What Safety Gear Do I Need While Riding An E-Scooter?
Posted 17th January 2022. Category: General.
When it comes to being on the road and commuting in a vehicle, there are lots of concerns that cross your mind along the way. One of them is probably the most concerning: Am I safe? We have reviewed electrical scooters and have some tips for you to use electric scooters safely, including what essential accessories you will need to get through your daily journey, ways to prevent theft while riding and real-world research available to back this all up.
Along with the boom of the shared scooter market, there was an influx of scooter-related accidents, often featured heavily in public media. We’ll discuss why inexperienced riders might be more susceptible to such accidents and how they could avoid serious injury.
What Safety Gear Do I Need?
Now that we've established the importance of wearing a helmet, let's explore the different types. Always make sure to check if your helmet is CPSC-certified or not as this will enable it to be one of your best safeguards against a bike accident. Bike helmets are just like seatbelts: they may not help us every time something bad happens but they absolutely can when used as intended.
Picking the right Helmet
You should always wear your helmet and remember that the laws do require you to if you are going somewhere on a bicycle. There are different varieties of helmets, including one or more of those just mentioned. You can also find foldable helmets and some of these will meet some safety standards when it comes to how long they have been in business and how safe they'll keep your head.
Adding Lights to Your Scooter
Most electric scooters do not come with enough lights for you to effectively see and be seen on the road when it’s dark outside.
At the bare minimum, it’s crucial to have both a headlight and tail light. These will help others distinguish when you’re breaking when you’re riding with them, and when you’re approaching them on your scooter. Some electric scooters come equipped with lights called swag lights - which are basically LED lights that run along the stem of your handlebars or around your deck. Although eye-catching in appearance, this type of lighting probably won't be very effective in helping you see any potholes or debris in the road until it's too late.
Other Safety Accessories Worth Purchasing
Audible warning device
A lot of electric scooters come with horns or bells to attract the attention of other riders and pedestrians in case they are necessary. If you ride without a horn, then you’re not being as courteous as possible while riding!
Based on our measurements, a standard bell is around 90 dB and a mechanical horn is around 105 dB, which is more than loud enough for pedestrians and other riders nearby to hear you coming.
Hand and eye protection
If you’ve ridden a scooter on a cold day, you know that gloves not only keep your hands warm but also protect them in case of an accident. If the bicycle is travelling at a high speed and there are sunny conditions and lots of winds, it can be hard to focus on the road. Winter clothing or glasses can prevent you from getting hit in the eye by rocks kicked up by other vehicles or bugs.
So, this is the comprehensive list of safety gears you need to take care of while you are riding your electric scooter to be on the safer side. Let us know how you liked our suggestions. We would be absolutely thrilled to listen from you.
Please feel free to check our best recommendations of escooters if you intend to buy one of the Electric Scooters Laws in Canberra this season.
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WalkSmart recommends that you check your local state laws and regulations in relation to using electric scooters in public locations, roads and footpaths. Laws vary state by state and therefore may limit use to private locations only. Each local body is reviewing public electric scooter use, so we expect it to be regulated, but legal in all states within the short term. Feel free to contact WalkSmart if you have any further queries.