How to Ride an Electric Scooter: A Simple Beginners Guide

Paul Strobel
Paul Strobel
January 5, 2020
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Today we show you how to ride an electric scooter safely in 7 simple steps.

As electric scooters are gaining popularity, more people unfamiliar with them are trying to ride for the first time. While it is like riding a kick scooter, there are some differences. This guide will walk you through your first scooter ride safely.

Safety Gear

E-scooters are almost as dangerous as bicycles and have many of the same hazards. With a scooter, you are closer to the ground and unless you have a high-end scooter, you will have a lower top speed. The safety gear you need for an e-scooter is the same equipment recommended for bicycles.

The elbow and knee pads are not required after gaining some experience riding, but a helmet is always a necessity. This gear will protect you in most accidents occurring with a scooter.

How to Ride an Electric Scooter

4 place your strong leg onto the scooter deck

Riding an electric scooter is really simple and intuitive. Getting the first steps right, however, are crucial to your safety. Follow the below steps and you'll be riding in no time.

Time to learn: 5 minutes

  1. Place the e-scooter on a flat paved road or sidewalk

    1 Place the e-scooter on a flat paved road or sidewalk

    This will allow you to learn the steps and get a feeling for riding without having to worry about hills or other obstacles.

  2. Raise the kickstand

    2 raise the kickstand

    Using either of your feet raise the kickstand under or beside the scooter. It will lean after this so be sure to hold onto it!

  3. Use a kick scooter stance

    3 use a kick scooter stance

    Place your weak leg on the scooter’s deck with your foot facing forward. Lean forward and hold the handlebars with both hands.

  4. Place your strong leg onto the scooter deck

    4 place your strong leg onto the scooter deck

    Once you are moving place your strong leg on the deck behind your weak leg. This will allow you to keep your balance and minimize your size.

  5. Press the throttle steadily

    5 press the throttle steadily

    Different kinds of e-scooters will have different forms of throttles, but the technique is the same for all of them. start with a slow smooth motion to get the scooter moving. Use your strong leg to keep balance while you are starting to move.

  6. Rotate the handlebars to turn

    6 rotate the handlebars to turn

    Turning the handlebars will cause the scooter to turn. Like the throttle, the movements should be slow and steady to keep the ride as smooth as possible.

  7. Use the brakes

    7 use the brakes

    Many premium scooters have brakes similar to a motorcycle, moped, or bicycle. Simply pull on the brake lever to slow the scooter. Be sure to pull it slowly as you can be thrown from the scooter if it is too abrupt. There is also the option of using the back brake to slow more gradually.

Tip
Step on the back brake with your strong leg to use it.

Common Mistakes While Riding

1. Pushing the throttle too hard.

This will make the scooter jump forward and could make the rider lose control or fall off the deck.

Tip
Some premium scooters have multiple modes. Make sure it is set to the slowest mode while learning.

2. Pulling the brake lever too hard.

This will make the scooter stop suddenly and could cause the rider to fall or be thrown from the scooter.

3. Turning the handlebars too far.

When turning it is important to shift your weight to keep the scooter upright. Turning the handlebars too far can make this impossible and cause the scooter to fall.

Tip
Slow and steady is the safest way to do anything on a scooter. Even if you are traveling at high speeds, a slow and steady throttle or brake movement will keep you from falling.

4. Leaning the scooter.

Leaning on a scooter while riding will change the center of balance and could cause the rider to fall.

5. Not wearing safety gear.

The CDC reports that 45% of all e-scooter accidents involve head injuries that could be prevented with a helmet. 29% of all e-scooter accidents happen to inexperienced riders. That means that the majority of injuries can be prevented with proper safety gear and caution. Read our guide on e-scooter accessories to see which safety gear you need and see our riding tips guide for more safety practices you should abide by.

Wrapping Up

Now you know the basics of riding an electric scooter. It isn’t all that difficult – actually, most people can get going comfortably in about ten minutes. Safety gear is essential as you’ll be cruising at notable speeds once you get used to your e-scooter.

Whether you’ll be getting an adult commuting scooter or a teenage-friendly e-scooter, you should have the knowledge needed to get started now. Make sure to always lock your electric scooter when leaving it unattended in public as they’re sadly prone to theft. Also, make sure to check up on e-scooter laws in your area before braving the streets. They’re completely forbidden in public in the UK, for instance.

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Nothing more to say than: “get riding!” and let us know if you have any further questions in the comments section below.

Paul Strobel
Paul Strobel

Owner and editor of ERideHero. This website is the culmination of my passion for electric rideables, gadgets, and thrill-seeking. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions.

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