Whether you’re new to riding a scooter or have been riding for years, there are some basic tips and tricks that will make your first time on an electric scooter a smooth ride. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be able to put the pedal to the metal in no time!
Do a safety check
- Make sure the battery is charged.
- Check that your brakes work.
- Check that wheels are in good condition and free from cracks, dents or corrosion.
- Check there are no cracks in the body of your scooter (not a problem for most electric bikes).
- Ensure lights work properly on both front and rear lamps; if you have one light but not another, this means either lamp needs replacing or rewiring; either way it’s an easy fix!
- Check tire pressure at each wheel by pressing down firmly with your fingers while checking its shape against a ruler or yardstick – if needed add 2-3 pounds per tire until they feel evenly inflated without any inconsistencies such as bulging sidewalls or bubbles appearing at high pressure points (which may indicate poor inflation).
Learn how to start and stop
To ride an electric scooter, you’ll have to know how to start and stop. You can do this by following these steps:
- Get into position. This means standing on the pedal like you’re going to push it forward with your foot. The left side of the handlebar is where you’ll be putting your right foot when starting out, while the right side of your body should be facing backwards (so that if someone drives up next to you, they can see what’s happening).
- Push start button/pull lever down quickly so it makes contact with its stop position so that electricity flows through connected wires inside motorized vehicle.”
Learn the hand controls
You need to learn the hand controls of your electric scooter. They are pretty simple, but you should know them before you get on the road.
The throttle is used for acceleration and braking. The brake is used for slowing down or stopping. The handbrake is like a clutch on an automobile; it lets you go in reverse when pressed down hard enough (you can also use this feature while driving forward). The thumb throttle allows you to accelerate or decelerate depending on which way up it’s held in relation to other buttons/handles—this means that if one button is pushed slightly harder than another, then pressing them both at once will cause greater acceleration than would be possible if only one button had been pressed hard enough (and vice versa).
The brakes are located on the handlebars, just below your hands. To use them:
Press down on the brake pedal until you feel resistance, then release it completely. You should hear a clicking sound as you do so. The scooter will slow down immediately and stop! If you want to stop even faster, press harder on the pedal until it doesn’t click anymore—and now you’re ready for some practice stopping!
As you begin to ride, it’s important to remember that an electric scooter isn’t like a motorcycle or bicycle. You’re not going fast enough to worry about turning the throttle too much. Instead, try gently accelerating and then braking at a rate you feel comfortable with. This will help ease you into riding and ensure that your scooter doesn’t get away from you on its own accord (which could cause injury).
Keep your balance
- Lean into turns. Electric scooters are designed to give you a little push, so it’s important that you don’t try to turn the scooter on its own. Instead, lean in and let gravity help you roll through the turn.
- Keep your weight centered over the wheels of your scooter so that they don’t get caught up in road debris or other objects along the way. This will allow them to slide more easily instead of slowing down or stopping suddenly when something bumps into them from behind (or even if someone tries to pass).
- Use your knees for control: When riding an electric bike or skateboard, this means keeping both feet planted firmly on the ground with knees bent at about 90 degrees—that way, there won’t be much chance for any accidents involving falling over!
Find your balance point
When you’re new to riding an electric scooter, the first thing you’ll want to know is where your balance point is. This is where your weight should be centered when you ride. If it’s not there, then find it! It’s easy: lean forward and hold on tight as if you were about to fall off. Once that feels natural, let go of the handlebars and try again—this time with more confidence in yourself.
The right balance point can feel different for everyone depending on their height and strength levels, but most people will find themselves leaning slightly forward until they feel like they have good control over the scooter without losing stability (and falling off).
Riding a scooter is easy when you know what to do.
Riding a scooter is easy when you know what to do. If you’re new to riding, or if this is your first time on an electric scooter, then we’ve got some tips that will help make your ride memorable:
- Ride with the flow of traffic. Some people like to take risks and cut in front of cars or other vehicles; these riders are likely looking for trouble. The safest thing to do is follow the rules of the road and stay in your lane as much as possible.
- Keep both feet on the ground while riding! This will ensure that there are no bumps or scrapes caused by running over curbs or other obstacles along with being more comfortable at all times during long trips across town (or anywhere else). It also helps keep both feet firmly planted on either side–which means no slipping off into traffic lanes because one foot was lifted up too high from underneath him/herself after stepping onto his/her board 🙂
We hope you found this guide helpful and that you have a better understanding of how to ride an electric scooter. If you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to ask us! We always love hearing from our customers as they share their experiences with us. And if you’re looking for more tips on how to use your new scooter, check out our other guides here: Scootsee blog