In our latest blog we are looking at rider safety tips for when you are out having fun on an electric scooter.
We’ll start this off by stating that, as you probably already know, using electric scooters on public land is still illegal, unless you are taking part in the trials taking place in cities and areas such as the Tee’s Valley Combined Authority area. These include Hartlepool, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-On-Tees. In these trial towns and cities there are electric scooters that are available for hire. Portsmouth and Southampton are also on the list to start trails at some point soon, as well as Derby and Nottingham, the West Midlands, and the West of England Combined Authority.
So we have complied a list of suggestions to keep you safe from harm if you are out and about on an electric scooter in one of the above mentioned trial regions.
- Wear a helmet! Even at very slow speeds a collision between your head and a vehicle or even the concrete, can be fatal or life changing at the least!
- Limit your speed in populated areas or when nearing people. You can open it back up to top speed when it is clear to do so.
- Stop at traffic lights. Other road users will expect this so act in accordance to the Highway Code.
- Clearly signal your intentions at turnings and intersections.
- Make sure you use your lights in dim light or at night.
- Don’t go on pavements or other pedestrianised areas.
- Don’t attempt tricks or wheelies. Standard electric scooters are not designed to take that level of stress and will more than likely break under the pressure.
- Don’t ride the e-scooter the wrong way down one way streets.
- Don’t drink (or take drugs) while riding.
- Don’t get involved in races with other electric scooters.
- Do not ride with more than one person on the scooter. They are not designed to withstand the weight of a second person.
They may sound like just common sense but as we all know, common sense is not as common as we would all like.
If you are interested in purchasing an electric scooter for private use then take a look at our range. We have a number of manufacturers available including Xiaomi and Decent to name a couple.
We currently have the Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter in Black and the Decent X7. Both are fantastic electric scooters in their own rights.
The Decent X7 comes with the slightly larger 10 inch wheels which are better at riding over bumps and obstacles in your path. The X7 also features a removable battery which slides easily out of the stem so you can replace it with a spare battery when out on longer rides. Both have a maximum speed to 15 mph however, the Xiaomi M365 benefits from a longer range on a single charge with ranges of up to 18 miles when used in Eco-mode.
If you are interested then get on over to our Electric Scooter Range to see the full list of specifications and current prices.
Stay safe and happy scooting.