An electric skateboard is much like a normal skateboard or a longboard except that it has a motor running it and comes with a hand-held device or remote. Electric skateboards are usually bought by people who already know how to skate or those who are looking for different ways to travel short to medium distances. However, the use of electric skateboards is already changing because more and more people are trying it for extreme sports.
If you are new to electric skateboards, here are a few dos and don’ts you should know before going on the road with your electric skateboard.
- Learn how to use a skateboard first before riding an electric skateboard.
When it comes to your safety, practicing on a normal skateboard or a long board is a must. This is because electric skateboards are much harder to use especially when you can’t even balance yourself on a board.
For starters, know which foot you are most comfortable with and put that in front of the other foot when you ride. This will help in your navigation and balance. Although electric skateboards don’t need pushing and or manual braking, you should also familiarize yourself with that because it might surprise you on how fast or slow it can be when it’s remote-controlled.
- Wear a helmet and knee pads.
This is another tip for safety. Whether you’re used to riding a skateboard or not, wearing the proper attire will help protect you from unforeseen accidents.
- Be mindful of pedestrians and other vehicles.
When you’re using an electric skateboard or any skateboard for that matter, it is easy to pass through a lot of people who are walking. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re allowed to pass through them when they’re crossing. You should stop and let them cross before going your way.
- Research on the laws regarding electric skateboards in your city or state.
Different places have different laws and regulations on the use of electric skateboards. Some states don’t allow skateboards because they can be bothersome to the public. In some states, they promote the use of skateboards (whether electric or longboards) because it lessens dependence on gas and non-renewable sources of energy. Nonetheless, wherever you are, you should be familiar with how your state deals with electric skateboards. Specific states have specific laws, so for example, California may have different laws than Texas.
- Park your electric skateboard.
Even if you use your electric skateboards for going to one place to another, you shouldn’t “park” it anywhere unless you’re going to a classroom and you have places to put your things in. Don’t leave it in the same way that you would leave your car or motorcycle. Aside from it getting stolen, it doesn’t look very nice to be parking a skateboard outside.
- Use them on courtyards and walkways.
You shouldn’t use your skateboard on courtyards for two primary reasons. One is that it ruins the grass or the landscaping of the place, and two, it isn’t the right surface to ride on. Electric skateboards are difficult to ride on surfaces with rocks and tiny obstacles. You might just get off balance. As for walkways, this is for courtesy to people walking on it.
- Perform skateboard stunts and tricks on public property (i.e. benches, lamps, walls).
This is connected to the laws that your city or state has when it comes to the use of electric skateboards. Some states don’t allow electric skateboards on some areas and that also means that you can’t be using public property for your stunts. To add to that, it might not just harm you but other people as well.
If you want to practice your stunts and tricks, go to skateboarding spots where they usually have ramps, steps, and poles. That way, you get to be with other skaters and away from other pedestrians and vehicles.
- Skate under the rain.
This reminder is obvious because your electric skateboard is run by a motor and some of its parts are not supposed to get wet. If it does, then you might get your board damaged and that is difficult to repair. When it’s already raining and you have your board with you, make sure that the motor won’t get wet by covering it up. As for the bearings, apply a bearing lube so it becomes water-resistant.