Since the invention of electric scooters, people have been going crazy with these exciting new and innovative modes of transport, and recreational toys. But these are not just any type of toy, some come in an electric model while others come in a manual. The majority of the older crown use the electric versions as they help them get from point A to point B much quicker than walking or even using their bicycles.
In some cities, high peak traffic means you have to sit in your car and move a few kilometers an hour, and with bumper to bumper cars everywhere, people are finding an alternative solution one of which is these scooters. One of the main reasons it was invented was to curb the use of cars which resulted in less air pollution.
Even though we may think they were just invented, we couldn’t be farther from the truth. These eco-friendly modes of transport have been around since 1896, when the first one was observed at the “Cycle Show” in London, England. Click here to find out more. This one was created by a bicycle manufacturer names “Humber” and was called an e-bike, that was powered by batteries. Fast forward a few years later and at the dawn of the early 19th century the “Autoped” took over society and the best was history.
Having a scooter is one of the best things you can do to curb pollution and be as eco-friendly as you can. However, these are not something to be toying around with, and there are a few safety tips than one should abide by, to stay away from getting hit by other bigger moving vehicles or pedestrians. We look at a few of the important ones below.
Safety Tips When You First Take Your Scooter Out for Ride
Some cities yet have to secure properly bicycle lanes for these type of scooter users, some allow riders to use the main streets while others allow them to be used on side-walks, however, to maintain the safety of your and others persons, and getting a fine, stick to the below rules as often as you can.
Use Bike Lanes as Much as Possible
As much as you can, try and use bike lanes, but be wary of those using it on their cycles as well. It will keep you from being in cars and people’s way and keep you to one side of the street at all times. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting from home to your work or exploring the city as a tourist or a newbie, using the bike lane will keep you confined to the boundaries of the city, and if you’re not sure where you are going, Google Maps: https://www.wired.com/2010/03/google-maps-for-bikes/ has added bike lanes as an option to indicate where they are in any region.
Headphones Aren’t A Necessity
When on the road, especially when you are so exposed to the public around you, you should leave the headphones alone. Hearing music while on your scooter can help drown out the noise of the hustle and bustle of cars and make you feel amazing, but it will also block out any cars hooting at you or people shouting warning signs as well.
These markers are needed to be paid attention to and when we ignore them it could lead to fatal instances. Focus on your surroundings first, especially while cruising down the road, then once you stop, you can turn on your music. For the sake of yours and everyone else’s safety.
Always Wear A Helmet
No matter what you are riding; bicycles or electric scooters, you should always wear a helmet. Wearing one of these is possible the most proactive things you can do and will save your head in case of an accident or fall. The modern designs of helmets have been progressing towards a more comfortable line and sturdier options too. This is one thing you should never leave home without.
Always follow the Rules
No matter where you are, make sure you always follow the traffic rules and the flow of the traffic. Done ride against the cars but rather with them, so that the drivers can see you. The electric scooters would fall under the same rules as vehicles in most countries.
Make sure you stop when need to, you indicate left and right turns when need to, yield to pedestrians and abide by the speed limits.
We hope this simple guide helps you along the way.
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