With the investment that comes with purchasing a hoverboard, there is also an investment in learning the safety precautions associated with owning one. While the Facebook fail videos tend to produce a chuckle, at the end of the day safety should be the number one goal in hoverboard use. Children and adults alike should take the time to learn tips and tricks on how to safely ride the cool new transportation sensation that is sweeping the nation.
So, how exactly does one safely ride a hoverboard? Read on for the answers!
Just like when you ride a bike, riding a hoverboard requires the right gear. Helmets, kneepads, wrist guards, elbow pads, and other safety gear will help you avoid a trip to the Emergency Room as you master the hoverboard. Wrist guards are especially useful because most riders reflexively use their hands to stop their fall, increasing likelihood of injury to their wrists. At the minimum, a helmet should be worn, no matter the riders age.
Remember those funny fail videos of first time hoverboard users? One of the reasons they faceplant on the first try is due to how they try to get on the board itself. To get on the hoverboard, you’ll want to step forward with one foot in the middle. Then adopt a wide stance, placing your feet on both foot pads. Keep yourself centered.
To dismount, do the opposite. If you step forward, the hoverboard will go forward as well. This is a surefire way to trip yourself. Instead, go backwards, just like you would with a ladder. This helps prevent accidents when getting off the board.
Take Care of It
Maintaining proper upkeep and care of a hoverboard not only increases its longevity, but also makes it safer. One of the common mistakes is to leave your board charging overnight. Hoverboards are not cell phones. Unlike cell phones, overcharging can lead to the board catching on fire or even exploding. The board only takes 2 – 4 hours to fully charge. Respect this. If you aren’t certain how long to charge it, refer to the manufacturer’s instruction and follow them.
Don’t forget that as cool and futuristic as hoverboards are, they are not invincible. Taking your hoverboard through bumpy and rough terrain on a regular basis will greatly decrease the life of the board. Remember, you are gliding on the board, not off-roading.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Before hitting the open road, take the time to learn how your board works. Again, you had to learn how to ride a bike at some point, right? Same concept with a hoverboard. Practice mounting and dismounting, learn the correct posture and stance, and gain confidence in your hoverboard abilities.
You’ll fall a few times, but through practice and patience, you’ll master how to balance, accelerate, decelerate, and stop safely. Start slow until you are comfortable. Keep in mind hoverboards don’t have brakes the same way bikes do, so abrupt stops may send you flying. Avoid this through simply letting yourself become comfortable first before you speed up.
There are certainly more considerations to make when learning the ins and outs of a hoverboard. Sites like My Self Transport are great for finding the latest in hoverboard advice and connecting you to the hoverboard community.