- Avoid roadways, paths, or other areas that are used by motor vehicles.
- Wear an approved helmet at all times.
- Avoid large hills. This may overheat the motor.
- Avoid curbs, cobblestones, grates, and other rough or discontinuous surfaces.
- Never ride with more than one person on a scooter.
- Never ride your scooter at dusk or at night without appropriate lights.
- Before each use, verify that there are no loose or missing parts, and that the brakes are working properly.
- Don't ride in wet or icy conditions.
- Don't stunt ride.
- Ride in control at all times.
- Never tie or hold your dog leash as you ride your bike or scooter while still connected with your pet.
- Scooters are wheeled vehicles. Like bicycling, skateboarding, and in-line skating, riding a scooter can be dangerous even under the best of circumstances. Serious injury or even death is possible.
- Always wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet when riding your scooter. Always keep the chinstrap securely buckled. Failure to wear an approved helmet may result in serious injury or death.
- Wet weather impairs traction, braking, and visibility. The risk of accident is dramatically increased in wet conditions.
- Riding at dusk, after dark, or at times of poor visibility is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death.
- Failure to properly tighten the handlebar quick-release lever may compromise steering action, which could cause you to lose control and fall.Falling can cause serious injury or even death. Push up and down on the handlebar to make sure that the lever is tight.
- ALWAYS use a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads.
This is a small investment - only about $35 - and can instantly eliminate almost two-thirds of possible scooter accidents, including most of the most serious ones.
In many states, provinces and regions throughout the world, these are required by law!
- Children under eight should always be supervised when using scooters.
Almost a third of all scooter-related injuries and accidents involve children under the age of eight. As everyone knows, scooters are capable of traveling very quickly,
and children that age do not always have the judgment or coordination to handle these high speeds.
- Use scooters in a safe places
Cars and scooters don't mix, especially for younger riders. Smooth, paved surfaces are best - avoid bumpy, uneven, wet or rocky ones. Schoolyards, parks, paved trails are examples of safe places to "scoot"!
And, on sidewalks, be especially careful for pedestrians, who always have the right of way.
- Always observe the basic rules of the road anywhere you use scooters.
As scooters can travel as fast as many other types of vehicles, motorized and non-motorized, they too must observe the rules of the road. These include:
Stop at every stop sign. Look left, right, and left again before proceeding.
Stop at the end of the driveway. Look left, right, and left before entering the street.
Use proper hand signals.
Obey traffic signs and signals.
Do not ride a scooter at night.