Electric scooters have many tremendous advantages when compared to other means of transportation. They are fast, fun, and eco-friendly.
Although, there are many people out there who are unsure whether or not they are able to ride their electric scooter in the rain, and it’s no surprise why. It’s common knowledge that electricity and rain don’t match, so surely there would be no exception for electric scooters, right?
If you are one of those people, then you are more than right for thinking that. Since electric scooters are the go-to choice for people who want to do their part for the environment by not driving a car and don’t want the hassle of riding a bike everywhere they go, electric scooters give the perfect solution to that situation.
However, cars and bikes are able to be used in the rain, and if electric scooters are supposed to be an alternative to both of them, then surely, they will be able to be used in the rain?
Well, we are going to tell you the answer to that question in this article, as well as the reasons behind our answer.
Can I Ride My Electric Scooter in the Rain?
To get straight to the point; It’s not recommended.
There are a few variables that affect whether or not you will be able to ride an electric scooter in the rain. However, you may get away with riding your electric scooter in light rain as long as you look after the battery.
The primary issue that electric scooters face when ridden in the rain is that the battery may become damaged. In turn, this could render your electric scooter completely useless.
The reason above can make it a risky endeavour to take your electric scooter out in the rain, and you should avoid heavy rain entirely
What to Do If You Get Caught By Rain
If you live in an area where you frequently get rain at just a moments notice, the most critical thing you can do is to be prepared beforehand.
Before leaving your home, what technique you could employ is lowering the pressure in your electric scooter’s tyres in order to get a better grip. Of course, you don’t want to be riding around with lower than average tyre pressure all the time, so your best bet is to only do this when you have an incline it’s going to rain. Alternatively, always keep the required tools on your person and change the tyre pressure on a whim.
If you do get caught in the rain when riding your electric scooter, you will need to pay particular attention to the battery. You can do this in a variety of ways. One strategy you can employ is trying to cover your battery as much as possible and shield it from the rain.
If you absolutely have to ride while it’s raining, make sure you go a slower speed than usual the minimise the chance of the tyres losing grip, potentially causing you to slip. In addition, make sure you avoid especially slippery surfaces such as manhole covers, and crosswalks.
An even better strategy is to try and negate the rain entirely by taking a route that is mainly covered, either by overhead roofs or natural barriers against rain, such as dense trees.
Although, the best, and recommended strategy, is to completely avoid rain at all costs. If you are riding your electric scooter and it starts raining, your best bet is to just find a sheltered area and just wait it out.
What Happens If I do Ride My Electric Scooter in The Rain?
As we mentioned in the previous segment, the likelihood of your battery becoming damaged is high during rain.
If you decide to take your e scooter out for a spin in the rain, not only do you risk damaging your scooter, but you also increase the risk of injury to yourself ten-fold.
This is due to several components on your electric scooter that are affected by rain, such as the traction and the brakes.
When the tires on an electric scooter become wet, it can drastically increase the chances of them losing grip, which could potentially cause you to slide, which could damage your scooter and injure you.
In addition, the stopping distance is also significantly increased – this could lead you to underestimate the time you need to brake for, ending in a crash.
Even our brand of e scooters such as the ZERO 10x or the ZERO 11x, which feature pneumatic tyres and exceptional braking control, would not be very well suited towards riding in the rain. If our top range scooters are not able to ride in the rain safely, there is no hope for any of our competitors.
So, to answer the question “is it safe to ride an electric scooter in the rain?” our verdict is a resounding no, and we do not recommend it under any circumstances.
If, for some reason, you have no other choice than to ride in the rain, make sure you drive as slow as you possibly can, and try to shield the battery from rain as much as possible. In addition, if you have to brake in the rain, make sure you do so with ample space to stop and very gently.
Overall, it’s not a good idea to ride your electric scooter in the rain, and we wouldn’t recommend it under any circumstances.
If for some reason you have to, you may get away with riding in light rain, but heavy rain is a definite no due to the risk of damage to the battery.
Not only is riding in the rain bad for your scooter, but it can also end up being potentially harmful to you. In heavy rain, the performance of an electric scooter will be drastically decreased. Some of the things rain effect can put your safety in jeopardy, such as the tire traction or braking efficiency.
If you were looking for the answer to the question in the hopes of taking your electric scooter out for a spin in the rain, we hope we have done a good job of changing your mind. It’s not worth the chance of injury and the potential to damage your e scooter. Better to wait and be able to ride another day!
If you are interested in electric scooters and you are looking into buying one for yourself, feel free to take a look at our website. Our e scooters are of the highest quality, and they have everything you would expect from the top of the range e scooters. Have fun! Stay safe.