Electric Scooter Safety Tips

electric scooter safety tips

Electric Scooter Safety You Need To Know

electric scooter safety tips
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Electric Scooters have become popular in the past few years. However, the concept and innovation have been around since 1895! They are compact yet so fun to ride that you don’t really feel riding on two small wheels (applies even if your scooter has three). They are manufactured for both adults and children, with various features depending on the cost. Soon, they will be a trend along with hoverboards!

The precautions for an electric scooter are the same as of any two-wheeler vehicles, but the structure of the scooter and its compact size change things a little. So, let us look at the safety precautions that you must take before going on your adventurous ride!

1. Prioritize wearing a helmet

Even though the size of your scooter is compact, it can rev up pretty quickly and has a decent speed. This is not a bike your are riding, which is more sturdy and stable because of its heavy mass and stronger build.
Once you are thrown off balance, you can inflict some serious injuries to yourself. Honestly, electric scooters are not as dangerous as bikes, but when you ride a two-wheeler, there is nothing protecting you from accidents. So, why take chances in the first place?
You should at least wear a helmet as a protective gear, it wouldn’t hurt if you add knee pads and elbow guards.

Well, helmets have their own variety to begin with. Let’s consider four types:

1. Full-face helmet: These helmets provides the best safety and are suitable for any ride and is the most common type.

2. Open face helmet: These helmets are preferred for scooters, cafe racers and cruisers. There is no chin protection, which makes it slightly less preferable than full-face in terms of safety. But if you want to feel the air on your skin, then you are good to go.

3. Modular helmet: These helmets are also known as flip-up helmets, in which the chin bar along with visor can be flipped up thanks to its hinge design. Again, it is preferred by cafe racers, cruisers and scooters for the feel of air on the face. This is the second best type of helmet in terms of safety, and it looks stylish as well!


4. Half helmet: This type is preferred for electric scooters, bicycles and hoverboards. They provide the least type of protection but they are popular among teens.

2. Know your tracks

First, let’s consider the structure of your electric scooter. It is a compact machine with two small wheels, a ramp to stand on and a handlebar shooting upwards from the front. Any two-wheeler will slip on a wet track or a track full of rubble and dust. Obviously, an electric scooter is no different because of its small wheels, which will have a hard time to maintain its grip on a wet track. Not to mention, its low ground clearance is not meant for bumpy tracks.

You don’t want to slip or damage your ride; therefore, ride on dry, rubble free and fairly plain tracks.

3. Avoid riding during a storm or rain

Well, electric scooters, even the expensive ones, are not designed to ride during rain or storms. It has electric parts that can easily short-circuit.
Let’s take reduced visibility into account, which makes riding during unfavorable weather conditions very dangerous, let alone inconvenient. The scooter’s structure will give you an added disadvantage.

So, riding in favorable weather is your best bet!

4. Practice invisible riding​

“Eh, Invisible? what the heck?”

Listen, there are mostly three types of vehicles large vehicles like trucks and buses, small ones like cars and then there are two-wheelers.

“Why a separate category though? they could have easily fit in the small category.”

Absolutely right! but if you go from the most visible to the least, then you would divide the vehicles into three types, like we have done. Two-wheelers are the least visible type of all, especially from a distance. This is one of the major causes of accidents.

Invisible riding simply means that you assume you are invisible to others on roads and take extra precautions. Like braking at the right moment, giving hand signals when turning, wearing high contrast clothes to increase your visibility, etc. This increases the percentage of your safety by a decent margin.

Also, when riding in the city, you are better off maintaining the ideal speed of 20 mph, as the city roads are comparatively more unpredictable than usual roads.

Some cities and towns have dedicated lanes for two-wheelers, and they are safer alternatives of your usual routes. Sure, you still need to take precautions there as well, as there are still people riding along with you.

5. Maintain your ride

Every machine which has moving parts is prone to wear and tear. So, it wouldn’t hurt if you took care of your scooter once in a week or so. Let’s look at the different parts of your ride and how to take care of them:

Tires: make sure they are properly inflated, which is essential for proper braking. If the tires have worn out, change them as soon as possible.

Batteries: when they die, do not settle for cheaper alternatives, buy a quality battery to prevent fire breakout.

Frame: Ensure that all screws are properly tightened and apply lubricant where necessary. You should check the users’ manual for instructions.

Brakes: Ensure that the brakes are working effectively. If they don’t, it would be wise to see a mechanic to check the problem or replace the brakes.

Chain/belts: make sure that they are properly tightened, which means not too loose and not too tight. The tightness of the chain or belt can be adjusted with a wrench. 

Apart from maintenance, perform a check of your electric scooter’s tires, frame and brakes every time before you set off for your adventure!

6. Install a rear-view mirror

Electric scooters do not have a pre-installed rear-view mirror. They certainly take away the charm of your scooter a little, but they add to your safety. This can be a profitable trade depending on your preference. 

However, we recommend that you install a rear-view mirror if you can.

7. Be mindful of the throttle

Electric scooter pick up quickly, which can easily lead to an accident, if you are not aware. You need to understand how much throttle you need, to reach and maintain a certain speed limit. Of course, this is simple and everyone knows it, but people still grow reckless and meet their demise.
Make sure you don’t do the same!
Also, being mindful of your surroundings increases the safety percentage multifold, and it makes the ride more fun!

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8. Avoid using earphones

Any distraction is dangerous while commuting in any vehicle. It has become a trend using headphones or earphones, while riding a bike or an electric scooter. 

Yes, you will not probably injure yourself immediately, but again, why take the risk when you don’t have to? 

