Using my electric scooter in the rain?
We get a ton of questions every week from people who have already bought or are about to buy an electric scooter. We’re going to start featuring the most common questions in a weekly post here.
If you have a burning question about anything to do with an electric scooter, simply fill out the form below and send it to us, we’d love to feature your question in an upcoming blog post :
Can I use my electric scooter in the rain?
We frequently get asked if it is possible to use an electric scooter in the rain, wet weather, or on wet ground. Especially if you live here in the UK ( or anywhere in Northern Europe to be fair ), this is likely to be a situation you come across.
Our first consideration, and yours should be as well, is the safety of riding in different weather conditions. As a rule of thumb, we use cycling conditions as a barometer for the safety of riding your scooter in the rain. A light drizzle isn’t going to be an issue as long as you are riding carefully, but a torrential downpour should almost definitely be avoided for safety reasons.
It goes without saying that you should also be more vigilant than usual, and take into account the following precautions :
Put your lights on – even in the middle of the day. Having the extra visibility can only be a good thing on your scooter, especially when motorists and other road users have the rain that could be blurring their vision.
Wear a helmet – this should be at all times anyway, but we see people still out and about without them. Please do wear a helmet at all times.
Regulate your speed accordingly – the same as in a car or on a bike, when the weather turns worse, take your speed down a notch or two. Your stopping distance etc will be impaired, and going a few mph less could be the difference between a near miss and an actual accident.
Check your brakes – Our electric scooters are amazing machines aren’t they? But please don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking they are infallible. Regularly check your brakes are working and are giving you good braking distance. Re check them on wet ground and in wet weather, and adjust your riding style accordingly.
Wear something bright – I know, we all want to cool as we can whilst gliding around on our cutting edge scooters, but wear something bright. High vis if you can.
Is my scooter waterproof?
To the best of our knowledge, there is not a scooter on the market that can claim to be waterproof 100%. What we are seeing now increasingly, are models that have high water resistance, and can be ridden without fear of damage in most weathers.
The Segway Max is a good example, it has an IP6 rating, meaning it can pretty much with stand any soaking without any kind of negative impact. The Boosted Rev also has a high water resistancy – but both models are expensive and not within everyones price range.
Don’t worry though, regardless of your model of scooter, we do have a solution which works against the unpredictably predictable wet British weather. It doesn’t offer any kind of guarantee, but we have tried it and it works.
Simply by a can of ACF 50 spray ( Amazon sell it ) and give your scooter a good, liberal spraying of it. Let it settle and dry, and voila, you shouldn’t have any technical problems with rain or water getting into places it shouldn’t.
Also be aware, that by the letter of your warranty, you’re not meant to apply anything such as anti corrosion spray – however, at time of writing we have never heard of a warranty that can detect this or has been refused on the basis of it.