The popularity of electric scooters has skyrocketed in recent years. More and more people, from children to teenagers and even adults, use electric scooters for travel and leisure. While they are certainly fun to ride, scooters can also pose a danger to their users. Here are a few electric scooter safety tips every user must know.
Wear basic safety gear
Some accidents just can’t be avoided, even if you’ve taken every precaution. This is why it is vital that you always wear personal protective gear in case the worst happens. When it comes to scooter safety and personal well-being, there is no such as thing as doing too much. Here are some of the scooter safety gear you should consider using the next time you go for a ride around your neighbourhood.
Always a wear a helmet to protect your head, and if need be, a mouth guard. Durable elbow and shoulder straps protect those corners from scratches and bumps should you fall. Gloves help improve your grip on the handle. Electric scooters are often safe, but it pays to be prepared.
Check the tires
Always check the scooter’s tires before use. A quick inspection just before the ride can go a long way in ensuring your safety once you’re out. If there are other scooter users in your household, teach them how to check the scooter’s tires as well.
Some of the things you should look out for are the external appearance of the tires and its pressure. Always check if the treads are not worn out. Replace if necessary.
Focus on your surroundings
It’s easy to lose track of your surroundings while riding a scooter. Always concentrate on the road and observe your surroundings without sacrificing focus. Be on the lookout for pedestrians, oncoming traffic and other obstacles. You need to be alert to avoid accidents. Follow all rules and regulations, follow the direction of traffic and avoid congested areas.
Watch out for obstacles
Don’t assume that the road is smooth and paved. Always look out for obstacles and defects such as potholes, bumps, and crevices. These obstacles are one of the main reasons why scooter accidents occur. Keep your focus, carefully avoid the obstacle or slow down and stop if required.
In most cases, the best thing to do is to remain calm, gradually reduce your speed until you come to a full stop. If stopping isn’t possible, immediately head for a clear area away from traffic.
Watch out for puddles, too. Puddles may seem harmless, but they can be quite dangerous. They can hide holes and other crevices which could lead to a serious accident. Keep your speed low when using a scooter during wet weather. If possible, don’t use it at all.
Avoid slippery surfaces
Practice extra caution when riding an electric scooter over wet and slippery surfaces such as marble tiles, metal surfaces, wet roads, and muddy pavement. Water makes it more difficult to for the tires to support the scooter and could possibly lead to accidents. Always maintain a low speed when navigating through wet terrain.
Keep calm and drive slowly
Sudden downpours happen all the time, and using an electric scooter in the rain can scare many users, especially if you’re somewhat far from your origin. Keep calm while riding and always drive slowly since the roads and pavements are going to be wet.
Stop using a scooter during lightning storms
While rain can make a scooter ride more dangerous, with proper caution, you can safely make your way home. However, if a lightning storm occurs, you should immediately stop using your electric scooter and head for shelter. Lightning is extremely dangerous and could maim and even kill you.