Hoverboards can be a lot of fun. They’re a cool, quick, and hands-free way to travel around your neighborhood or city. And unlike stand-up scooters, they won't make you look ridiculous. However, like any modern mode of transportation, there are some basic precautions to keep in mind whenever you step aboard a hoverboard. Though most are just common sense, it never hurts to hear a safety reminder.
Hoverboard Safety Tips and Best Practices
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- Know where you can and can’t ride
Like bikes and skateboards, electric hoverboards are permitted in most parks and neighborhoods, but some cities have banned their use on streets and sidewalks. In New York City, you cannot ride a hoverboard if it is capable of reaching speeds above 15 miles per hour. Laws in the United Kingdom have banned mobile boards for the past 180 years. The British can only use electric hoverboards on private property with the permission of the owner. Before taking your hoverboard out for a scoot around the block, make sure you check your local laws and ordinances.
- Practice, practice, practice!
Do you remember learning how to ride a bike? You were probably pretty wobbly at first as you learned how to keep your balance. Like a bicycle, riding a hoverboard requires a lot of practice, and you will probably fall a few times before you get it right. That is why you should practice around your home first before taking off down the street.
- Be careful at night
Most hoverboards come equipped with lights, but they usually aren’t very bright. For extra protection when you’re riding in the dark, wear white or consider a reflective vest or helmet.
- Don’t leave them charging overnight
Even if your hoverboard is top-of-the-line, charging it for too long can be a fire hazard. Most hoverboard batteries only take about four hours to fully charge. If you fall asleep and fail to unplug the charger when it’s done, you could risk a malfunction or a fire. It is always a good idea to monitor the battery while it’s charging, or at least keep an eye on it. If you want a hoverboard that doesn't pose a fire hazard, check out our new HoverboardX line.
- Tricks are for skateboards
Remember, hoverboards are not skateboards. They are not meant for ramp tricks and half-pipes. Hoverboards are thicker, heavier, and have a battery, so if you try to attempt a crazy skateboard trick, you will crash your hoverboard and possibly damage it. Electric hoverboards are intended for smooth pavement transportation.