The recent spike in popularity for electric skateboards is unsurprising due to the portability and convenience that electric skateboards provide users. College students now have a fun way to make the trek to class on time and commuters can skip heavy traffic and take a thrilling ride to work. The surge in interest among younger age groups has also sparked various concerns about the safety of electronic transportation devices. Many first time shoppers and parents want to know – are electric skateboards safe or dangerous? There are multiple factors that can make electric skateboards safe or dangerous, but here are the most common things to look for when practicing safe riding.
What makes electric skateboards safe?
First and foremost, electric skateboards should be manufactured with quality materials and thoroughly tested and certified by the manufacturer. Cheaply made products are inevitable with the recent rise in popularity of electric transportation devices. Make sure the product is UL 2272 certified to ensure that the “electrical drive train system and battery and charger system combinations” have been thoroughly tested.
Wearing Protective Safety Gear
Besides buying an electric skateboard from a reputable company, the rider should be well equipped with safety gear. When in doubt, there’s usually no such thing as “too much protection.” Riders should always wear:
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Non-slip shoes
It’s important to note that downhill skateboarders frequently also use “fullface” helmets that protect the entire head and face, as well as slide gloves for making sharp turns. Whatever you decide to wear for protection, make sure it doesn’t interfere with your electric skateboard remote control. You’ll definitely want to make sure that your protective gear still allows you to control the speed and brakes.
Practicing in a Safe Area
Before riding through heavily populated areas, learn how to comfortably speed up and slow down. Being comfortable with your remote, balance and stance on your skateboard will help you to steer clear of a dangerous scenario. To avoid putting yourself or others in a dangerous situation, make sure to abide by your local traffic laws.
Watching Your Speed
It’s easy to get carried away when you’re bombing down a hill. The experience is thrilling, but make sure you don’t push yourself or your electric skateboard. Balance is hard to maintain at high speeds and trying to suddenly stop can be challenging or dangerous. Therefore, practicing so you know what you’re capable of and wearing protective gear will help to keep you safe.
If you get one take away out of this article – never ride without a helmet. Check out this great informational article from LongboardingGuide.com on “How to Pick the Right Longboarding Helmet.”