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If you're reading this, chances are you're the proud owner of an electric skateboard and you're looking to stay safe while tearing up the streets (or sidewalks, if you're feeling rebellious). First things first, let's talk about trip planning.
Before you even think about hopping on your e-skate, you should have a solid game plan in place. Know where you're going, and how long it's going to take you to get there. Make sure your battery is fully charged and bring a charger with you just in case. Trust me, there's nothing worse than running out of juice halfway through your ride and having to carry or tow your board home.
Now, let's talk maintenance. Keeping your electric skateboard in top shape is crucial to staying safe on the roads. Make sure to regularly check your wheels and tires to ensure they're fully inflated and in good condition. Tighten up any loose nuts and bolts, and check your truck bushings to make sure they're not worn out or too loose. And always, always, always bring a skateboard T-handle wrench and allen wrenches with you on your rides. You never know when you might need to make a quick fix on the go.
Now for the do's and don'ts of electric skateboarding safely for years to come.
Don't ride at night without lights. This one should be a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many skaters forget to turn on their lights before hitting the streets after dark. Not only is it dangerous for you, but it's also dangerous for pedestrians and other drivers who might not see you coming.
Don't ride without a helmet. Accidents sometimes happen, and when they do, you want to make sure you've got the proper protection. A good helmet can be the difference between a mild concussion and a trip to the hospital.
Don't ride too close to other riders. This one might seem obvious, but it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of skating with a group and forget to give each other some space. Remember, there's no prize for being the closest rider to the person in front and there is a blind-spot behind you over the leading shoulder so be aware of riders that may creep up behind you.
Don't ride until the battery is dead. I know, I know, it's tempting to squeeze every last drop of power out of your board. But when the battery dies, you're left with nothing but your own two feet to get you home and a taxi if your not to far out in to boon dogs. Trust me, walking a long distance with a heavy skateboard is not fun.
Do bring a cell phone with you. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong and you find yourself stranded, a cell phone can be a lifesaver. Keep it charged and with you at all times, just in case you need to call a taxi or seek help.
On the flip side, there are also a few things you should definitely remember to do to stay safe on your electric skateboard.
Make sure your wheels and tires are fully inflated. Riding on flat or underinflated tires can be dangerous and can also cause damage to your board.
Tighten up all nuts and bolts. Loose parts can cause problems when you're skating, so make sure everything is tightened down before you hit the road.
Check your truck bushings. Worn down truck bushings can cause your board to handle poorly, speed wobble, and can also be a safety hazard. Make sure they're in good condition before you ride.
Bring a skateboard T-handle wrench and allen wrenches. Like I mentioned before, you never know when you might need to make a quick fix.
So there you have it, skaters! A comprehensive guide to staying safe on your electric skateboard. Remember to trip plan, keep your board in top shape with regular maintenance, and follow the do's and don'ts of e-skating safety.
But let's not forget about one of the most important aspects of skating: improving your skills. Here are the top three ways to take your electric skateboarding to the next level:
Practice, practice, practice. The more you ride, the more comfortable you'll become on your board and the better you'll get at tricks and maneuvering.
Watch and learn from other skaters. Pay attention to the techniques and styles of more experienced riders, and try to incorporate what you learn into your own skating.
Invest in quality gear. A good helmet, protective pads, and a well-maintained skateboard can make all the difference in your ability to ride safely and confidently.
So get out there and shred, skaters! Stay safe, stay rad, and never stop improving your skills. Happy skating!