Pretty much everyone knows that water and electricity do not mix. However, a lot of people who ride electric scooters are met with throwing caution to the wind to continue enjoying the convenience they provide. In this article, you will learn whether or not you can safely ride your electric scooter in the rain.
As with a lot of these types of questions, the truth is that the answer is somewhat complicated.
What Happens When You Do It?
There are certainly a couple of things that you should be keeping in mind when you do it. For one, you want to factor in how your scooter will fare.
While you will find a lot of lower-quality scooters and it may be tempting to ride them in the rain, these scooters will not fare well in wet conditions. It is typically a good idea to shelter these lower-quality scooters when it is raining and wet outside because they do not offer the same build quality that a lot of the premium scooters have. Thus, they aren’t as capable of withstanding the elements because of it.
Another thing that you must factor into the equation is whether or not you will be capable of handling the scooter in wet and slippery conditions. It can be increasingly difficult to operate and control your electric scooter when it’s wet outside. After all, the road will be slick and it could cause you to lose control. Having wet roads can lower the traction of your scooter’s tires which can make it increasingly difficult to turn and even stop. You will find a lot of electric scooters from the lower quality brands to have very poor maneuverability in wet and unfavorable conditions. Always ensure you maintain your scooter too
When You Shouldn’t Ride Your Electric Scooter In The Rain
1. Low Visibility Conditions
One of the things you should look out for would be low visibility conditions. You shouldn’t be riding your electric scooter in Ireland when you don’t have proper visibility for safe riding. While operating your scooter in light rain won’t have any adverse effects on your scooter, you will be putting yourself in a vulnerable position if you cannot see where you are going and if other riders cannot see. Therefore, you will want to avoid going out if it is going to be raining very hard.
2. High Standing Water
While the scooters we sell are water-resistant, that doesn’t mean they are waterproof. It is important to keep this in mind. You don’t want to be using your scooter in areas where there is a potential for flooding or high-standing water. Any extreme conditions like flash flooding should be avoided. You don’t want to ride in these conditions because your scooter will become inoperable with prolonged exposure to water. To avoid being left stranded because of a malfunctioning scooter, do not go out in these conditions.
As mentioned, these scooters are meant to be water-resistant. This is not the same thing as being waterproof. Thus, you should never submerge your scooter into the water as it will likely damage electrical components beyond repair and it will void your warranty.
3. Freezing Rain
If it’s raining and below-freezing temperatures outside, you should avoid riding your electric scooter altogether. By doing so, you will be causing significant harm to your scooter’s battery. It can negatively impact the lifespan of your battery and it can cause unnecessary wear and tear to your motor.
If you are purchasing an electric scooter from a reputable brand, you will likely be able to ride it in light rain. However, you need to be certain you are aware of the IP-rating of the scooter in question before assuming this. It’s always best to err on the side of caution and avoids riding in any conditions that could potentially damage your scooter. Therefore, you should avoid riding in periods of heavy rain or freezing temperatures.