The popularity of electric scooters has skyrocketed during the last several years. A growing number of people, from children to teens and even adults, use electric scooters for both leisure and traveling. While they’re certainly fun to ride, scooters may also pose a threat to their users. Listed below are a couple of electric scooter safety tips every user must know.
1. Eyes on the road, people.
It is one of the most common suggestions, but undoubtedly the most important one. You have limited suspension on an e-scooter and should not be distracted by your phone or other gadgets. The speed limit should be maintained for your safety, as well as that of others around you. Make sure you’re conscious of other riders on the road, too—the last thing we need is a pileup when someone is chatting away while they ride. Wear all protective gear, at all times. This includes helmets and knee pads (if you can find them). Check local laws before hitting the streets with an electric scooter: Some cities allow them in bike lanes but not sidewalks; others require them to stay off sidewalks entirely! Be aware of these rules before heading out into traffic—it could mean life or death!
2. Wear a helmet. ALWAYS!
Wearing a helmet is the most important safety feature on an e-scooter in order to protect yourself from injuries if you fall off your scooter.
A bicycle helmet that meets the ASTM standard can reduce the risk of head injuries by up to 88 percent, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). You should always wear one while riding and make sure that your passengers also wear one. But not all helmets are created equal — you should choose one that matches your needs and lifestyle.
3. Keep speed limits in mind.
There are a number of reasons why speed limits exist. The most obvious is to ensure safety, as driving too fast can be dangerous not only for you but also for other drivers on the road. You should always try to behave in a safe manner when operating your e-scooter, even if this means driving at or below the speed limit.
Also, keep in mind that many US states have specific laws regarding how fast e-scooters can go. For example, Washington State has set its maximum speed limit for Class 1 electric personal assistive mobility devices (EPAMDs) at 15 mph; however, there are some exceptions for roads with lower limits or when traveling downhill.
4. Inspect your scooter before riding it.
This is the most obvious tip on this list, but it’s also the most important. You should always do a quick inspection of your e-scooter before getting on and riding it. This means checking for any cracks or breaks in the frame, as well as checking if anything feels loose or unstable (like if there are any loose screws). Check that all tires are fully inflated and check that all lights are working properly. Make sure that all brake cables are connected securely at both ends, and check whether they can be easily reached while riding so you can stop quickly if needed. Lastly, inspect the battery charge level to make sure it’s high enough for what you plan to use it for today—you don’t want to get stuck with a dead battery halfway through your commute!
5. You should take care when riding an e-scooter, and make sure you don’t ride too fast or risk injuries to yourself and others
When riding an e-scooter, you should always be mindful of your safety and the safety of others. You should not operate an e-scooter at speeds that are unsafe for the streets or other areas where you ride the scooter. A common misconception is that it is safe to drive an e-scooter with no helmet on and without wearing any other protective gear. However, this is not true because riding without a helmet can cause serious injuries if you fall off the scooter and hit your head on the road or pavement below while going fast.
Thank you for reading our e-scooter safety tips. We hope they’ve helped you to be more informed and prepared when riding an e-scooter. If you want to learn more about scooters and other types of vehicles, check out our blog posts!