How To Ride an Electric Scooter Safely

Toby Bell22 Apr 2022

Seeing electric scooters zipping around all over the world is a sure sign that this isn't a fad that will fade away any time soon.  This growing trend is quite understandable, given that electric scooters are a great way to get around because they're quick, sustainable, and fun.

Getting on an electric scooter for the first time can be a little nerve-wracking. The great news is riding one is pretty straightforward. It's simple and easy to ride an e-scooter,  more so than a bicycle.  But even if you're comfortable and confident riding an electric scooter, it's essential to keep safety in mind at all times. Read it and you'll know not just how to ride an electric scooter, as well as how to do it safely.

Wearing Safety Gear When Riding an Electric Scooter

In many ways, e-scooters have the same dangers as bicycles. Because a scooter puts you closer to the ground, it has a reduced top speed unless it is a high-end scooter. These electric scooters are not toys, and some can reach speeds of 100kph.  This is why it's important to consider wearing appropriate safety gear. 

Helmet

Wear a helmet whenever you ride your electric scooter. Although many countries do not enforce required helmet laws, a helmet can make a huge difference. Always double-check the safety standards of the helmet before using it. Choosing a helmet that you will wear is more important than anything else, so keep that in mind. Helmets that don't fit well or obstruct your view are not worth the expense.

As long as you have a comfortable bike helmet, fit properly, and pass safety standards, you don't need to get another one for your e-scooter. Wearing a mountain bike or motorbike helmet is recommended because electric scooters can achieve speeds far faster than a standard bicycle.

Elbows and Knee Pads, and Protective Clothing

With your arms and legs outstretched, you reflexively shield the most sensitive parts when you fall. Several things can go wrong if your elbows and knees aren't adequately covered, from minor bruises to long-term joint damage. It's easy to see why drivers of vehicles capable of speeds greater than a human sprint speed are required to wear knee and elbow protection. Incredibly, a small bit of plastic with padding can protect someone from serious harm. You should be able to move around freely while wearing good knee and elbow pads. If you're just learning to ride, wearing elbow and knee pads also goes a long way. Over time, as you become experienced unless required by your local laws, you won't have to wear them. 

Wear long-sleeved clothing or a protective jacket to shield your arms and legs once you've ditched the elbow and knee pads. You're less likely to get hurt if you're wearing safety gear when you fall from your electric scooter.

Gloves

Another way to keep yourself safe is to wear gloves. The instinct to put one's hands out to absorb the force of a fall is a good reason to wear gloves. You can go for a bike or motorcycle gloves. Make sure that they don't just fit snugly on your hands, but also feel comfortable and easy to move around with.

Riding an Electric Scooter Safely

Those who ride electric scooters to get around save money and time while doing so. Thus, e-scooter ride-sharing services have made electric scooters a prominent mode of private transport in cities around the world.  Despite the electric scooter's joy and ease of use, some people are still wary of its safety. While most electric scooters are designed to be safe, there is still the possibility of falling or injuring yourself. However, the rider's inexperience with e-scooters is often to blame.

For both private and ride-sharing electric scooters, keep these safety tips in mind to ensure a fun and safe commute:

Make sure that your e-scooter is in good running condition.

Make sure to inspect your e-scooter before taking it for a spin. Before you get on your electric scooter, make sure to do the following:

  • Check to see if the brake, accelerator, and lights are all operating properly.
  • Assess whether or not you have the proper tire pressure.
  • Stem latches should be tightly locked.
  • Make sure that all of your ports, rubber caps and other openings are properly sealed before you begin charging.
  • Make sure your battery is fully charged before you go.

Ideally, you should assess your electric scooter once a week, especially if you ride it daily. Keep an eye on the state of your electric scooter to ensure that it lasts as long as possible and is in peak working order.

Always wear safety gear.

Unfortunately, many riders do not ride with any kind of protective gear, including a helmet. Wearing a helmet is the most common cause of e-scooter-related injuries. Keep in mind that some countries and cities require e-scooter riders to wear a helmet. Additional safety gear can be worn in addition to a helmet. You can avoid scrapes on your hands and arms if you use gloves, elbow, and knee guards. When riding at night, wearing reflectors could help you be easily seen.

Obey e-scooter laws and regulations and respect traffic rules.

Be informed of the rules and restrictions in your country or city regarding e-scooters. To comply with local restrictions, you must become well-versed in the nuances of e-scooter legislation in your area. Certain countries and cities have also established an average maximum speed for electric scooters. In addition, obey the local traffic restrictions that apply to electric scooters in your area. You can avoid accidents and penalties by familiarizing yourself with the rules and regulations.

Stay focused when riding.

While it's tempting to scooter your way freely while listening to some tunes, this can be dangerous. As with operating any vehicle, having complete focus is important. Keep an eye out and your ears open for oncoming vehicles, pedestrians, and other obstacles. To avoid mishaps, you must exercise extreme caution at all times.

Avoid unfavorable riding conditions.

It's best not to ride an e-scooter on dangerous paths or in bad weather. If your e-scooter isn't intended for off-road use, don't test its physical boundaries. In addition, avoid riding in inclement weather or under otherwise unsafe conditions. While your electric scooter may be able to survive stormy or snowy weather, you might end up getting hurt in the process.

As with any vehicle, safety should always be the top concern. Keep in mind that although e-scooters are generally safe, one can't be too cautious. Keep these tips in mind for you not just to enjoy your e-scooter ride, but to stay safe while doing it.

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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