We need to use electric scooters, gas scooters, ATV’s, pocket bikes and similar motorized products safely. Usage of these bikes is great fun as they have new mechanism. They are special bikes so they require an added level of precaution from the rider. Please take note of the following safety recommendations;
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recommendations:
Motorized and Non-Motorized Scooter Safety Measures.
• One should always wear a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads.
• The legal age should only use these products. Under age children should not use non-powered scooters without close adult supervision.
• They are not meant for gravel and uneven pavement they may/can cause falls.
• They must not ride scooters in traffic.
• Night riding of scooters can be injurious –as they can't be seen
• Wear sturdy shoes.
• Owners of scooters should check with local authorities for local laws regarding scooters.
Knowing Your Scooter: The user must familiarize himself with the scooter before the ride. Check of the controls. Ride very cautiously until you become familiar with the way the scooter handles. Turns should be taken slowly and give yourself extra stopping distance.
Riding Within Your Abilities: To control the scooter, user needs to keep it upright and make it go where you want it to go.
Body Position: User must stand firm but in relaxed position Keep weight between the wheels. Don't stand too close to the front or lean too far back. User must shift the weight to the rear when applying brakes, and lean towards the front when accelerating. Keeping the feet apart is needed for more stability.
Turning: New riders bear more trouble turning than experienced riders do. The only way to make good safe turns is to practice. User must always approach turns very carefully and get practiced for the same.
Brakes: Center of Gravity needs to be adjusted for maintaining stability as the front brakes provide most of your stopping power, but you will need to learn to adjust yourself. Here also practice is needed for better usage and a safe speed until you are comfortable with this action.
Areas to Ride: User must learn to ride in a safe place free of cars so as not to disturb other people or animals and has a clean dry surface.
Rules to Scoot By:
- Wearing your safety gear is very essential.
- Do not drink or drug and drive.
- Local laws and regulations are to be learnt well.
- Safe and defensive driving is essential.
- Wear bright colored and/or reflective clothing.
- Lighting system is another requirement during poor visibility. Riding at dawn, dusk that meets local regional laws and without approved reflectors is illegal can be dangerous and can result in serious injury or death.
- Observe and yield the right of way.
- One should not dart in and out of driveway or from between parked cars.
- One should obey all signals to avoid any hurdles.
- One should be careful while checking traffic and don't swerve when looking over
- Always go with traffic flow and keep to the far side of the road.
- Users should never ride on sidewalks.
- The risk of accident increases on slippery ground in wet weather so these conditions must be avoided as braking and visibility are rare.
- Stunts can be fun but they can cause imperious damage to the scooter as well as themselves. So one needs to be careful about this.
- User must be tolerant to others on roads and so must respect others with due gratitude.
- Always give way to pedestrians and animals. We should not hamper their security and avoid riding near them.
- Speed has direct relation to control and stress so one should keep the speed very consistent.
- They are light weight and so never carry passengers.
- Obstruction of vision can cause to loose control of scooter so never carry anything.
- User must be environment friendly.
- Karts are designed for recreational use only. They should never be used on streets!
The Helmets, pads and other protective gear are an essential component to staying safe. Visit our Helmet and Protective Gear page for more info.
Manufacturer's Age Recommendations:
Generally speaking, manufacturers of the motorized products we carry, offer an age recommendation of 16 & up.