warranty period is usually shorter than the warranty period of the scooter. 

 

-Do’s

  • Make sure you keep your battery at the least 10 % charged at all times. Charging regularly can help prolong the battery’s life. You can charge your electric scooter straight after a short ride. 
  • If you had a long ride, give it about 30 minutes to cool down and then charge it. Do not leave your electric scooter with a significantly discharged battery for a few hours. Charge it promptly. 
  • Don’t use other chargers, only use the original.
  • Keep the battery dry.

 

-Don’ts

  • Leaving your electric scooter with a significantly discharged battery.
  • Storing your electric scooter for a long period without a charge.
  • Leaving your electric scooter in freezing cold or under the sun
  • Charging your electric scooter unattended/Overcharging.

 

Other than the battery, the scooter itself will need regular maintenance in order to maintain full functionality. 

Regular Maintenance

-Do’s

  • Clean your electric scooter at least once a week.
  • Keep your tires pressurized.
  • Change worn out tires.
  • Check your brakes regularly.
  • Make sure your wheels are spinning unobstructed
  • Replace the grip handles from time to time.
  • Set up inspections with your local mechanic or manufacturer.

 

-Don’ts

  • Leaving it dirty to accumulate rust.
  • Exceed max tire pressure allowed by the manufacturer.
  • Keep use of worn out tires.
  • Riding with faulty brakes.

 

Now that you’ve made sure that your electric scooter is well it’s time to talk about its usage. An Electric Scooter has its limits and it is important that you respect these limits as the rider. 

Usage

-Do’s

  • Drive on flat ground like asphalt, paths, sidewalks, etc.
  • Follow regular road safety rules.
  • Wear a helmet and safety gear.
  • Be alert.
  • Drive responsibly.

 

-Don’ts

  • Driving off-road or on uneven terrain. Make sure your electric scooter is designed for that.
  • Using your scooter to perform stunts.
  • Riding with a passenger.
  • Using your phone while driving.
  • Driving intoxicated or under the influence.

If you’re having difficulties when it comes to the technical aspects of your scooter, it would be better to consult the manufacturer so you can avoid the risk of causing more issues for yourself.

 

Apart from taking care of your electric scooter, we should also take care of ourselves as the riders. Safety will always be the number one priority.

 

With that said, electric scooters should last years without the need for repair or maintenance. However, just like any other vehicle, they are still pieces of equipment that are only as good as the people who take care of them.  It may be fun and thrilling to ride an electric scooter but what good is it if it doesn’t work anymore? Feel free to take note of these things before you think of acquiring your very own electric scooter. You can always visit any electric scooter store like Mearth to test drive their models, just remember to always practice safety especially in these trying times.
By Mavic Buenaflor

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