Most people pick up riding an electric scooter straight away and enjoy spending time out and about. Although there are numerous health and environmental benefits associated with using e-scooters, you shouldn’t overlook the safety aspects.
In terms of the actual riding of e-scooters, this is relatively straightforward. When you get on board, climb on with your stronger foot, you will be able to place your other foot on board as you set off. All electric scooters have brakes, so to stop, you will need to press the handle, or electric brake which is located on the handlebars. To get off, make sure you slowly press the brake, and then gently place one foot on the ground to dismount.
This guide discusses some important electric scooter safety tips for beginners to help you get started and keep you safe, allowing you to feel comfortable using your e-scooter.
How to ride your e-scooter safely
When riding an e-scooter, it is important to follow the necessary safety precautions in order to keep yourself and others around you safe. And by adhering to the following safety tips, you will enhance your experience of riding your e-scooter. Before hoping on the back a scooter, you should make a checklist of all the core features so you know how to correctly control it.
Get a helmet – First things first, grab a helmet. If you were riding a regular bike, you would do the same thing. Regardless of the distance or the timeframe you intend to use your e-scooter for, having a helmet is vital. A CPSC-certified bike helmet should be the bare minimum, however, if you are travelling at higher speeds, you may want something more secure and durable. However, safety isn’t just restricted to helmets, it also expands to your choice of clothing. Perhaps you may consider full protective gear, which may include elbow and knee pads.
Check the tyre pressure of your scooter – Make sure you look at the tread depth of the tyres. They should be pumped up, but not over inflated. If they feel too soft or squishy, then they will need inflating. One of the best ways to work this out is to squeeze the tyres with your thumb and forefinger.
Also, don’t forget to check that the brakes are properly adjusted, and of course, if adjustable, make sure the handlebar is set at the right height for you. If you need any repairs, maintenance work, or if you would like an expert to service your electric scooter, Skootz offer repairs and services at their Edinburgh and Glasgow stores.
Look out for potholes – This one might appear to be common sense. If you were in a car, you would probably try and lightly swerve away from potholes if safe to do so, as potholes can ruin the tyre pressure. The same principle applies to electric scooters. Some e-scooters may not handle vibrations well, especially if you go over a pothole, so always be wary of uneven terrain while out and about.
Finding your perfect electric scooter
Now that you know how to ride an electric scooter in a safe manner, you may be wondering where to purchase one from. Skootz are electric scooter specialists, and you will be in safe hands if you shop with us. We stock all the latest models to suit style and budgetary preferences, including the Aovo Pro 2 and the Protron Pro3. We know how important it is to find the best e-scooter for you.
With stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh, we are very easy to find. However, if you don’t live near one of our shops, we also offer free 48 hour UK delivery on all of our electric scooters. If you want to learn more about e-scooters or if you have a question, then don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or email us. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you.