Hoverboards are popular at the moment and maybe you’ve been contemplating buying one. If you’re thinking about getting into hoverboards but aren’t sure what to expect, or if you are wondering if they are safe to ride, that’s understandable. There’s a lot about hoverboards that are a mystery to the uninitiated.
There’s a lot to learn before diving into the world of hoverboards. We are here to tell you that they are in fact safe to ride and we’ll give you some tips on how to stay safe while riding them.
Although they look intimidating, hoverboards are every bit as safe as skateboards or rollerblades. If you’re a novice, you will need a lot of practice, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to ride like a pro. As long as you don’t do crazy tricks on your hoverboard and keep both wheels on the ground, you will be fine.
As for what you may have heard about exploding batteries in hoverboards, that was a real problem a few years ago, but those days are long gone. Now any hoverboard that you buy in the United States has to undergo electrical and fire safety testing so that it has certification under UL 2272. These much stricter standards keep your hoverboard safe and ensure that there are no issues with overheating or fire.
Being a good rider is only one part of being safe on a hoverboard. The other part of the equation is safety gear. If you wear the proper safety gear like a helmet, knee and elbow pads, you’ll be better off in case you do take a spill. Most injuries from hoverboards are because riders are not wearing helmets and other safety gear.
Believe it or not, those are the basics that will keep you safe on a hoverboard, but below we have some extra tips that will make sure that you have a safe experience using and riding it.
Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using your hoverboard. Do not overcharge it or charge it overnight.
When dismounting from your hoverboard, dismount from the back side, never the front. It is easier to fall or lose your balance if you step off forward. Many people get hurt because they get this wrong.
Always ride your hoverboard on a level surface and avoid potholes or rough road.
Stay away from traffic, bikes and other people on hoverboards.
When riding, use the widest stance that you can. This will give you more control.
Keep your eyes on the road ahead of you at all times, so that you can spot any potential obstacles in your path. A focused rider is a safe rider.
When riding at night, you should wear reflective clothing, or LED clip-on lights so that you are visible to drivers.
Yes. Hoverboards are completely safe to ride.
As long as you take the proper precautions and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, they are totally safe. These tips will make sure that you are riding for a long time and having fun. We hope that this has helped to ease your mind about the safety of hoverboards.