Why should you buy a self Balancing Scooter?
It might look a lot of fun on celebrities’ Instagrams, but are these gadgets really for you?
The answer is probably yes as the convenience and cost-effectiveness it offers something that everyone can benefit from.
If you still need reasons as to why a self-balancing scooter is a good buy, here are some of its major advantages.
RUNS ON BATTERIES:
There is no need to fill a tank or store gas. You just need batteries to run the scooter.
Store up on some batteries, and you have a virtually never-ending, never-stopping, fully dependable ride. As easy as that.
EASY TO NAVIGATE:
There is nothing complex in the way hoverboards are controlled.
All you have to is lean forward when you want to accelerate, and lean back when you want it to stop.
If you want to turn left or right, you just need to turn the right handlebar forward or backward.
These simple instructions are all you need to know before you jump aboard your new ride.
This is one of the most obvious advantages.
The design of these two wheel scooters is such that it is not bulky or heavy.
They have a light framework, which also allows you to carry them anywhere easily if you have to.
Hoverboards do not require heavy maintenance.
You just have to periodically check up on the batteries.
Everything else is pretty much-taken care of on its own.
PERFECT FOR URBAN LIVING:
Of course, you cannot forego your subway ride to the office or your two-hour drive to the hospital with this scooter.
But it is perfect for small errands like buying the groceries.
It is apt for distances of five to ten kilometers and can take a little extra load, so your trips to the supermarket just became a whole lot more fun.
While you are making a solid choice for yourself by choosing a two wheel scooter, you are also benefitting the environment. It is a win-win situation.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN MAKING A CHOICE
So now that you have decided that you are ready to buy a self balancing scooter, how do you choose one from the many available?
Before going to specific models and brands, it is first necessary to know what you are looking for.
The first thing to consider while comparing different hoverboards are the features.
Does one go faster than the other? Does one offer a more sophisticated and foolproof navigation system than the others?
Does one offer a hood in the front that offers better protection in case of an accident?
These and other features are some that you should look into.
More or less such features are visible when you look at the different scooters, and this is not a hard assessment to make.
The next thing you should think about is your need for the scooter. Ask yourself what you will really use it for.
Learn to differentiate your real needs from your imagined ones.
You might think that you will use it to ride to the gym that is six kilometers away, but you know that in reality, you’re never going to get up early in the morning.
But you might use it for your weekly grocery shopping. Find out your real motivation and with that in mind, filter through the choices.
Another thing that you should consider is appearance. Maybe one brand only offers the scooter in the basic colors of black and white.
Another brand offers blue and pink too. Here you need to choose what uniquely matters to you.
Does the idea of having a mini number plate make your pre-teen daughter’s day? Whichever looks best to you, narrow that down.
Finally, you must balance all the above criteria with the price. After all, every product should be worth the money you are paying for it.
You must balance money and features against one another. If one brand is offering a little something extra, but the price is double of the basic, it is not worth it.
If another one is asking for two hundred dollars extra but is offering you an essential feature, for example, a special child grip, then that is worth it for you if you have a kid.
Therefore, you must evaluate according to your needs and your budget.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SELF BALANCING SCOOTER USERS
Start with Safety Gear
You’ll need the following safety gear before you get on the board. Dr. Emily Dodwell, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, recommends a helmet, knee, elbow and wrist guards. If it’s your first time, use a spotter to help you.
Always ride in a well-lit area with plenty of room for error. It’s easy to run into people or other objects if you’re riding in a small or cluttered space.
Look carefully for sharp objects around you before you begin.
Manufacturing and shipping can affect calibration. To test yours, lift one wheel and press the foot pad with your hand.
Don’t stand on it yet! If the wheel spins and the hoverboard does not shake, it’s calibrated and you are ready to learn how to ride! If the wheel does not spin or the hoverboard shakes, follow these steps to calibrate it.
First, place the hoverboard on a flat, level surface. Turn the power off. Press and hold the power button until it beeps.
