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Safety

What you need to know before riding

Brakes

Typically, electric scooters come with drum, disc, electric or foot brakes, each of which have their pros and cons. Electric brakes are easy to use and maintenance is minimal but don’t always offer the best stopping power. Disc or drum brakes work best and foot brakes require you to actually step on the scooter’s rear mudguard to stop the wheel. Although this is a technique that riders will very quickly get used to, it isn’t always easy and takes practice before you will be ready to ride your e-scooter proficiently.

Tyres

When it comes to tyres, air-filled ones with inner tubes do give you a more comfortable, stable and enjoyable ride. Using puncture protection fluid (such as "Slime") will also keep you in good stead as it’s virtually impossible to repair a puncture when you are out and about as scooter wheels are not simple to remove and it's hardly likely that you will be carrying the necessary tools. Another option are solid honeycomb type tyres and spring suspension to offset the bumps that result from the lack of cushioning.

Lights, visibility and head protection

Lights are really essential for safe riding, especially at night. Many electric scooters feature built-in lights, brake lights and indicators but if your model only has reflectors or a rear light, invest in a decent set designed for bikes. They do not have to be fancy, you can get an effective set of LED's that attach to your scooter with rubber straps that won’t damage its paintwork.

A helmet is a must and wise investment, even if it is not a legal requirement, as some of the e-scooter models on the market are powerful and you can never rely on others for your own safety, so please do not take the risk, it simply is not worth it. Also, if you do happen to lose your balance, it can stop you smacking your head on the ground.

Ride carefully

Once you have got your new e-scooter all set up and fully charged, find somewhere safe and quiet to practice, and take your time. This will build your confidence and help you to understand the capabilities of your scooter.

Practice, practice, practice, especially with turning circles, at first they will be large and wide but as you get more and more confident, your turning circles should get smaller. When turning or taking bends, keep the power up because your instincts will tell you to slow down which will lend itself to you wobbling and relying solely on your balance.

Make sure that the brake levers are in a comfortable position for you and test your brakes at different speeds so you understand the stopping distances you will need to allow for. Although there is no requirement to take a formal test before your maiden voyage, best advice is to build your confidence before going out for a ride.

Stay safe, be mindful of others and have fun!