Top tips for riding an electric scooter in cold weather

Nov 13, 2023

Riding a Bolt scooter in colder seasons

Shorter days, darker nights, and chilly temperatures all impact autumn and winter scooter rides.

So, we created a handy guide to help you make the most of electric scooter rides during the colder months.

And your first tip’s right here! Ensure the scooter you’re about to ride is fit for riding in any weather by properly maintaining it.

Scooter maintenance basics

To ride safely in any weather, it’s essential to maintain your electric vehicle. 

Maintenance usually means checking for a few simple things to prevent issues later down the line.

Bolt’s technical team regularly looks over our scooters and e-bikes to ensure they’re safe to ride.

Generally, maintaining an electric scooter means:

  • Keeping the scooter clean;
  • Checking lights, reflectors, mudguards, etc.;
  • Making sure the brakes work;
  • Checking the (winter) tyre pressure and tread pattern.

If you’re about to rent a Bolt scooter, do a quick check before your ride. Make sure the brakes work and that the scooter moves smoothly.

If anything appears broken or not working as it should, you can easily report it through the Bolt app. 

Tap the little warning sign in the scooter section, submit your report, and our team will handle it. 

You can also report scooter issues online.

Riding bolt scooter in winter

Can you ride an electric scooter in the rain? 

This depends on the specific e-scooter model. For Bolt scooters, the answer is ‘Yes’! 

Though, of course, you’ll want to avoid extreme weather such as torrential rain, high-standing water, and flooded areas. 

For typical autumn weather, Bolt scooters are safe to ride as they’ve been built to withstand rain.

Check if your e-scooter’s fit for rain

💡 If you want to know whether a scooter’s fit for wet weather riding, you’ll need to check its IP rating (Ingress Protection Rating). 

An IP rating is a universal standard scale for water and dust resistance and is, therefore, highly reliable. Cheaper scooters may come without an IP rating, in which case you shouldn’t ride them in the rain. 

The electronics components of Bolt scooters have an IP-67 rating.

Tips for riding a scooter in the rain

Here are our top tips on how to stay safe riding a scooter in the rain:

  • Lower your speed. As the pavement can get slippy, lower speeds are safer. Wet tarmac provides less traction, so be extra mindful when turning. 
  • Brake early. Less traction also means slightly longer stopping times. All Bolt scooters have at least 2 braking systems to keep you safe, even in the highly unlikely case that 1 of them should fail.
  • Keep space between you and other road users so you can comfortably swerve or stop when you need to. 
  • Stay visible. Rain also means lower visibility. Wear reflective clothing or reflectors. Use the scooter’s lights, and make sure it has reflectors. You’ll find reflectors on all sides of the scooter. There’s also a front and rear light to keep you visible.
  • Dress for the occasion. Keep yourself warm and dry by choosing suitable clothing for the weather. And don’t forget your helmet!

If you need a reminder on the basics of riding a scooter safely, check out these 10 simple safety rules.

How to ride a scooter safely in the dark

The key to scooter safety in low-light conditions is increasing your visibility!

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for slippery surfaces and debris so you can avoid them. 
  • Ride in well-lit areas. Opt for streets with good lighting for your ride. This will help you have a clear overview of your surroundings and help you stay visible.
  • Plan your route in advance. Stick to familiar streets and avoid potholes and obstacles.
  • Be visible and audible. All Bolt scooters are equipped with a front and backlight as well as a bell. Use the bell to make yourself known to fellow riders who might have missed you.
Riding Bolt scooter in winter with front lights shining bright

What should I know about riding a scooter in cold weather? 

Avoid riding on ice

Besides dressing warmly — with special attention on wearing gloves — there’s 1 more important thing to look out for. 

When temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing levels after rain or snowfall, black ice may form. Rain or melted snow will freeze, forming a smooth, glossy layer on the pavement.

You may be able to spot black ice from the way light reflects off it — it will look glossy or similar to a wet floor. Always avoid riding on ice!

Extend battery life by riding carefully

Cold weather can also affect e-scooter batteries, shortening the range a scooter can travel. It’s always good to keep this in mind if you’re planning a longer ride. 

You can extend battery life by riding at a slower speed. 

Air resistance grows as your speed increases, and that increased air resistance means the scooter needs to work a bit harder than it would at a lower speed for the same distance.

Bolt’s scooter battery components come from top providers in the industry, so you can be sure they’ll work just fine — even in colder weather.

Our latest scooter, Bolt 6, for example, is equipped with a 1.1 kWh high-range battery designed to go up to 90 km on a single charge!

Our batteries also have a feature that turns them off should any issues be detected.

And that’s it! 

After reading this guide, you should be well prepared for taking scooter rides in the cold weather.

Still have some Bolt scooters-related questions? See our FAQs below:

Renting a Bolt scooter in the rain

Riding Bolt scooters in cold weather: FAQs

Can I ride Bolt scooters in winter?

Bolt scooters and e-bikes remain on the streets for use until weather conditions get too severe. 

Depending on your country and its weather conditions, scooters can be used throughout winter or be taken off the street by November or December.

Can I ride Bolt scooters in the snow?

No. Bolt scooters aren’t equipped with snow tyres and shouldn’t be ridden in snow. Hail a ride or rent a Bolt Drive car instead! 

Can I ride Bolt scooters in the rain?

Absolutely! The electronics components of Bolt scooters have an IP-67 rating. Bolt scooters are safe to ride as they’ve been built to withstand rain. However, we recommend avoiding extreme weather. 

Can I ride Bolt scooters in the dark?

Yes. All Bolt scooters are equipped with a front and backlight for better visibility. 

Feeling extra-prepared to take a Bolt scooter for a spin now? 
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