City rides on an electric scooter are a lot of fun. And one wants to extend the season of electric transportation as long as possible. Now, we’re going to talk about using an electric scooter in winter.
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Dress as warmly as possible.
It is pretty clear, but it does not hurt to mention it once again. Wind – your greatest enemy while riding, because every 10 km / h movement reduces the temperature felt by 2 degrees. For example, if you decide to ride an electric scooter at 20°C it feels like the air is only warmed up to 16°C.
The lower the temperature, the greater the downward effect. Riding in winter at -10°C will take 6 degrees and it will feel like -16°C. A windproof closed jacket or down jacket, warm gloves, and reliable winter shoes will help to increase your skating comfort. You can protect your face from the cold with a balaclava, scarf, goggles, or ski mask.
Watch out for the road!
Winter snowy road requires more vigilance and caution because the rubber in the cold becomes hard and loses its adhesion to the road, which, in turn, may lead to skidding electric scooters. In winter, we recommend riding on tracks cleared of snow and ice, or honing your riding skills by increasing your experience in controlled skidding.
However, when riding on roads cleared of snow, be aware of the detrimental effects of road salt and other technical reagents on the vehicle’s body. Try to clean the body of the scooter within 30 minutes after each ride.
Some riders use studded wheels on electric scooters to increase traction on slippery snowy and icy roads.
Keep an eye on the technical condition of the electric scooter.
It’s not just people who get cold during the cold season. Lithium-ion batteries don’t like sub-zero temperatures either. Their safe use ranges from -10 ° C to +60 ° C. But even in this minus temperature range, special vigilance should be exercised:
- Prolonged exposure to sub-zero temperatures hurts battery capacity, i.e. you will drive fewer kilometers on the same charge than in warm weather.
- Refrain from a sudden start – it is better to start smoothly to allow the engines in the wheels to warm up a little.
- After winter riding does not put the electric scooter on charging immediately after returning (even if you want to), let it warm up to room temperature for a couple of hours. In the warmth restores lost battery capacity and, if you rush and turn on the electric scooter to charge, it is possible to overcharge the battery, which may lead to battery failure or ignition.
- It is also worth controlling the formation of condensation, which may appear after you bring your electric scooter from the cold into the warmth. Therefore, do not put the electric scooter in a box or other small enclosed spaces, it must be dried. You can even use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
Observe the tips for operating an electric scooter on a winter road.
These simple rules will not make mistakes and avoid falls:
- Do not make too steep, with a small radius turns at an incline..;
- Try to put force on the rear wheel when turning;
- Do not make sharp turns in deep snow;
- Try not to drive into areas with melted snow that feel like slush, as the braking distance on a slippery surface increases significantly;
- Depending on the model of electric scooter, if possible first press the rear brake, then at the same time with less effort – the front brake;
- It is safer to use the rear brake when descending;
- If it is very wet, remember to dry the brakes to make sure they work properly. To do this, press the brake levers periodically until the pads fully grip the ground;
- In the wintertime, if possible, try to avoid too busy and congested roads, your electric scooter allows you to travel on safer and quieter pedestrian areas. Take advantage of this;
- Reduce tire pressure slightly when riding on ice.
Riding an electric scooter in winter is quite possible, if you approach it with special vigilance, observing all the rules and recommendations.