Scooters are like any other
piece of sporting equipment; they can be used
and used safely, but you need to take proper precautions.
Here are a few guidelines for riding a scooter
safely that everyone who uses a scooter should
Rules to follow for all Scooters
Remember to wear your safety gear such as a helmet,
knee pads and elbow pads.
Never ride when you are under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
Familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations.
Wear bright clothes and wear sturdy shoes.
If you are riding at the time of dawn, dusk or
at times when visibility is poor without a proper
lighting system use extra precaution
and ride in places that have street lights.
Do not speed out of driveways or from between
Observe traffic lights.
Check traffic carefully and do not swerve while
you are looking over the shoulder.
Remember to go with the traffic flow and stay
at the far side of the road.
Riding in wet conditions is not encouraged. It
is dangerous and increases the risk of accidents.
Stunts, wheelie's or jumps are fun, but they are
dangerous and risk damage and injury to the rider
and the scooter.
Be cautious when you are riding, you share roads,
trails and riding areas with other vehicles.
You should yield the right of way to pedestrians.
Use caution when rolling over obstacles.
Always ride at a consistent speed and remember
that speed is related to control.
Never carry any passengers unless the scooter
is designed for two people.
It is recommended that you do not carry anything
that might obstruct the vision or control of the
Be responsible for the environment and ride accordingly.
Don't ride scooters at night because riders can't
see where they're going or be seen by others
unless the scooter is equipped with lights.
As scooters can travel
as fast as many other types of vehicles, motorized
and non-motorized, they too must observe the rules
of the road. These include:
Stop at every stop sign. Look left, right, and
left again before proceeding.
Stop at the end of the driveway. Look left, right,
and left before entering the street.
Use proper hand signals.
Obey traffic signs and signals.
Use scooters in a safe
place. Smooth, paved surfaces are best for optimum
performance and safety. A rider should avoid bumpy,
gravel, uneven pavement, wet or rocky surfaces.
Children under eight years of age should always
be supervised by a responsible adult when using
Always observe the basic rules
of the road anywhere you use scooters.
Owners of scooters should
check with local authorities for local laws regarding
Know Your Scooter: Familiarize
yourself with your scooter before you ride by
check the controls. Ride very cautiously until
you become familiar with the way the scooter handles.
Take turns slowly and give yourself extra stopping
Ride Within Your Abilities:
To control your scooter, you need to keep it upright
and make it go where you want it to go.
Body Position: Stand firm,
but relaxed and keep weight between the wheels.
Don't stand too close to the front or lean too
far back on the scooter. Shift your weight to
the rear when applying brakes, and lean towards
the front when accelerating. Keep feet apart for
Turning: New riders tend to
have more difficulty turning as compared to an
experienced rider. The only way to make good safe
turns is to practice. Always approach turns very
Braking: Front brakes provide
most of your stopping power, but you will need
to learn to adjust your center of gravity to maintain
stability. Again, practice this at a safe speed
until you are comfortable with this action.
Areas to Ride: Ride in a safe
place free of cars in an area which will not disturb
other people or animals and has a clean dry surface.
There are some local jurisdictions
that prevent the riding of powered scooters on
the sidewalks and the roadways. It is imperative
that the owners of the motorized vehicles know
about the riding guidelines from the local authorities.
Safety Tips For
The Battery Operated Scooter
Completely charge the battery before riding the
electric motor scooter for the first time.
Disconnect the battery from the motor when not
Keep children away from the motorized scooter
while it is being recharged.
Stop use of the scooter or the charging unit if
any wire becomes worn, broken or damaged in any
Use caution when recharging the battery. Do not
recharge in an area that will the electric scooter
or the charging unit to become wet. Recharge only
in an area that is well ventilated.
Do not modify the electrical controls or wiring.
Use only motors, batteries and charging units
supplied or approved for electric
Do not use the electric scooter battery to power
or recharge any other equipment.
Do not block the air vents of the charging unit.
If blocked, the unit may overheat and could create
a fire hazard.
Check all parts and brakes periodically to ensure
the motor scooter or E-Bike is working properly
and still properly assembled.
Stop using the bike immediately if any part of
the electric or gas scooter becomes loose. Correct
the looseness prior to resuming the ride.
If the brake lever touches the handlebar grip,
stop use of the scooter until the lever is adjusted.
Maintain proper air pressure in the tires. Low
air pressure allows's extra rolling friction,
wears the tires out quicker
and reduces ground clearance.
Always deflate the tire before disassembling the
wheel. Failure to deflate the tire could accidentally
cause the wheel to come apart explosively.