How to be Safe When Riding an E-Scooter
A fast-growing mode of travel has finally emerged, e-scooters. Be your own rideshare driver by renting a Bird or Lime e-scooter to reach your destination in a fun and timely manner. Swerving in and out of the crowds is allowed since there are minimal regulations on the e-scooter renting industry, but at 411Pain, we know all about accidents. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you want to stay safe while riding an e-scooter!
Wear proper protective gear: Wearing knee pads, elbow pads, and especially a helmet can save your body from suffering trauma and will set an example for others to be safe while having a fun time.
Inspect the e-scooter: Check the tires on your e-scooter to ensure they are in top shape and are ready to be ridden. Remember to check the tire pressure as well as its tread.
Stay alert: Being aware of your surroundings is always important. While on an e-scooter, make sure you are out of the way of cars, pedestrians, other e-scooters, and obstacles.
Don’t ride during inclement weather: Wet streets and puddles are bad news for e-scooters and can cause tire damage if you hit a pothole disguised as a puddle. If it starts to rain while you’re on your e-scooter, be very cautious and ride at a low speed. Water can encourage a slip and fall or other accident leading to a potential injury, so it is best to keep your e-scooter inside until the streets dry up!
The CDC has estimated 20 injuries per 100,000 e-scooter trips. Keeping these tips in mind while riding will not only lower your risk of injury, but it will set an example to other riders on how to properly operate and stay safe on their e-scooter!