Can a Child Ride an Electric Scooter on the Pavement?

Toby Bell18 Apr 2022

As soon as the first scooters were introduced to the market, kids have been enamoured with them.  But electric scooters are an entirely different matter. When it comes to using e-scooters, children under the age of 16 should not handle or ride them, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

For kids, it's not hard to get caught up in the thrill of riding an electric scooter and zooming about as though they were living the life of "The Jetsons."  But when it comes to the safety of electric scooters, there will always be questions.

As with any motorized vehicle, there are risks involved when youngsters get on board and zip around, but deciding whether or not e-scooters are safe for your children is something you must assess on your own.

Are Electric Scooters Safe for Kids?

Big trucks and fast cars scare us, and we're all frightened of having bruises and fractures, and we get a cold sweat thinking about all kinds of accidents. It's normal and all part of life.

The fact is, today's traffic situation is a mess in every city and town. It can be difficult to let children out of the house. You might feel anxious even if they're just having fun riding an e-scooter outside. On the other hand, danger can't be avoided, and we don't want to limit our kids from experiencing fun and enjoyment.

Electric scooters designed exclusively for children may or may not be legal in your city or town, depending on your state's rules and restrictions regarding e-scooters. Adult e-scooters, on the other hand, can be mostly operated by those who are 16 years old or older in the majority of countries throughout the world.

Should You Let Your Child Ride an Electric Scooter?

Electric scooters could be as safe or as dangerous depending on who uses them. Since they first came on the market, electric scooters have come a long way. There has never been a better time to ride a scooter. Now, we're talking about more effective brakes, more effective speed limitations, and greater stability control. All of which makes the scooters safer for children, even those who have never ridden one before.

Of course, the first step in ensuring your kid's safety is to ensure that the scooter is age-appropriate. There are several manufacturers that believe that children under the age of eight should not be allowed to ride these scooters on their own and that they should be supervised by an adult.

With the greatest scooters on the market, you can "scale up" or "scale down" the features of the scooter to fit your kid's age and experience level, making it easier for you to keep your child safe while he learns to ride a scooter.

To begin with, you'll want to make sure that you're giving your youngster the proper protective wear and equipment. If your young child is learning to ride a bike, you wouldn't let him go without first using a helmet or training wheels and just hope for the best. The same logic applies to electric scooters.

Young children using electric scooters for the first time should wear protective gear such as helmets, knee and elbow pads, and even lightweight protectors. Your kid's safety on an electric scooter is greatly enhanced if they are wearing the proper footwear. Most people choose to wear athletic shoes with rubber soles that provide a small amount of extra traction. Shoelaces with a different sort of fastening solution are also excellent choices, but a second option is to use neatly knotted shoelaces that won't drag.

Can a Child Ride an Electric Scooter on the Pavement?

Despite their increasing popularity, electric scooters are still relatively new and subject to a tangle of rules and regulations that make it difficult to know what is legal and what isn't. It's critical to familiarize yourself with your state's regulations on electric scooters.

Some countries and states prohibit the use of motorized electric scooters on pavements. In certain cities and towns, however, e-scooters are permitted to be used everywhere. Check your local state regulations to find out if your child can ride an electric scooter on the pavement.

Things To Check So Your Child Can Ride an E-Scooter Safely

Even though an electric scooter is appropriate for children, there are additional safety precautions you can take to ensure the ride is a lot safer and more fun for your child.

The first step is to conduct a thorough safety inspection of the scooter before letting your youngster ride it.  You may not want to do this every time your child rides his e-scooter down the street, but it's certainly better than doing nothing at all. This will ensure that your child spends more time on the electric scooter and less in the ER, so it's worth the time and effort.

Here are things you should check:

  • Inspect and make sure that there are no loose parts, broken parts, or anything else that could hamper the E-scooters functionality.
  • Verify that the electric battery system is fully charged and ready to use.
  • Ensure that the tires are properly inflated, clear of obstructions, and have enough tread to grip the surface on which your child will be zipping.
  • Check the switches to ensure that they are secure, easy to use, and capable of being moved throughout their whole range of motion.
  • It's a good idea for you to have a test ride yourself before handing the reins over to your child just to make sure everything is working properly.

If you use good discretion, teach safety behaviours, and focus on growing your child's confidence and skills with riding an electric scooter while making him wear safety equipment, riding one will be a safe and fun experience for your kid. And most importantly, as a parent, it's your responsibility to check local laws and regulations when it comes to electric scooters for kids, including whether or not your child is permitted to ride one on a pavement.

Toby Bell

Toby Bell

Toby, a skating fanatic, has recently switched his skateboarding passion into an e-everything passion. E-skateboards, and e-scooters are his new love, and he wanted to share that love with anyone interested.

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