You see them all over the place now, electric scooters. These handy little inventions are giving people with disabilities more mobility than ever before and older people can now go places where they once experienced limited access. Electric scooters are just like any other piece of equipment however, and one still needs to give some thought to safety to ensure an enjoyable experience.
First and foremost those who are using the electric scooters need to be aware of what if going on around them. Being alert as a rider is rule number one. It is important to pay attention at all times to what is happening around you while on the scooter. It is important to watch the road or store isle where you are operating the scooter. On the street you need to ensure that you avoid potholes, pedestrians, other riders and vehicles. Remember that an electric scooter isn't as large as other vehicles so drivers may not see you. Electric scooters and their use on the streets is also a fairly new thing so drivers also are not watching for them.
It is important to understand that electric scooters are not a toy. Trying risky riding or taking chances with the way you are operating the scooter could cause injury to you or someone else. It is for this very reason that children should never be allowed to play on an electric scooter. There is an increased chance of getting into an accident if using an electric scooter is not taken seriously.
Second, obey all traffic rules and regulations while out on the road and practice the same types of rules while inside. Drive to the right, stop and look both ways and always wait for those who are walking even within the store. Observing these simple rules will help others to know what to expect while they are around folks using electric scooters.
Another safety tip is, don't ride your scooter outside at night. Electric scooters are not designed for night usage outside so there are no safety lights or reflectors. You could, of course modify your scooter to have these items however remember that others are not used to electric scooters being utilized during the day let alone during night hours. Don't go out on your scooter after dark.
Finally, upkeep of your electric scooter is very important. Clearing out the wheels and making sure that the equipment is properly oiled and maintained will ensure that there is not an accident involving the equipment itself.
Electric scooters are a wonderful new piece of equipment but they are motorized so it is important to observe the same safety rules with them as you would any motorized moving vehicle.