This takes about 5 seconds. When the lights flash, you are ready to ride! The procedure works for all brands.
Know how to step off
When you’re excited to try your new self balancing scooter, it’s easy to step on without even thinking about how you’ll get off.
Make a plan for stepping off the hoverboard before you start.
Step backward to get off the board. This isn’t intuitive, and most injuries happen when riders step forward and fall off the moving board.
It’s easy to lose control of the board when you step forward, and it can slip out from under you.
When you step backward, the board will stop automatically and you’ll land safely on your feet.
Turn the board on before you start. Some boards automatically turn off after a certain period of time, so double-check before starting. When the power is on, the board helps you balance.
Place one foot on the board. Lean your foot forward and backward to see how the new board responds.
Using a spotter to help, place your other foot on the board.
It’s normal to tense up as soon as you step on, but the board will be harder to balance. Instead, think of yourself walking up the stairs and relax.
Breathe, relax your shoulders, and just stand on the board. There’s no need to move yet.
Center your feet on the hoverboard with the widest possible stance. Placing your feet as close to the wheels as possible will improve your balance and control.
Keep your weight equal between your heels and toes to prevent the board from tipping to the front or back.
Good posture is essential. Don’t bend your knees, but avoid hyper-extending or locking them.
Tuck your hips directly under your spine and stand up straight. Activate your core while standing on the board.
Don’t look down!
Focus your gaze straight ahead, even while stepping on to the board. It’s tempting to look at your feet, especially when you’re concentrating on proper placement.
However, looking down at your feet throws off your posture and causes problems when the board moves.
Instead, look straight ahead at your intended target. Your body will naturally move with your eyes, and the hoverboard will glide along smoothly.
Riding the hoverboard
Lean forward slowly
Start by just thinking about moving forward. It’s natural to lean in the direction you want to go, and just a slight weight shift toward the front of the hoverboard will move it.
If the hoverboard isn’t moving yet, slowly and carefully lean forward until the hoverboard begins to move.
Don’t worry if you move in circles at first. The board will turn when you lean toward one side or the other, so finding the perfect balance to go straight takes a little practice.
Continue using a spotter until you get the hang of it.
To turn left, push your right toe forward slightly. Push forward with your left toe to turn right.
After a bit of practice, it will seem like the board knows where you want to go before you do!
For a sharper turn, pull back with the opposite foot just a little.
For example, if you want to make a sharp left turn, push forward with your right toe while pulling back your left toe. With practice, you’ll even be able to spin in place.
The hoverboard will move backward, too. Make sure the space behind you is clear. Lean back just a little.
The board will move in the direction you lean. Remember, just a slight shift in weight is all it takes to move the board.
Experts recommend practicing in laps, so you only turn one way at first.
When you feel comfortable, try practicing a lap in one direction and the next one in the opposite direction.
Stand straight up and down until the board slows and stops. Then, simply reverse what you did to get on the board.
Shift your weight to your dominant foot and step off with the other foot. Use your core for control.
Getting on and off the board is the hardest part. Practice this with a spotter until you are very comfortable. Don’t jump off the board.
General Safety Tips
Some of the battery packs on the early hoverboard models made the news when they caught on fire.
Fortunately, Underwriters Laboratories now certifies hoverboards for safety. Look for the UL standard 2272 certificate on your new hoverboard.
Boards with this certificate use high-quality materials and are completely safe.
How fast does a hoverboard go?
Depending on the brand, maximum speeds range from 6 to 12 miles per hour.
Check the maximum speed on your hoverboard before you start. Boards with higher maximum speeds require more space when you’re learning to ride.
Riding at night
While hoverboards do have lights, they are close to the ground and used more for signaling than helping you see in the dark.
If you ride at night, wear light colors and reflectors like you would on a bike. Consider using a headlamp to help you see clearly.
Don’t ride at night until you’re very comfortable on your board.Boards are safer than ever, but it still takes some practice to master the art.
Use a friend or parent as a spotter and take lots of time to practice getting on and off the board.