Electric scooters are relatively easy to ride, even for an absolute beginner. This is largely due to the position the rider assumes while riding. First, the upright position, which is natural for most adults, provides a sense of security. Second, the proximity to the ground (most scooter platforms are 10 cm from the ground) means that the user does not feel anything unusual. Third, activating the throttle is as simple as moving your thumb. Doing so starts the scooter moving, making it easier to maintain your balance.
Riding an electric scooter is not much different from riding a bicycle. In general, if you have never ridden a scooter, but you have ridden a bicycle, you can assume that you will know how to ride it in the first 5 or 10 minutes. It may take an hour or two of actual driving to feel very safe and comfortable. At this point, riding is pure and simple fun.
People who have never ridden an e-scooter, or a bicycle, should be able to handle it in a day or two. Riding a scooter is different from riding a bike. As is the case with any activity, the more you practice, the better you will get at it. The same applies to electric scooters.
Practical points for beginners.
- To be extra safe, for the first few hours or days, try to stay away from crowded sidewalks, busy streets, and just about anything else you might bump into. The more you practice, the better you will feel the electric scooter and its handling ability.
- Once you move, the scooter will help you keep your balance. This is simple physics that makes you stand out from riding a bike, but don’t get a false sense of security, you can fall off an e-scooter quite easily, so be careful. The point to remember is to stay relatively still.
- While riding, if at any time you are not sure how to handle an obstacle in front of you, simply get off the scooter. It could be a big obstacle that you’re not sure if the scooter can handle, a group of pedestrians that can suddenly get in the way, cyclists approaching from the opposite direction, anything really. Take it easy, jump off the scooter, you can continue your journey in a short time after the obstacle has been removed.
How to ride an e-scooter?
- Locate the power button (do this before you even step on the scooter).
- Start the scooter.
- Put both of your hands on the handlebars.
- Locate the brake handle on the left and the throttle handle on the right.
- Place your right foot on the scooter deck, near the steering column. Keep your left leg on the ground.
- Using your right thumb, press the throttle halfway down (don’t worry, the motor won’t turn on yet).
- Using your left foot, start pushing the electric scooter forward.
- As soon as it reaches the speed of about 2-3km/h, the motor will kick in and you will feel the scooter moving forward. ( Note: these speed values may vary slightly depending on the model of your e-scooter.)
- Place your left foot on the platform, just behind your right foot.
- Try to stay relatively still while driving.
- If you need to change your path/lane, always look behind you to make sure nothing is coming up behind you.
- Be very careful and enjoy the ride!
The best surface to mount
It is best to ride on a smooth surface, such as asphalt or concrete. Rocky roads or cobblestone paths are not comfortable and not safe.
Flat grass is fine, as long as the grass is smooth with no hidden ridges. If you’re not sure how flat the lawn is, don’t drive. If your front wheel gets caught in a hole, you will get hurt.
Safe driving tips
- Always wear safety gear, such as a helmet and reflective vest.
- Do not drive in rain or snow. Slippery conditions make it extremely easy to fall and hurt yourself.
- Watch out for the edges of the road. It is very easy to lose balance or puncture the tire if hit at higher speed.
- Never drive with one hand. The scooter is not a toy. It should never be operated with one hand.
- Never travel with other occupants. Most e-scooters have been designed for the exclusive use of a single rider.
Electric scooters are super fun and easy to ride. I have yet to find a person who has ridden one and not enjoyed it. Scooters are also very practical and ecological. Although there has been some discussion about these claims made by ride share companies involving porters driving around town picking up scooters. However, when you consider electric scooters that are privately owned, it is safe to say that they are actually eco-friendly.
There is no doubt that they will become even more popular around the world. So if you have never ridden an electric scooter, give it a try, I am sure you will love it!