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Pump Your Brakes for Electric Skateboard Safety
There are two types of braking systems designed for electric skateboards. The handheld remote and 3D posture control. The most common of the two is a handheld remote style braking activation.
What we will be discussing here, in the unlikely event of electronic brake failure, is how to avoid one of the worst-case scenarios of electric skateboarding that have to lead to serious injury and even hospitalization of un-prepared riders.
This article is in no way a substitute for routine maintenance of the braking system. We will also touch on the braking system best practices for the maintenance of electric skateboard braking systems in this article.
To Start let’s discuss the panic run that oftentimes leads to road rash and serious injury. Jumping off a skateboard at high speed should be avoided at all costs but it is smart to prepare for the worst in the event of an emergency.
I will never forget the two times an unstable board, that got out of control at a high speed, forced me to jump off and run for my life. My heart began to pound with anxiety as I neared the limit of what I knew I could jump off the board and run to slow down. The boards I was riding at the time had no electronic braking systems. When I began traveling at a speed that was to fast for my skill level the board began to wobble wildly ejecting me into the air. Fortunately for me, both times that I was forced into panic run my legs were fast enough to stave off a face plant.
With the advanced technology included with electric skateboards, the miles per hour while traveling is displayed on most handheld remotes. With the built-in braking systems installed as a standard of boards made today, the need for emergency braking is infrequent or even never an issue with routine maintenance. If, for whatever reason, you are forced to make a decision to attempt to run out a board that is suddenly not underfoot, or not here are some helpful statistics to have in mind:
It is up to the rider’s discretion to ride at or below their skill level so do not tempt to ride an electric skateboard at a speed that exceeds your skill level.
It is always prudent when riding a skateboard, to practice and understand the proper manual braking techniques in the unlikely event of an electric motor brake malfunction. Again with proper maintenance, there should never be an issue but it is better to be safe than sorry. Here are some basic methods to learn so we as electric Skateboard riders can be safe:
A quick tip about maintenance that will keep your board running great is to spray electric parts cleaner into the hub motors. WD40 routinely sprayed into the bearings keeps dirt and road grime from causing un-necessary noise and mechanical malfunction.
Always remember to wear a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and gloves designed for skateboarding so that we can enjoy many years of safe electric skateboarding.