There is no denying that riding an electric scooter is a lot of fun, but it’s important to be aware of the associated dangers so the fun doesn’t end. There has been recent debate about the safety of electric scooters and, like all activities in life, it is possible to injure yourself in the process. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect yourself from potential harm:
Read the Manual
Electric scooters are intuitive and don’t tend to need much explaining - and we appreciate that you just want to get going… but we strongly recommend reading the user manual before you begin. The manuals are generally only a few pages and they contain a handful of crucial pieces of info which will make your journeys safer. We make sure all our scooters come complete with all the guidance (in English) that you will need to safely get your scooter out and about.
Prevention is better than cure… and you’re going to be moving at around 15mph or more so we advise all our customers to wear a scooter helmet. There are so many styles out there now and one is sure to compliment your style.
Ride with Lights
If your e-scooter doesn’t have inbuilt scooter lights and there’s any chance you’ll be riding in low light (bear in mind winter daylight hours) you need to get some lights. This will make those early morning and late night rides safer as you can rest assured everyone else can see you and vice versa.
Check Road Conditions
If you are a skilled driver you will probably be able to handle slippery conditions but for beginners we would recommend not taking the risk. Again, be sure to check the user manual to be sure if your electric scooter’s waterproof capability can cope with rain.
Test Before Each Use
Before embarking on your journey, double check all aspects of your scooter are working. It takes just a couple of minutes:
If your tyres are air-filled, firstly check for punctures. To prevent them, you could fill your tyres with puncture protection fluid. It saves having to replace a tyre, prevents possible injury and could save you money in the long run.
Check that your brakes are working and that your scooter has enough battery for you to complete your whole journey.
That’s it - you’re good to go.
It’s obvious really, but with scooters it’s especially tempting to relax and enjoy the view as your breeze by - but you’ve got to keep an eye out for potholes, slippery drain covers, rogue dogs and children, bicycles, etc, etc. We know that you know this, but please stay safe!
As tempting as it can be to show off your electric scooter, they’re not built for 2 people, so please no piggy backs. Let your friends ride on your scooter solo, and then they’ll want to buy their own and you can form a scooter squad with matching jackets.
Practice Makes Perfect!
Take it slow when getting to grips with your new scooter. The acceleration can be disarming and learning to turn and brake at different speeds and on different surfaces will help you become a better rider.
Be respectful of others around you - pedestrians, fellow scooter riders and cyclists alike. It will prevent injury to yourself and everyone else and mean you’ll enjoy the benefits of your electric scooter for years to come.