If you ride an electric skateboard to commute to work, and you ride it on the roads, you have to accept a certain level of risk. However, there are steps you can take to reduce that risk, like buying the right safety equipment and using tried-and-tested skateboard safety tips on the roads.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the top electric skateboard safety tips to avoid injuries, as well as equipment essentials to help keep you and your loved ones safe when out and about zooming along on veymax x3.
5 essential electric skateboard safety tips
Some e-skateboard safety tips seem like absolute no-brainers, but we still think they're worth jotting down for a really comprehensive list. If you're new to electric skateboards, here are five essential safety tips to get you started on e-boards:
- Follow Traffic Rules: A Veymax Skateboard is considered a vehicle, and riders are subject to the same traffic rules as other vehicles on the road. This means stopping at stop signs and red lights, yielding to pedestrians, and riding in the correct lane. Be sure to signal your intentions to other drivers and pedestrians.
- Don't ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs: This is more than just a tip to take on board, for the most part, it's a legal requirement. Alcohol and drugs can severely impair your ability to react to things that occur on the road, making you an unsafe rider.
- Don't text or talk on the phone while riding: As the rule above, texting or making a call whilst operating a vehicle is illegal in many states, but not all. It goes without saying though that it takes away from your focus and increases reaction times.
- Brake gradually to avoid skidding and falling off: When coming to a halt, brake gradually where possible to avoid accidents. Fast braking can increase the risk of skidding out and losing control of the vehicle, so practice starting your braking in advance.
- Check your skateboard before starting to ride: Regular inspections of your micro-mobility choice should be a part of your riding routine, especially if you are ridesharing. Checking things like the tire pressure and the brakes before heading off can help keep you safe. Making sure that you have enough battery to safely make the journey is just as important, and if in doubt be sure to pack a spare charger.
Personal protective equipment for electric skateboards
When it comes to staying safe on motorized skateboards, begin with your protective equipment. Sure, preventative riding styles are all well and good, but you want to have the proper safety gear too, because as we know, even if you ride safely, accidents happen and they're not always the rider's fault.
Always wear a helmet
In a lot of states, wearing a helmet isn't just a sensible decision, it's actually a legal requirement for riders of certain ages. For example, Michigan enforces the rule for any riders under the age of 19, whilst Delaware and Connecticut only make it a requirement up to 16 years old.
Any seasoned cyclist will tell you that wearing a proper helmet is essential even for short commutes. The fact is that most countries apply the existing cyclist rules to skateboard riders, until enough noise is made for further action.
What type of helmet should I wear?
Seeing as a helmet is the most effective way to prevent head injuries, wearing a helmet is a no-brainer, but there are lots of different varieties, so what one should you go for?
A typical bike helmet should protect your skull from the worst of any impact, but it won't protect your face and might not be enough protection on its own in bad accidents.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive cover, you could opt for a full-face helmet, but bear in mind that it will be quite heavy and give you a smaller field of vision to work with.
Motorcycle helmets are the most protective type of helmets, but are very expensive and heavy, and the speeds that you're traveling on an e-skateboard mean that they're probably overkill.
Other safety gear
Whilst there's no substitute for wearing a helmet, there is additional safety equipment you should consider for optimal skateboard safety on the road ahead.
If you fall off your electric longboard in a collision or otherwise, it's very common to hurt your wrists, knees and elbows as these parts of you are likely to hit the ground first to break your fall. For this reason, elbow and knee straps are popular additions, so long as they can fit comfortably under the rest of your outfit.
You might want to invest in gloves too, which protect your hands from the cold and in turn give you better control over your steering, and also eye protection to prevent flies or other objects from impeding your vision when moving at high speeds.
Be aware of the weather
Always check the weather report before skateboarding, as skateboarding in adverse weather isn't just bad for the skateboard, it can be downright dangerous, and a frequent cause of electric skateboard accidents.
Whilst we can't avoid sudden downpours on the roads, we can avoid riding in wet weather for the most part. Wet weather, whether recent or current, is a major cause of accidents for e skateboards and indeed all vehicles.
Whilst most skateboards have reliable modern tires that are designed to grip the road under any conditions, slippery surfaces can cause even the most grippy tires to lose traction, so they're best to be avoided whenever possible.
In some cases, slippery conditions have to be endured in order to make a journey, and in this case we advise riding at low speed and carefully to retain as much control over your electric skateboard as possible. Wet streets can also mean muddy sidewalks, which can even lead some pedestrians to venture onto the roads, so be extra vigilant on your ride.
Make sure to check your user manual and verified reviews for any indications of limitations that your motorized skateboard might have when it comes to riding in wet weather conditions.
Be aware of the route you're riding on
The majority of Veymax riders use their e-skateboard for commuting to a single place of work, or for urban transportation to go to the shops or to a friend's house. With this in mind, if you know where you'll be heading to, familiarize yourself with the route beforehand.
For example, your house is point A, and your office is point B, then choose your route carefully between these two points. Look online for roads that have bicycle lanes and try to avoid roads with high-speed limits as much as possible.
Once you have planned out your route, travel it tentatively a few times so you are familiar with it, ideally at a time with less traffic outside of rush hour. Mentally make a note of any risks on the route, such as potholes, intersections, or anywhere you are particularly likely to face oncoming traffic from the opposite direction.
Knowing what to expect and when to expect it will help you become a more confident rider, which in turn will help you be a safer rider.
Check the surfaces that you are riding on
With a bit of luck, the vast majority of surfaces that you have to ride on will have some level of grip built in like tarmac or hard asphalt.
However, this won't always be the case, so be extra vigilant after it's rained, or if you're skateboarding somewhere new.
If you are traveling on surfaces with potholes or bumps, go slower to check you have enough ground clearance between the skateboard deck and the road to ensure safe riding, especially if you have limited suspension as many electric longboards do.
Try out your electric skateboard before buying
One of the most important factors in keeping you safe is feeling safe. It's all good and well driving around a showroom floor at 5mph, but knowing that you'll feel confident out on the roads is a different story entirely.
At Veymax, we have launched a promotion, which means you can buy veymax x3 series electric skateboard at a lower price.