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.
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.
Getting On An Electric Scooter
Getting on an electric scooter is the same as a kick scooter. It may feel awkward to get your balance at first but scooters are generally very stable. Here’s a step by step in case you are unfamiliar.
- Place the 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
Riding An Electric Scooter
Now that you’re on a moving e-scooter, it’s time to kick in the motors.
- Press the throttle.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Put the kickstand down.
When you are completely stopped and ready to park the scooter, step off it and lower the kickstand using either foot. This will let the scooter stand without you holding 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.
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.
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.
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.