Hoverboard Safety: Everything You Need to Know
Hoverboards: they're extremely enjoyable, but your fun would end if you were to get hurt. So, we've created this hoverboard safety guide to avoid injuries and keep your hoverboard adventure as fun as possible.
Hoverboards are both fun to cruise the neighborhood with friends and family as well as for commuting through city streets to get to work.
Their versatility means that kids and adults alike can enjoy all the fun times they bring. But this fun doesn’t come without risk.
Just as with any form of transportation, care and attention need to be taken to ensure that the utmost safety is in place.
This comes with understanding how hoverboards work, the safety gear you should invest in, and the overall importance of hoverboard safety for everyone involved.
How Do Hoverboards Work?
If you have never experienced a ride on a hoverboard, then you will want to take some time to understand how they work.
Not only will this help you with your first time, but it will also help you get the most of your rides in the future.
The wheels inside the hoverboard contain the motors, as well as speed and tilt sensors. As you travel, these sensors send your detected movement to the speed control board known as a gyroscope.
Your Center of Gravity
It all works together to balance you based on your sensed center of gravity.
To get to the basics of riding, however, you should know that the father you lean forward, the faster you will go.
Leaning back will slow you down. To turn, you will push down your toes – left toes to go left, right toes to go right.
Hoverboards are fun and easy to ride once you get the hang of it. But, that doesn’t mean you should avoid hoverboard safety measures.
The Importance of Hoverboard Safety
In life, doing things without considering safety means that you could potentially land yourself in a painful situation. Or, worse.
So, before you place your foot down on that hoverboard, take some time to learn how to ride safely.
Part of fully enjoying your ride means that you understand the mode of transportation you are using. You know how to handle:
- The speeds
- How to move forward
- How to stop
- Properly maneuvering obstacles
When you ride your hoverboard, you are not the only one you are risking safety for.
Riding along city streets and likewise, you are merging your ride with those around you. If you don’t know what you are doing, you could cause an accident for those around you.
You could choose to get your hoverboard and hop on it without a care or nod to safety. This is fine if you don’t mind the opportunity to get hurt.
However, if you’d like to be smart while riding your hoverboard, you should have – at the very least – a helmet.
After all, your brain is a significant part of you – so you should be protecting it as best as you can.
And, there are so many to choose from, that you will surely find one that fits your style. As far as the fear of looking goofy wearing a helmet - smart is sexy.
Other Gear to Consider
Another gear you should definitely consider is knee, elbow, and wrist pads.
These are the most commonly injured joints should you fall off of your hoverboard. Don’t risk the pain.
Besides, the damage you do to your joints now you will likely feel when you are older, so take care of your body in any way you can – and that includes wearing protective gear.
How to Have the Safest (and Most Fun) Experience
As a general rule of thumb, there are some steps you can take to avoid injury and be able to get the most out of your hoverboard. Take these hoverboard safety tips into consideration, for instance.
- Buy a quality hoverboard. You are riding something – make sure you know it will work properly. Getting a deal is great, but buying something of quality is better. Do your research.
- Practice first. Don’t just grab your hoverboard and run out into the world. Instead, practice so that you know what you are doing before you hit the streets.
- Ride it properly – and don’t treat it like a skateboard. They may look similar, but they are very different creatures. Your hoverboard is a sophisticated machine and you should treat it as such.
- When riding, look directly forward. This will help with keeping you balanced. Looking down is a big no-no.
- To get off of the hoverboard, step back. This is something you will have to get used to, as it is likely not your first instinct. Stepping forward to get off may land you on the ground.
- Make sure you can be seen. This is especially true at night. Many hoverboards come with LED lighting. However, this lighting is faint in comparison to, say, cars on the roadway. They shouldn’t be relied on as a safety tool. Instead, wear light, reflective clothing when riding your hoverboard at night. Other safety lights, such as those for bikers or runners, would be beneficial, too.
- Don’t travel too fast. If you have to stop abruptly, there are no restraints for the hoverboard. And, technically, there are no breaks. Don’t find yourself in a threatening situation because you took your speed to extremes. Keep it at a controllable and safe speed.
King Sports Max's Dedication to Safety
At King Sports Max (KPS), we have a great love for the outdoors and for adventure. It gives us joy to share that with you, too.
However, we want you to do so safely. That is why we have a commitment to our clients to sell only quality products – and an array of hoverboard safety gear.
In addition, our customer service team will work diligently with you every step of the way to make sure you find the right hoverboard you are looking for - not just for style, but for the rider’s safety.
Any questions you may have about our products will be answered so that you get the most enjoyment out of your purchase.
Have fun the smart way: know your hoverboard and how to use it. And, always, always protect yourself from potential injury.
Your future self will be thankful you did.