How To Ride An Electric Scooter Safely

Whether you are an electric scooter pro or you have just bought your first e-scooter, this guide will give you the confidence to ride safely. Although easier to ride than a bike and more agile than a car, accidents can still happen. That’s why there are several things you can do before jumping on your electric scooter to ensure your ride is as safe as possible.

Read the manual

First things first; always read the manual. It might seem obvious, but every e scooter is different and that means how they work and the parts and components they’re built with varies. Reading the manual before you set off helps you understand how your electric scooter works and that you familiarise yourself with the controls. To avoid being caught off guard, make sure you know where the accelerator is, how the folding mechanism works and where the brakes and lights are.

Practice makes perfect

There’s a knack to riding an electric scooter which, like riding a bike for the first time, can be tricky to get the hang of as a beginner. Most e scooters are set in motion by kicking off from the ground and there are ways to hard-brake and turn using your weight. It’s these movements that should be practised so that you can ride them with ease. Make sure you hop on and give it a go before venturing out.

You can even take things slowly and have a go at riding your e scooter without the power, using it as a standard kick scooter. Doing this will help you to get a sense of balance while practising balancing, steering, and braking before trialling it with power.

How to check the condition of your scooter

There are some checks you can perform each time your ride your electric scooter to ensure maximum safety. These checks include:

  • Tyres are in good condition and inflated to the right pressure
  • How it looks and sounds, e.g., no unusual noises or obvious signs of damage
  • Folding mechanisms are locked into place
  • Brakes are working properly and aren’t sticking
  • The battery is sufficiently charged
  • Stocked gear bag and equipment including helmet, storage bag, lock and pump, portable charger, or spare battery for longer rides

Plus, always take your mobile phone with you, just in case of emergencies.

Why you should wear a helmet

Protective gear is vital for keeping you or your child safe on an electric scooter, and none is more important than a helmet. Helmets are the single most effective way of reducing head injuries, helping to protect your face and head if you were to fall or have an accident. Even if you’re only going for a short ride, you should always wear a helmet. To protect you or your child when riding an e scooter, a helmet should always be on top of the safety equipment checklist.

Which electric scooter should I choose?

Best kids e scooters

If you’re looking for the best electric scooter for kids we’d recommend looking at Razor with models available in a variety of colours, including Razor Power Core E90 Kids Electric Scooter in Pink and Razor Power Core E90 Kids Electric Scooter in Green. Another kids e-scooter option is the Zinc Eco Plus, a must-have for scooter enthusiasts!

Best adult e scooters

At Scooter Hub, you can find a broad selection of the best adult e-scooters from top global brands. Ninebot Segway produces some of the most popular electric scooters for adults. We offer a huge variety of Ninebot Segway electric scooters, including the Max G30 Electric Scooter, Max G30LP Electric Scooter, and ES2 Electric Scooter. Another number one brand is Xiaomi electric scooters and two of our best-sellers are the Xiaomi Pro 2 Electric Scooter and Xiaomi 1S Electric Scooter. We offer a 2-year warranty on Ninebot Segway and Xiaomi too, so you can be sure you’re getting the best quality. 

At Scooter Hub, we offer a huge variety of electric scooters and accessories for both adults and kids with our lowest UK price guarantee. Shop our range of e-scooters today with free 1-2 day UK delivery!

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In the UK, the law states that electric scooters must not be used on footpaths, cycle lanes or roads. E-scooters should only be used on private land with the owner's consent. It is the law to wear appropriate protective equipment while riding e-scooters and children must be always supervised by an adult.

It is the customer’s responsibility to ride their electric scooter within local laws and therefore assume all liability and risk associated with the use of electric scooter products. Find out more about navigating through the UK law on electric scooters.