So you are about to buy a new scooter or perhaps bought one already and before embarking on your first journey, you’re wondering how safe these things actually are? Let’s get into it.
Should you were a helmet/paddings
Should you? Yes, you should for obvious logical reasons, but you will look like one of the biggest dorks when riding it with helmet and padding as a grown adult. Depends on how much of a thick skin you have, because people will make comments.
For electric scooters that can go well above 20mph, it probably is not worth the risk to try to look badass, but for slower electric scooters around 10-15 mph range, getting into accidents is less likely as long as you follow some common sense and don’t drive recklessly.
Frame Structure and Stability
Sensitivity & Stability
This is one of the big weaknesses with electric scooters. Compared with bikes and motorcycles, the wheels are a lot smaller and the handles are short, thus making it much more sensitive to any change in direction.
For smaller and portable electric scooter with small wheels you are more likely to face stability issues. If you prefer stability and a smoother ride, it’s recommended to get bigger scooters.
Make sure to inspect the frame structure from time to time and have proper maintenance. A loose screw that holds together the neck, when fails, will be quite dangerous, so make sure the neck is always properly tightened and secure.
Depending on the type of scooter you have, some have electric brakes and some have manual breaks. If have electric bakes, always check whether the wires are properly connected and that it’s not damaged. For manual breaks, you will have to tighten it from time to time and make sure.
How Fast Is Too Fast
Anything above 15mph (30kph) can be considered on the faster side. If you go above that you are more likely to sustain serious injuries if you happen to lose control or hit something. For safety reasons, optimal speeds are around ~20kp (10mph)
Should You Let Kids Ride Electric Scooters
For kids under the age of 18, it’s probably not the best idea to let them ride electric scooters, especially if the happen to be commute scooters that go at relatively higher speeds.
Most kids and teens will lack the emotional maturity needed to drive safely. Perhaps you can have them ride around the park or in the backyard for fun, but allowing them to commute is a no no.
Maintain Proper Fitness
While it may offend some people, let me just say, electric scooters are not for fat and overweight people. It does require some agility, flexibility, and quick reaction to avoid minor accidents. On more congested sidewalks and roads, weaving through people is an issue and if you are not careful you run the risk of hitting pedestrians.
Overall, if you are going to be riding electric scooters, have some common sense, be reasonably in shape, and avoid riding at high speeds and congested path.