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Safety Tips For Using Segway Scooters

Segway scooters are a popular type of personal transportation nowadays. Also known as hoverboards and hands-free scooters, the battery-powered boards are controlled by sensors that respond to shifts in weight distribution. For example, leaning forward will propel a scooter forward, while pushing the right foot forward will send it to the right. Learning to control the board takes practice, but almost anyone can master it. The following are some safety tips to keep in mind as you develop your skills.

First of all, calibrate the board before you start using it, and check it regularly for any signs of vibration that could indicate that the calibration is off. Calibrate a hands-free scooter by placing it on a flat and level surface. Turn off the power and when the board is completely powered down, push the power button again and hold it for five seconds. Wait for thirty seconds after the lights start flashing and then shut it off again to complete the calibration.

It’s also important to protect yourself with head and body gear, just as you would with a bicycle or skateboard. Helmets are the most important piece of safety equipment because they decrease the risk of head injury significantly. Knee pads and wrist pads are also recommended to reduce injuries from falls, which tend to happen frequently with beginners.

When you’re ready to start practicing, find a safe place with no traffic and a minimum of obstacles. An empty driveway or carport is an ideal first practice space, and an empty parking lot is a good place when you’re ready to venture further afield. But don’t be in a hurry to take to the sidewalk; wait until you’re confident in your stopping, starting, and swerving skills before you get anywhere near moving vehicles.

As you’re learning to ride the board, there are a couple of beginner’s mistakes to avoid. First of all, you’ll need to fight a tendency to look down at your feet. Keep your eyes on the road ahead, and you’ll have far more control of your balance than if you’re looking down. Another common mistake is stepping forward to dismount. Any forward motion on the rider’s part propels the board forward.

Following these tips can help you survive the learning curve as you practice riding your hands-free scooter. If you stick with it, you’ll be doing figure 8s and other fancy moves in no time.