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Did you know that head injuries account for 20% of all injuries related to traditional skateboarding? An electric skateboard can be just as dangerous as a traditional skateboard, and even more so if certain safety precautions aren’t taken.
Knowing what to do when on an electric skateboard, or what to wear, can go a long way in ensuring your safety, as well as the safety of those around you.
But if you’ve never had an electric skateboard, or just purchased one and aren’t sure how to stay safe while riding, you may have a few questions.
What kind of safety equipment do you need? How do you avoid injury early on while you’re still learning how to ride? And which areas are the safest to ride in?
If you’re asking yourself these kinds of questions, wonder no longer, because we’re here to help!
In this article, we’ll tell you about 7 electric skateboard safety tips that you should know and follow to ensure the safety of you and others around you.
Now then, let’s get started!
1. Wear Protective Equipment
Electric skateboards are awesome, and you’re no doubt going to look cool while riding one. But the idea that safety equipment is lame, or makes you look uncool, is 100% false and very dangerous.
The most important thing that you can do while riding an electric skateboard is to wear the right protective equipment. Because let’s be honest, you’re going to fall down a lot, especially early on. You need to be sure that you’re as protected as possible while riding, so you can avoid serious injury.
A helmet is a great place to start. But it’s also worth mentioning that a helmet is borderline useless if it doesn’t fit you properly. If your helmet is too loose, it will not protect you the way it should and could lead to serious injury, so keep that in mind and make sure you have a perfect fit when purchasing a helmet.
Elbow pads, knee pads, and other protective equipment are highly recommended as well. To make things even easier, there are bundles that come with everything you need, so you can get a set including all the right equipment in one purchase.
2. Practice, Practice, and Practice Some More
Just like everything in life, riding an electric skateboard is going to take hours of practice to get good at it. Like we said before, you’re going to fall down a lot, but if you want to get good, you’ll have to pick yourself back up and get back on the board.
The more that you practice, the better you’ll become, which will help prevent you from getting hurt in the future. It’s especially important to practice safely early on, meaning no crazy stunts or high speed riding until you’re comfortable on the board.
It may sound strange, but you’ll get more comfortable falling down over time, and learn how to fall properly without injuring yourself (as badly), which is a useful skill to have when riding an electric skateboard.
3. Don’t Be Reckless
If you plan to ride in public, you’re going to get a lot of attention because of your electric skateboard. They’re still relatively new, so your friends and even some strangers are going to stop you to ask about your board.
You’re going to feel the pressure to show them how cool your board is, which can be dangerous, especially if you’re not comfortable or aren’t an experienced rider. Don’t let the peer pressure from your friends, or even strangers, convince you to do something that could lead to serious injury.
You want to ensure that you’ve mastered the basics of simply riding the board before attempting any tricks. Failure to do so could cause harm to you and your board.
Also, music apps aren’t just bad for your phone’s battery life. Jamming out to your favorite tunes, especially loudly, can affect your hearing and thus prevent you from hearing incoming cars or other things you need to be able to hear to avoid.
If you’re going to listen to music while riding, do so at a low volume, so you can still hear your surrounding clearly. This is especially important if you’re going to be riding in areas with any traffic, whether it be vehicular or pedestrian.
4. Stay Away From Heavy Traffic Areas
It’s important to avoid areas with heavy traffic while riding your board, such as major roads and intersections. Cars are a rider’s worst enemy, which is why it’s wise to avoid those areas, choosing instead to ride somewhere that you know you won’t have to watch out for cars as much, or at all.
Roads with high levels of traffic aren’t the only areas you should look to avoid, either. Areas that have heavy foot traffic, or even other skaters or bikers, should be avoided too, especially early on.
Wrecking into a stopped car is one thing, but running into another person can seriously injure both of you, which is one of the worst things that can happen while you’re riding your board.
That’s why it’s a good idea to skate in empty parking lots or areas with tons of open space and no hazards when first getting adjusted to the board. Once you’ve gotten comfortable, you can skate in areas with more traffic, but areas that are flooded with cars or masses of people should always be avoided.
5. Maintenance Your Board Regularly
Electric skateboards are more complicated than regular skateboards and require more routine maintenance as a result. Understanding how to perform routine maintenance on your electric skateboard, and what exactly needs to be done, isn’t that complicated and can be learned rather easily.
With that being said, it’s important to take the time needed to maintain your skateboard and confirm often that everything is working properly. Failure to do so could lead to your board malfunctioning, and if it happens while you’re riding, can be extremely dangerous for you and others around you.
6. Don’t Let Inexperienced Riders Use Your Board
Everyone, including strangers, are going to ask to ride your board. Now, what you decide to do with your board is your decision, but it’s a good idea to not let any inexperienced riders ride your board at all.
If someone gets hurt riding your board, you can find yourself in a legal situation that you don’t want to be in. That’s why it’s wise to not let anyone you don’t know and trust ride your board.
And if you do decide to let someone you trust ride your board, and they’ve never ridden an electric skateboard before, be sure to keep it on a low setting and confirm that they’re not going to ride off too far. Also, don’t let them ride in an area with lots of people or cars around, because as we stated earlier, that can be dangerous to them as well as others.
Again, this is a risk that probably isn’t worth taking, as they can wreck and damage your board and seriously injure themselves (and others) in the process.
7. Follow the Law
Did you know that it’s technically illegal to ride any kind of skateboard in the state of Florida without a proper skateboard license? Sure, this law isn’t always heavily enforced, but it is a real law, and others like it exist all around the world.
That’s why it’s important to know all the laws and rules in your area pertaining to skateboarding, so if you’re riding in a public place, you know what you can and cannot do legally.
Obviously, understanding your rights and what the law says you can and cannot do is useful in the case of an interaction with a police officer. But it’s also worth noting that, if a law says you can’t ride somewhere specific, following that law is a good idea and a great way to stay safe (and out of trouble).
Use These Tips to Stay Safe on Your Electric Skateboard
Well, there you have it! These are 7 electric skateboard safety tips that you, and anyone you may let ride your board, should follow.
Remember, it’s important to practice a lot, especially early on. Wearing the right safety equipment to prevent injury if and when you fall is a must, too.
Also, do your best to avoid areas with heavy traffic. That means busy roads containing heavy vehicular traffic and parks and walkways that have a high amount of foot traffic.
Maintaining your board, following any laws pertaining to skateboarding, and not riding recklessly are all habits worth practicing as well, as they will keep you out of trouble.
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