Scooter Kind of Life
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Scooter Kind of Life Riding electric scooters is a lot of fun.

But they aren't toys, and if not operated with care they can be dangerous. For this reason - and because our lawyers made us - we compiled a list of safety measures and precautions that would ensure all parties are at ease.

Please carefully review the list below and pass it on to other drivers for an enjoyable scooter kind of life.
The single most important safety item that you can do to avoid accident or injury is to be an alert rider. Being alert means that while you are riding, you should not focus on talking to someone, but should be watching the road or environment in order to avoid potholes, pedestrians, other riders, etc. If you stay alert, you can avoid many of the common causes of injury.

The next most important safety tip is to ride safely. Obviously engaging in risky riding behavior can increase your chances of getting in an accident or of getting hurt. Riders that attempt to do tricks or to go over dangerous terrain are more likely to get injured than other riders all things being equal. If you are a parent, you should also be sure that your child can handle riding an electric scooter and is familiar with the safety tips. If a child is not ready or capable of riding an electric or motorized scooter, then this can be classified as risky behavior. Also, make sure that the scooter that you have selected is appropriate for your child's abilities.

Another preventive safety procedure deals with riding habits and visibility. Make sure that when you are riding that you obey all applicable traffic rules and regulations. Often, if you do something that drivers or pedestrians do no expect on an electric scooter, you can get into trouble. Also be sure to wear visible clothing so that other riders and drivers can see you and adjust their driving style accordingly. Moreover, do not ride your scooter at night. Most electric scooter do not come with lights and reflectors that would equip the scooter for night driving. If cars do not see you, you may be in danger of being hit.

The final type of preventive safety that you can do is to make sure that the scooter is in working order. A scooter that is functioning according to specification will generally be easier to control. Moreover, keeping your scooter adequately maintained can reduce the chances of injury and can provide you with a better riding experience. Make sure the tires are pumped up and avoid all sharp objects that might damage the tires.

Protective Equipment for Your Scooter

DOT Approved Helmet: The helmet is essential for the safe electric scooter rider. The helmet protects a rider against the worst kind of injury, an injury to the head. In many accidents, the use of a helmet has been the difference between life and death for a number of riders. Helmets protect against collision type accidents where an electric scooter rider collides with a car, truck or standing object. The helmet helps to cushion the blow. Helmets can also be helpful when riders are thrown from the electric scooter. Helmets are usually made out of some type of plastic. Ideally, the helmet should be strapped on so that it will not fall off.

Appropriate Clothing: The main purpose of appropriate clothing is to provide the rider with a form of protection against rashes or scrapes. Ideally, thicker and more durable clothing is considered the most appropriate for riding scooters.

Gloves: These are optional, but often help to reduce scrapes and rashes. If you elect to use gloves, be sure not to select gloves that are too thick as those may impede your ability to steer or to navigate the electric scooter.

Wrist Pads: Wrist pads can be helpful to prevent falling on the hands. They basically help to soften the impact and prevent broken or sprained wrists in the event of collision or fall.

Knee Pads: Similar to wrist guards, knee pads protect the knees and prevent knee scrapes and more serious injury in the event of a fall.

Elbow Pads: Elbow pads protect key areas that a rider will typically fall on.

Shoes: Selecting the right shoe is important when riding a scooter. Wearing shoes that are slippery or that lack appropriate threads make it difficult to stay on the electric scooter. Skateboard shoes can help since some of the same positions used on a skateboard are used to stay on the scooter. However, unlike the skateboard, the scooter's handlebars guarantee an easier and much more comfortable ride.

Check out State DOT for more information on safety laws in your state.

A Scooter is a Vehicle: Drive Carefully

Scooters are wheeled vehicles. Riding a wheeled vehicle contains certain inherent risks.

Wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet at all times when riding an electric scooter. Be sure to always keep the chinstrap securely buckled. Failure to wear an approved helmet may result in serious injury or death.

For electric scooters, wet weather impairs traction, braking, and visibility. The risk of accident is dramatically increased in wet conditions.

Riding at dusk, after dark, or at times of poor visibility is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death since cars and other vehicles may not see an electric scooter rider. An electric scooter rider may not be able to see obstacles in the path after dark.

Failure to properly maintain the electric scooter may compromise steering action, which could cause you to lose control and fall. Falling can cause serious injury or even death. Push up and down on the handlebar to make sure that the lever is tight.

Many scooter-related injuries and accidents involve children under the age of eight. Scooters can travel very quickly, and children that age do not always have the judgement or coordination to handle these high speeds. We do not recommend electric scooters to anyone under 18 years of age.