A word before you go

If you are a beginner, then this might be the reason you are reading this blog. Well, anything you learn if difficult at first but eventually, you get used to it and enjoy it. So, take a deep breath and relax and don’t overthink about falling or possibility of an accident. Just learn the important bits and you are good to go.

Eventually, when you get used to it, you will see that riding has become your second nature. At that time, you don’t have to think about the safety precautions as they will have become a part of you! 

Have a safe ride!

Top 9 Hoverboard Safety Tips and Precautions

Hoverboard Safety Tips and Precautions

Similar to a Segway in terms of functioning, a hoverboard is a two-wheeler scooter without any handle to hold on to. One has to balance oneself on it as its movement is completely dependent on the rider’s weight balance. When the rider shifts their body weight to the left, it turns left. It turns right when the body weight is shifted to the right. 

Ever since its launch a few years ago, hoverboards have been a hot selling item in several countries, including the US. From kids to senior citizens, people of all age (and size) want to get their hands (err, feet) on it. As cool and flick a hoverboard may look, using it is not a child’s play.

A few weeks ago, a man was caught falling backwards and sandwiching his own child to death. The freak incident was caught on a video camera. There have also been incidents where hoverboards’ batteries have exploded. 

 

 

As a result, it is advisable to take all sorts of necessary precautions and follow the safety tips pertaining to riding a hoverboard. Following is a compilation of hoverboard safety tips and precautions:

Hoverboard Safety Tips and Precautions

1. Use the right Hoverboard

While most Hoverboard manufacturing companies do take the necessary safety measures, there are Chinese variants which don’t really take those safety measures.

Hence, it is extremely vital to opt for a hoverboard which complies with the safety standards. A model with UL 2272 certification is a universally accepted safety standard for hoverboards. You must visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

2. One size does not fit all

 What may be perfect for your friend, may not be right for you. There are several varieties of Hoverboard available in the market. When buying a hoverboard, you also need to ensure whether your desired model is right for you or not. If you are an adult, you should not ride a hoverboard for kids.

Likewise, kids should not ride a hoverboard meant for adults (unless their size allows them to). On average, a hoverboard is 7” wide and can carry a person weighing up to 100 kgs (220 lbs). If you need something wider or if you are heavier, you would need to purchase a hoverboard with respect to your requirements.

3. Learn how to fall

 This safety tip is usually overlooked not just by riders, but also by instructors. If you don’t know how to fall safely, don’t get on a hoverboard. Whether it is mentioned in the instruction manual or not, learning how to fall should be on the top of your hoverboard precautionary measures.

If you are an adult, you are more likely to injure yourself after a fall than if you are a child. Why? Science. The speed, mass, and height affect the magnitude of the fall. Therefore, should you fall, duck a little and make yourself smaller before falling forward and rolling subsequently.

4. Wear the necessary safety gear

I have been skateboarding ever since I was a kid. Even today, when I step on a skateboard, I make sure I’m wearing a helmet. Whether you are a professional or just a beginner, never use a hoverboard without a helmet.

You need to buy yourself a skateboarding helmet. They are hard, sturdy, and light in weight. All that and does what it’s supposed to do – protects your head. In fact, don’t just limit your safety checks to a helmet, especially if you are a rookie.

Wear proper gear such as knee guards, elbow guards, etc. In addition to that, don’t forget to wear proper footwear. Shoes, not slippers.

5. Explore the riding surface

Most hoverboards are not made to be used on the roads or the streets. Since their wheels are tiny and not very sturdy, (unless specifically mentioned) their usage should be limited to indoors.

Having said that, before you take your Hoverboard for a spin, it is extremely critical to inspect the surface you are planning to ride the machine on. The surface must be dry and free from any obstacles (including, but not limited to, furniture).

6. Getting on and off

 Learn how to get on a Hoverboard and also learn to disembark safely. The latter is slightly difficult compared to the former. When you set your feet on a hoverboard, you just need to make sure that you step forward while distributing the weight on the entire foot.

Also, stepping forward means you can see what is in front of you. However, at the time of getting off a hoverboard, you should step backwards. Therefore, practice getting on and off your hoverboard before you take it for a spin.

7. Get the right posture

When it comes to riding a hoverboard, there is a right way, as well as plenty of wrong ways. Albeit it may not seem like, your posture is the most essential element to keep you safe. Since its movement depends mainly on the rider’s posture, one major mistake can make it fatal for the rider.

One of the most common mistakes made by most hoverboard riders is that they keep their feet too close. There should be a wide stance, as wide as possible. Additionally, stand upright, unless you are preparing to fall. So, work on your posture before advancing or changing gears. Having said that, it is easy to ride it safely. 

8. Look in front of you

When I was learning how to surf, one of the key lessons my instructor gave me was to look in the front. Always. The same applies when you go snowboarding. Or skating. Or any such activity where balance plays the most important role. Looking at either of your sides whilst riding a hoverboard would shift your weight and put you off balance. That can likely result in your fall. Therefore, always look in the direction your hoverboards is moving.

9. Go slow and steady

You must have heard the adage – slow and steady wins the race. It is absolutely true for hoverboarding. No matter how many hours of experience you have been riding a hoverboard for, do not go too fast.

The battery-operated scooter is infamous for blasting due to short circuit or battery failure. Also, unlike a skateboard, it is not designed for tricks and stunts. If you need to ride it fast or want to carry out some sleep stunts, you should consider buying a scooter.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that riding a Hoverboard promises a joyride. But it is also essential to take every single precautionary measure to ensure that it remains a joyride.

It is true that injuries are a part and parcel of riding any machine, but there is no harm in doing everything you can to avoid it. Following these hoverboards safety tips will not only keep you safe but also ensure that you have fun while riding it. Fun, after all, is the desired result, isn’t it?