Riding an electric scooter is a fun and efficient way of getting around, especially when the weather conditions are conducive. However, when you’re riding an electric scooter in winter, you may come across a lot of hurdles like snowfall, heavy winds and low temperature that can make for a somewhat unpleasant experience.
Temperatures start dropping during autumn for many places and then eventually drop extremely low during the peak winter months. You will need to have proper gear or accessories so that you have a hassle-free, comfortable riding experience. Here’s where electric scooter accessories can play an essential role in helping you prepare for your commute and making your trip enjoyable.
Here is a list of the five most handy accessories you need to have to ensure that you can stay out on the road and brave those freezing temperatures!
Warm winter gloves
When you ride during the cold months of the year, your hands will be prone to freezing due to the dropping temperature. As a result, you need to have a proper pair of gloves. These will play an essential role in preventing your hands from getting cold. It’s common knowledge that most of the key functions on the scooter are hand-operated. Hence, you can always bestow your faith in these gloves while riding an electric scooter. Mind you, winter gloves can get bulky, but they’re incredibly effective once you get used to having them on. It is advisable to choose a pair that supports your full range of motion, and isn’t too tight. Otherwise, you would find it difficult to apply brakes or accelerate. At the same time, they need to fit your palms correctly else it would cause inconvenience while riding. Also ensure that your gloves are made of warm, comfortable material.
Closed scooter helmet
Many scooter riders prefer keeping their faces covered during the summer. This works really well for the winters too!. The next time you set out to purchase electric scooter accessories, you should consider choosing full-coverage winter helmets that will help keep your ears and face closed, thereby protecting you from the chilly weather. It is best to choose a winter helmet that covers your face fully but allows for sufficient ventilation and a clear view of the road ahead. If your view is blocked, the risk of accidents increases and you don’t want to be prone to that.
Winter coat and Raincoat
Whether it’s snowing or simply chilly, you need to have a proper winter coat during winter.
The winter coat can play an essential role in keeping you warm, provided it comes with full coverage and doesn’t interfere with your riding experience. Avoid purchasing one that is loosely fitted, else it may end up getting entangled with the taillamps and posing a significant risk.
During the cold months, it is always advisable to add an extra pair of clothing that can wrap your legs too. But for subzero temperatures or extreme chill, these may not suffice. In that case, you should consider getting a scooter leg cover for additional protection. Scooter leg covers or lap aprons are extensions that will protect you. It is advisable to choose an all purpose leg cover that can protect you against the biting cold, but is suitable for milder climatic conditions or torrential rains too. Make sure to check how the leg cover gets attached to your scooter. It is better to fasten them against your scooter so that you are protected against the risk of sliding or slipping while riding the scooter. Before you hit the roads, you should consider riding it out with the leg cover attached, just to get comfortable before travelling long distances.
A scooter cover is one of the most essential accessories to ensure the longevity of your two-wheeler. These waterproof covers are usually made from a heavy-duty polyester material that defends against rain, sun, snow, dust and dirt, and is ideal for all-weather protection. Motorcycle covers protect against water, condensation, ice and are particularly helpful to prevent moisture from seeping into the engine or carburettor. They also repel water and prevent rust and mould from corroding the parts.
Besides these external accessories, the material and condition of the tyres, as well as the maintenance of your scooter’s battery play an essential role in ensuring a smooth drive even under unfavourable weather conditions. Tubeless tyres, like the ones fitted on both the BGauss B8 and A2, are generally better for extreme weather conditions and all kinds of terrain as they offer better grip as compared to tube tyres. Also, colder weather causes the PSI or tyre pressure to drop, and tubeless tyres are far more capable of handling this as they can be ridden at a much lower pressure than tubed tyres. BGauss electric scooters have front and back tubeless tyres which give you the confidence of avoiding pinch flats while riding.
As for battery maintenance, there are a few ways to maximise your electric scooter’s battery life. Some of these include:
- Don’t fully deplete your electric scooter battery.
- Know your scooter’s range and battery capacity.
- Don’t charge your battery for long periods of time unattended.
- Let your scooter battery cool before charging.
The BGauss electric scooters also come with a range of battery protection features like
Over Charging Protection, Over Discharging Protection, Short Circuit Prevention, Over Current Prevention, Individual Cell monitoring, Temperature Control, Cell Equalization, Waterproof casing, Voltage Equalization and Battery Logs.
Riding in winter is enormous fun once you invest in some handy accessories to keep you comfortable and take some basic measures to protect yourself and your favourite automobile, year-round!