Electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular in India. Many people are choosing to switch to electric scooters because of the numerous benefits they offer. They are more environmentally friendly and are cheaper to operate.
The next step after buying an electric scooter is to know how to maintain it on a regular basis. Just like with any other mode of transportation, owning and operating an electric scooter requires some level of maintenance in order to keep it running smoothly.
This becomes even more crucial during monsoon season as the weather can take a toll on your scooter if you're not careful.
While manufacturers take every possible caution and ensure that all the vital components of the electric scooter are water-resistant, you also have a role to play in its safety and smooth functioning.
With that in mind, here are some tips to maintain your electric scooter in monsoons:
1. Use Rust Protection Spray
As scooter bodies are generally made from aluminum alloy with almost zero iron, they won’t rust. However, it can corrode and deteriorate over time.
An effective solution is to use a rust-protection spray, especially if the scooter needs to be left outdoors during the monsoon season.
Apply the spray on exposed components of your scooter for added protection. You can now easily find invisible rust protection spray online and offline.
2. Cover the LCD Panel
Several electric scooters feature an LCD panel. While the panel is also water-resistant, it’d be wise to keep it covered during rains. You can look for a transparent plastic film that can be applied to the screen to ensure that the excess water during a downpour doesn’t enter the LCD panel.
Use a good-quality, thin plastic film that offers protection while still allowing you to use the touch-screen panel.
3. Prefer Storing Battery Indoors
After riding your electric scooter, it’d be better if you remove the battery and store it indoors throughout the monsoon season. As the battery is one of the most vital components of the electric scooter, keeping it indoors will protect it against any unnecessary damage. Most electric scooters now come with removable battery packs.
Also, you should never charge your electric scooter's battery during thunderstorms or major power fluctuations, as this can damage the battery permanently.
4. Avoid Riding in Very Heavy Rains
As mentioned above, electric scooters are water-resistant but not waterproof. While you can safely ride your scooter in the rain, avoid riding if it is pouring very heavily. You can rely on your judgment in such scenarios.
If you feel that the rains are not substantial, you can ride your electric scooter and avoid riding when you feel it is too heavy. One should also avoid riding an electric scooter through potholes and puddles filled with rainwater.
5. Ride at Safe Speed
Friction is significantly reduced when the roads are wet. Even if the wet and empty roads are tempting you to test the maximum speed of your electric scooter, fight the urge as it might have severe consequences.
The reduced friction can drastically increase the riding speed and take it to unsafe levels. Even if you ride carefully, the chances of skidding are considerably higher when the roads are wet. Therefore, you should always ride your scooter at a safe speed, especially during monsoons. Never forget your helmet and other safety gear while riding.
6. Clean Your Electric Scooter
It is generally recommended that you clean the scooter with water after riding in the rain. The unattended mud and rainwater can result in corrosion. Make sure that you also pat the scooter’s body dry after washing.
If possible, you should always park your electric scooter in the shade to protect it from prolonged water exposure. Use a good-quality cover that fits your scooter if it is stored outdoors.
Riding Your Electric Scooter Safely During Monsoon
You can ride your electric scooter safely in every weather, including monsoons. Just avoid riding when the rains are too heavy and keep the above-mentioned tips in mind.
Effective care and maintenance are the best ways to ensure that you keep yourself and your electric scooter fully protected during monsoon season.