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How to properly use a self balancing scooter

When someone sees a self balancing scooter in use, their first question is usually, “Wow! How do you keep your balance on that thing?” They are surprised that the rider can move effortlessly to their destination while keeping perfect balance on the two wheeled machine. Their next comment out of their mouths is, “I could never ride one of those!” However, with a little practice and the effort to learn, anyone can be a pro at riding a self balancing scooter!

To begin with, it is important to have a little bit of knowledge about how self balancing scooters work. They use special technology to help keep the scooter upright, similar to a Segway. These self balancing scooters are designed to stay upright, which can help relieve some nervousness about using them for the first time. Wear proper safety gear, read the manual, and practice with supervision. For your first time, practice somewhere near a wall to help keep your balance. Make sure you pay attention to the maximum weight limit, as this can impact handling.

To operate a self balancing scooter, ensure that the unit is turned on before you attempt to board it. If it is not, the unit will not stay balanced. Across all models, there are two rubber mats to place your feet. Once you put enough pressure on these areas, the unit senses the pressure and turns on the motor. Slowly put one foot on the pad, followed by the other, using a wall or someone else to help stabilize you. Practice keeping your balance.

Once you can keep your balance and mount and dismount your board safely, it is time to start moving. To move forward, simply lean your body forward. This puts pressure on the front of the scooter, sending you forward. To move backwards, slow down, or brake, simply lean backwards. Practice moving forwards and backwards slowly, ensuring that you can move while keeping your balance. Be sure not to lean too far, which can cause you to increase to speeds you are not comfortable with.

After you are comfortable shifting your weight to move forwards and backwards, learning to turn is your next step. To turn right, simply tilt your left foot forward while leaving your right foot stationary. To turn left, do the opposite, by putting pressure with your right foot and leaving your left foot stationary. The more pressure you put forward, the faster you will turn. Practice these moves while remaining stationary, turning in circles.

Following some time spent practicing, you should be comfortable with moving forwards, backwards, and turning left and right. To turn while moving, use one foot to simply put more pressure forward than the other. Remember, putting pressure with one foot forward moves you in the opposite direction.

Once you have mastered all of the basic moves, you can increase your speed. More pressure in any direction will increase the speed at which the self balancing scooter moves. Ensure that you know your own capabilities and never exceed them. Moving too fast or trying moves you are not comfortable with is a good way to increase your chances of falling and getting hurt. Once you reach maximum speed, many models with beep at you, so be sure to use extra caution when you hear this.

Finally, ensure you know the terrain you will be riding on. Weather conditions and the incline of the road greatly impact your ability to control your scooter. Remember, with proper practice, mastery of the scooter’s controls, and knowledge of the riding conditions, anyone can become a pro while riding a self balancing scooter.

Updated: January 17, 2018 — 4:09 am

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