Electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, are becoming increasingly popular as a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation.
Owning an e-scooter brings more enjoyment to everyday life, but it also comes with certain responsibilities and mistakes that should be avoided to ensure safety and prolong the lifespan of the scooter.
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In this blog post, we'll discuss 5 common mistakes that e-scooter owners should avoid in order to protect themselves, and pedestrians and prolong the lifespan of their electric scooters.
Not Wearing a Helmet While Riding:
Safety should always be a top priority when riding an e-scooter. Wearing a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head injury in the event of an accident. Always make sure to wear a properly fitted helmet when riding your e-scooter.
A lot of people don’t wear helmets to look “cool”, but seriously injuring yourself is not cool by any means. Make a safe choice and always wear a helmet while operating your electric scooter. Check out our Safety Blog for more information on how to stay safe when riding your electric scooter.
Overloading the E-Scooter:
E-scooters have a weight limit, also known as payload, that should not be exceeded. Overloading the scooter can cause damage to the motor and battery, and can also affect the scooter's performance. Always check the payload limit of your e-scooter and make sure to stay within it.
Riding on the Wrong Surfaces:
E-scooters are designed for specific surfaces, such as pavement and bike paths. Riding on rough or uneven surfaces can cause damage to the scooter and can also be dangerous for the rider. Always check the recommended surfaces for your e-scooter and stick to them.
In Canada another surface you should avoid riding on is ice, while electric scooters are safe to use in the winter, the tires on your scooter are not designed to withstand the slippery ice on the ground. If you think that it’s too icy outside for a ride, then avoid the risk to stay safe.
Of course you could always buy tires suitable for specific terrains, buying and installing aftermarket tires could be a great way to use your scooter on more terrains than normal models!
Not Regularly Maintaining the E-Scooter:
Regular maintenance is crucial for prolonging the lifespan of your e-scooter. This includes checking the tire pressure, ensuring the brakes are working properly and keeping the battery charged. Not regularly maintaining your e-scooter can lead to costly repairs and can also affect the scooter's performance. Properly charging and storing your scooter is essential for the batteries overall health.
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Ignoring Local Laws and Regulations:
E-scooters are subject to local laws and regulations. This includes where they can be ridden, speed limits, and parking regulations. Always make sure to familiarise yourself with the laws and regulations in your area and follow them to avoid fines and penalties.
Owning an e-scooter comes with certain responsibilities and mistakes that should be avoided to ensure safety and prolong the lifespan of the scooter.
Always make sure to wear a helmet, stay within the payload limit, stick to recommended surfaces, regularly maintain your e-scooter and follow local laws and regulations. By avoiding these common mistakes, you'll be able to enjoy your e-scooter for a long time to come.
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