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If you’ve just purchased an electric scooter, it was probably a big decision and one we hope you’ll quickly realise was a great decision. But whatever scooter you intend to ride, we strongly advise you ride it safely, not only for your own safety and of those around you, but to help maintain you scooter in good, reliable condition.
Adult electric scooters aren’t toys. They can be powerful micro machines, and some can travel extremely fast. So, it’s important you learn to ride yours properly and take time to discover how it handles and its capabilities. Guaranteed, it won’t take you long before you’re cruising around looking for the next excuse to take a ride.
Before you use your scooter, check everything is working correctly. Different scooters have different types of brakes so firstly familiarise yourself with your specific brakes. Do the brakes work? Keep an eye on brakes as they will wear after time. Does the LCD display show all the correct information? Are your tyres inflated to the correct pressure and if your scooter has front and rear lights, are they working? And check for any lose bolts or screws or cables hanging out of place.
Now your scooter is set up correctly there are a few things to always remember before and while you ride:
Helmet: We strongly recommend you wear a helmet on every journey. They are a proven life saver even when travelling at low speed and buying a quality crash helmet is a small price to pay. Think about wearing suitable gloves for better grip on the handlebars as well as keeping warm in winter and perhaps consider knee pads.
Footwear: Don’t wear lose fitting shoes like sandals or flip flops. A good pair flat shoes or trainers are always ideal with a grippy sole.
Look ahead: Obvious though it sounds, always look ahead. It’s easy to become distracted while riding an electric scooter but always keep your eyes in the direction of travel while being mindful of your surroundings.
Listen out: And to help being aware of what’s around you, don’t listen to your headphones while riding. Remember, other electric vehicles around today don’t necessarily make much of a sound and are hard to hear when perhaps coming up behind you.
No phones: As well as looking ahead and not listening to headphones – avoid using your phone too. Always be aware.
Get yourself seen: If you intend riding in the dark or in low light conditions, wear something bright and visible like reflective clothing. If your scooter hasn’t got lights, make sure you fit some. And even if your scooter does have lights, it never hurts to add more, like extra front lights or clip on red rear lights. Flashing lights are particularly noticeable.
Know your scooter: Be familiar with your scooter and its functions. Make sure you understand the control unit and display. These sometimes have symbols which can light up to draw your attention to a potential fault with your scooter which could affect its immediate safety.
Be sensible: When accelerating, don’t pull on the handlebars. And equally when braking, don’t force yourself forwards on the handlebars. Instead lean your body back slightly to assist braking. And always try to stand in the centre of the deck for even weight distribution of your scooter which can help its handling and the comfort of your ride.
Be nice to your scooter: And once you’ve ridden your scooter, try to remember to give it a clean now and again. Look after it and it will look after you. Clean away any dirt or debris with a cloth or toothbrush especially around the deck area.
Battery maintenance and care:
Always keep your battery charged when not in use. Don’t let the battery stay empty of charge when not in use
Store your scooter at room temperature. Prolonged heat or cold can damage the battery and reduce its abilities.
If your battery doesn’t appear to be working correctly, run the battery down until completely flat. Then perform a full charge back to full power. This can fix small problems as it acts similar to a computer reboot. You may have to do this a couple of times to achieve a result.
Avoid riding your scooter in wet conditions and remove any excess water with a towel straight after use.
Finally, only use the charger which was supplied with your scooter. A different charger, though it may look the same, can overcharge a batter and cause it to blow.
Scooters can be so much fun. And as long as you ride safely and with care while keeping a regular eye on maintaining your scooter, it will save you time and money too.