Scooters are being used by people of all ages now. Not only are scooters being utilized as modes of transportation, but they are also a fun activity for kids and grownups alike. Scooters have even reached competition level riding. Incorporating tricks and freestyle riding can involve some pretty hard moves which can lead to an emergency room visit if you’re not taking scooter safety seriously. The following is a guide to scooter safety. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Riding Surfaces & Speed
It’s always important to check out the riding surfaces when riding your scooter, especially if you’re going to try doing some tricks. It should go without saying that you should only ride when weather conditions are favorable; don’t ride in the rain or when riding areas are frozen. The ideal conditions for riding your scooter is when it is dry and on dry, even pavement. Try to steer clear of puddles, ice, cracks, pot holes, or anything that could make your front tire suddenly stop. This could lead to you being thrown over the handlebars!
Another thing you need to be aware of is the slope of the road. For beginners, especially, this can be dangerous when you’re not used to the speed or use of brakes. Hills and speed can be a lot of fun, but make sure you’re always under control. As you become more and more experienced as a rider, the faster you will be comfortable going. It’s still essential to stay aware of how fast you’re going and to maintain safe speeds at all times. Be sure that whatever speed you are going that you are still able to stop and turn as needed.
Riding Posture & Technique
Be sure to maintain good riding posture with a solid stance. Stand straight with your weight evenly distributed on the foot plate. Avoid standing too far forward. This can throw your balance off, increasing the risk of your being thrown forward if your front wheel stops suddenly.
Don’t ride sideways skateboard-style, unless doing a specific trick that needs this type of stance. This technique is a not a good habit to make and should be avoided. You aren’t riding a skateboard; you’re riding a scooter. It calls for a different stance.
Never try to ride with more than one person on your scooter. They are designed for only one person to use at a time. Riding with more can be dangerous and cause an accident.
Always make sure your scooter is in optimal riding condition, which helps to ensure your scooter safety as well. Even when buying top brand names, parts don’t last forever. All scooters should have routine checks for signs of wear and breakage, no matter their brand. Make sure to keep a check on your wheels and brakes for signs of wearing down. If your tires are inflatable, make sure they are inflated properly. Test the brakes, making sure they are in top working condition. Also make sure to check on locking mechanisms, clamps, and levers to be sure they are all secure and tightened properly.
Scooter safety begins with having your scooter in top condition and ready to ride at all times.Test the brakes, making sure they are in top working condition. Also make sure to check on locking mechanisms, clamps, and levers to be sure they are all secure and tightened properly. Scooter safety begins with having your scooter in top condition and ready to ride at all times.
Always make sure to wear a well-fitting helmet that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines.
Knee, elbow, and wrist pads
You can use pads made for inline skaters. Gloves can be substituted for wrist pads.
Make sure to wear sturdy shoes, tough, but comfortable. Sneakers work well. Don’t wear sandals!
It’s better to wear clothing made out of thick material for helping to avoid cuts and scraps.
When you want to get serious about riding your scooter, you need to get serious about the safety part of riding first. Putting safety first can help you avoid possibly getting injured. Riding your scooter, doing tricks, and doing freestyle can all be fun as well as safe as long as your remain aware of these safety precautions. Be sure to check your scooter over each time you ride and wear the appropriate protective gear. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Have fun and be safe!