Riding a scooter can be an excellent way to get around town. However, as with all other means of transportation, safety should be a priority. So, whether you commute to work using a kids electric scooter, or just use it for leisure purposes, here are some important safety tips to bear in mind:
It is All About The Helmet
It goes without saying that the helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment. Head injuries can be brutal and can happen from the smallest of falls or collisions. That is why in some states, wearing a helmet is mandatory. But even if it is not, you will want to get ahead of it and buy the right helmet. There are numerous helmets in the market with varying designs. Ensure that you pick a shape and size that fits your head for the best protection.
Protect Your Hands, Elbows and Knees
It sounds obvious, but these regions are the first to hit the ground when you fall off a scooter. Pads for hands, knees, and elbows are easily available as slip-ons and you can easily put them in your backpack or purse when not in use. Yes, we are aware of one more area that usually hits the ground, but it often comes with its own padding. Paddings also vary, so ensure you get the right fit for you.
Shoes are not just for fashion, they also play a pivotal role in safety. Shoes protect your feet from stray wheels and an array of random things on the ground that could bruise, cut, or poke you. The best shoes to wear when riding a scooter closed-toed, have a thick sole, and have some kind of support in the ankle. If they happen to look appealing, well that’s a bonus. It is amazing how many people we see scooting in flimsy sandals, flip flops, and ubiquitous plastic shoes. Reduce the chances of an accident by wearing the right shoes.
Size is Important
Not all scooters are created equal and so, you’ll want to check the weight and height restrictions or suggestions of the scooter you are looking to purchase. This helps ensure you are getting the right scooter. Scooter manufacturers tend to provide safety suggestions based on your age, assuming that people of a particular age group will have similar weight and height. However, do not stick to those recommendations, and instead, do your homework to ensure you get the right scooter size.
There is Safety in Numbers
The more the merrier when it comes to scooting around. Whenever possible, join people who are scooting like you. This is not only a fun way to know people and have some fun, but it also makes you much more visible to other vehicles. Also, a pack tends to look out for its own.
Learn to Stop in an Instant
Stopping on a dime not only sounds cool, but it is a vital part of scooter safety. Before you start scooting around in areas with heavy traffic, you’ll want to ensure you have the ability to make quick turns, avoid older people or individuals carrying heavy bags on the sidewalks, and even how to stop in an instant. This is a learning process, so start slow and practice in a driveway or a parking lot before doing it in the real world.