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How to Safely Ride A Hoverboard

Our range of electric self-balancing hoverboards and scooters have been designed for all ages. However, we do recommend supervision when younger children use them. Below we have provided quick suggestions on how to safely ride a hoverboard:

To ensure all riders are protected, we recommend the use of personal safety equipment. Such as:

  • - Helmets or protective head wear
  • - Elbow pads & knee pads
  • - Footwear with sufficient grip

 

Do you ride a Hoverboard with the Lights in the front or back?

We recommend that you ride your hoverboard with the lights facing backwards as they will notify people behind you where you are turning. For example, if you are turning right you will have to press forward on the left paddle more, this will result in the light on your right paddle (facing people in the rear) to flash.

What you want to do is you want to put your right foot (or left, whichever is more comfortable) on the scooter. You’ve got to make sure of two things:

  1. Your foot is as close as possible to the wheel. A mistake we made when we first started was that our feet were not as wide as possible, and that makes riding the hoverboard A LOT harder.
  2. You keep the board “flat” (as in, level with the ground).

 




 

Now, once your right foot is on, just “step on” the scooter. If you overthink it, you will fall. Just step on it like you would on stairs.

Your first reaction will be to tense up, and this will cause you to wobble back and forth.

The best thing you can do is to look in front of you—not down—and relax. Just stand. Don’t think about moving yet, just loosen up and stand on the hoverboard.

Got it so far? Great.

 

 

Moving Around on the Hoverboard

Going in a straight line



 

Now, to move, the best way I can describe it is, just “think” of where you want to go.

As you probably already know, on a hoverboard, you lean in the direction you want to go. This may make you think you have to do more than you actually do to move.

It’s not as much leaning as it is slightly shifting your weight. If you lean too much, you WILL fall.

So, just try going forwards first.

Turning

Then, attempt a slight turn. This should come naturally, it’s almost like the scooter “knows” what you want to do. But, basically, you turn by “twisting forward” the foot that’s opposite your turning direction: say you wanna turn left, just push your right toe forward.

 

 

To attempt sharper turns, you may want to start “twisting back” the other foot too, that is pushing down the heel. When you’re an expert, you can literally spin in place like this.

Now try to go backwards, too.

 

The Best Way to Safely Ride A Hoverboard

Once you got these basic movements down, you should try to do laps, turning in one direction only (think Nascar circuit), until you get more and more comfortable.

When you feel comfortable enough, try to do one lap in one direction, and then another in the opposite direction.

Stepping Off the Hoverboard

To step off the hoverboard, you simply want to “reverse” what you did to get on. Try to shift your balance to your dominant foot, and then step off with your non-dominant foot. Sometimes you’ll have the instinct to sort of “jump off,” but try to resist it, and do a controlled dismount. You’ll avoid scratching your hoverboard, and possibly injuring yourself.

Bear in mind that stepping on and off your board is probably the hardest thing of the whole process and it’s what’s going to take you the longest to master. Practice just stepping on and off for a little while to get used to it.

From our how it works page you will notice that these hoverboards only accelerate once pressure is applied and the device is mounted. Therefore, we urge customers to board their hoverboards carefully and on even surfaces to begin with.

 

Hoverboard Speed

All Hoverboards have a speed limit to ensure maximum enjoyment without compromising on safety. Staying within the specified weight limit means riders can enjoy a safe and reliable experience.

Our smart scooters can support any driver up to 120kg.

Safely Ride a Hoverboard in Public Places

Please take time to check local and national laws regarding self-balancing board use in public areas. Some municipalities may prohibit the use of hoverboards on public roads and footpaths.

Charging Your Hoverboard

Please ensure a suitable charging socket is selected for recharging your hoverboard. The following safety advice should also be followed:

  • Use only the charger provided to charge your device
  • Do not charge your hoverboard in a wet environment