Many cities around the world have seen an increase in the use of shared electric scooters. It’s a great way to get around for people that don’t own a car, or who are environmentally friendly. However, it’s important to remember that you are still traveling quickly when on an electric scooter. Therefore, accidents can happen. You need to remember to wear a helmet when riding a scooter, and never ride with headphones in. If possible, use the bike lane to stay separated from traffic. And finally, remember to follow the rules of the road as if you were a vehicle, not a pedestrian. Hopefully, you can use these tips to ride safely on electric scooters.
Safety Tips for Riding on Electric Scooters: Stay Safe on the Road
Wear a Helmet
One of the most important safety tips for electric scooters, and really any small personal vehicle, is to wear a helmet. While helmet wearing has become the norm for most bicyclists, it’s rare to see somebody on a scooter wearing one. However, accidents can still happen on a scooter. And skull fractures are an injury that hospitals commonly report from these accidents. Wearing a helmet might feel a little silly, but it’s important for protecting yourself in the event of a crash.
Take out Headphones
Another safety tip to keep in mind when riding electric scooters is to avoid using headphones. You need to be able to hear what’s going on around you whenever you’re traveling at a high rate of speed. If a car swerves or honks near you, you need to be able to avoid an accident. You’re traveling faster than pedestrians, so you also need to be able to hear them in order to keep everybody safe.
Use Bike Lane
If it’s available, use the bike lane when traveling on electric scooters. There are some areas where electric scooters may not be allowed on sidewalks. For example, in Charlotte, electric scooters are not allowed on sidewalks between Church and College Street in Uptown. Google maps have a feature that will allow you to view bike lanes in some areas.
Follow the Rules for Vehicles
Finally, always follow the rules of the road when you’re riding electric scooters. Pedestrians always still have the right of way. Follow all signs and light signals as well. Remember to always be aware of other drivers and riders on the road, and be courteous. Please remember not to park your scooter in an area where it might block the sidewalk or entrance into a building. And always ride when you are sober, alert, and free of distractions.
Electric scooters can be a great addition to urban cities that can cut down on traffic. However, they present their own set of safety concerns. If you’re riding on a scooter, remember to wear a helmet and remove your headphones. Use a bike lane when possible, and know if there are areas where sidewalk-riding is not allowed. Finally, always be aware while you’re riding and never ride in a dangerous or reckless way. Follow all rules of the road, and most importantly, yield to pedestrians. If you remember these safety tips, scootering can be a great economical, safe and fun way to travel to your destination!