Tips on basic riding and handling.
Handling Best Practices
- Ride the electric scooter like a motorized skateboard with a handle.
- Get familiar with the sensitivity of your electric scooter’s acceleration and brakes.
- Do not grab, lean and pull on the handlebar. This will damage your folding mechanism.
- Practice emergency braking.
- Be ready to engage your brakes anytime.
- Always do basic maintenance – general, tires, brakes, and battery.
- Use your scooter as intended - never ride it like an off-road machine.
- Be smart, ride defensively.
- Do not drink and ride.
- Do not text, check your mobile phone, or use your display while in motion.
- Do not jump off of curbs or do stunts.
- Use counter steering maneuvers.
- Lean your body with the electric scooter as your turn.
- Use motorcycle cornering techniques – brake before a turn, release, then accelerate through the turn.
- Use the handlebar to turn the front wheel only. The tires are small, so steering with it alone is not sufficient.
- Use your feet and body weight to steer your electric scooter.
- Keep a low stance and bend your knees slightly when going over obstacles.
- Stand near the back of the deck.
- Do not stand with your feet parallel to the deck.
- Use “skateboard” style positioning for your feet.
- Lean back when braking.
- Ride defensively. You are the smallest vehicle in traffic.
- Don’t go at full speed unless you are very familiar with the terrain.
- Watch for anything that can make your front tires slip – gravel, grass, pebbles, wet spots, uneven road surfaces, etc.
- Safety over speed.
- Electric scooters look like toys, but when used for public transportation they’re like any other vehicle. Treat them as such.
- Follow local traffic laws. Make use of the bike lane or sidewalks.
- “Dress for the slide, not for the ride” - Wear a helmet!