In Canada we are extremely fortunate to have beautiful trails and stunning landscapes for electric scooter riding. Our winters however can be harsh, and extra care must be given to our two-wheeled friends. Here are 5 tips to help maximize your ride in the colder months.
1. Wear a helmet
A helmet is always advised but especially in colder conditions where black ice, salt and other hazards can go unseen, protecting our head is extremely important.
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2. Dress for the weather
It may seem obvious but proper attire can make a huge difference. When we are standing still on our scooter, we do not generate the same amount of body heat as a physical activity such as biking or walking would. So layer up!
Don’t forget about the wind chill. Not only must we consider wind speed, but our scooter speed must be factored in as well.
Example: Today the temperature is 5°C with 25km/h wind gusts. I ride my Ninebot MAX at 30km/h. When the wind is in my face it will feel like 55km/h gusts. Therefore, as I’m riding, the wind chill will make the air feel like -2°C.
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3. Plan your trip
In colder temperatures your battery life will be affected. Similar to a cell phone exposed to the cold, expect to see your range reduced as much as 50%. Plan your trips accordingly to ensure you’re not left without charge. We suggest mapping out your routes before leaving the house and packing your charger as a backup.
4. Warm battery before riding and charging
Before leaving the house, turn your scooter on for few minutes to allow the battery to warm up inside before going outside to ride. Likewise, when you get home from your adventure, give the battery a chance to warm up inside before plugging it in to charge. This will prevent condensation from forming and reduce the stress on the battery.
5. Do not ride in extreme conditions
In extreme weather conditions, such as snow, ice, sleet, hail, or heavy rain, riding is not advised. Double check your scooter’s IPX rating to see how it handles moisture. A good rule of thumb is – if you can’t see the pavement, keep the scooter at home.
Other tips include…
- Wipe your scooter down at the end of every trip. Mud, water, and especially salt can be harmful to your scooter.
- If your scooter has pneumatic tires, check your tire pressure before every ride.
- If you plan on tucking your scooter away for the winter months, charge it up once a month to 100% battery. This is part of maintaining good battery health.
Ride safe this winter!
-The Segway of Ontario team
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