As electric scooters become more and more popular, more people who are not familiar with electric scooters begin to try riding. So is it difficult to ride an electric scooter? No, electric scooters are relatively easy to ride, even for a beginner.
Safety protection equipment
Riding an electric scooter is as dangerous as riding an electric bicycle, so you need some safety protection equipment.
- High-quality protective helmet
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
After you have gained enough riding experience, you may not wear elbow pads and knee pads, but a helmet is always a necessity. The helmet will protect your safety in most scooter accidents
A practical guide for beginners
- In order to make practicing electric scooters safer,try to stay away from crowded sidewalks, busy streets, and any people and things you may encounter. The more you practice, the better you can control the electric scooter.
- Once you move, the scooter will actually help you keep your balance, so remember to stay relatively still.
- When you are riding, if you are not sure what to do with the obstacles ahead at any time, please jump off the scooter.
Tips for safe riding
- Always wear safety equipment, such as helmets and knee pads.
- Do not ride on rainy, snowy or silky roads, as it is very easy to fall and get injured.
- Be careful of curbs on the road. High-speed impact can easily lose your balance or puncture the tire.
- Do not ride with one hand, electric scooters are not toys.
- Don't ride with many people. Most electric scooters are designed for single use only.
How to ride an electric scooter?
Before riding, it is important to be familiar with your scooter. You must know the position of the accelerator, brakes, lights and horn.
- Put the electric scooter on a flat road or sidewalk
- Lift the stand
- Find the power button
- Turn on the scooter
- Put your hands on the handlebars.
- Find the brake handle on the left and the throttle on the right.
- Put your right foot on the deck of the scooter, close to the steering column, and keep your left leg on the ground.
- Use your right thumb to push the throttle in about halfway (don't worry, the motor won't engage yet).
- Start to push the electric scooter forward with your left foot.
- Once you reach a speed of about 1.2 MPH (2 km/h), the motor will start and you will feel the scooter move forward.Note: This speed value may vary slightly depending on your electric scooter model.
- Place your left foot on the board, just behind your right foot.
- Stay relatively still when riding
- If you need to change your lane/direction, always look back and make sure nothing approaches you from behind.
- Be extra careful and enjoy the journey!
The best riding pavement for electric scooters
It is best to ride on smooth roads, such as asphalt or concrete. Irregular roads or cobblestone trails are not suitable for riding electric scooters and are unsafe. Many European cities, especially the old towns, are paved with cobblestones, which makes riding bumpy, uncomfortable and unsafe.
Flat grass is also great. If you are not sure how flat the grass is, please refrain from riding a bike. Once your front wheel gets stuck in a hole, you will be injured.
Will riding an electric scooter get hurt?
Electric scooters are fun to ride, and many people regard electric scooters as toys. For this reason, they forget the rules of the road and proper safety precautions, and they are prone to many dangers and traffic accidents.
Common mistakes when riding
- The throttle has been increased too sharply.
This will make the scooter jump forward and may cause the rider to lose control or fall off the deck.
- Suddenly brake.
This can cause the scooter to stop suddenly and may cause the rider to fall off the scooter or be thrown.
- Turning the direction too much when turning.
When turning, it is important to shift your weight to keep the scooter upright. Turning the handlebar too far will make this impossible and cause the scooter to fall.
Slow and steady is the safest way to do anything on a scooter. Even if you are driving at high speed, a slow and steady throttle or brake action can prevent you from falling.
- Lean on the scooter.
Leaning on the scooter while riding will change the center of balance and may cause the rider to fall.
- Not wearing safety equipment.
CDC reports that 45% of all electric scooters accidents involve head injuries, and wearing a helmet can prevent them. 29% of electric scooters accidents happen to inexperienced riders. This means that most injuries can be prevented with proper safety equipment and caution.
It is very easy for beginners to ride electric scooters, but easy does not mean that there is no danger. Therefore, when riding an electric scooter, remember to wear a safety helmet, follow the riding rules, and drive safely.