Here are more tips for Hoverboard safety gear to use when riding on a hoverboard. First and foremost, don’t worry about other people, worry about your own safety, your head (helmet) your knees (knee pads) your wrists (learn the right way to fall or you will break wrists…until then – wrist guards. And finally elbows(elbow pads). The right gear and learning to fall correctly will help with most skatepark and rideable related sports. On a hoverboard, I would begin with nothing short of a Helmet and wrist guards. If you are already used to knee sliding out of things, maybe knee pads would also do you well.
Here’s some more information from the manufacturers who have studied these products and how they affect your body:
These are really very subtle movements, it is as though ‘you feel and think where you wanna go and it just goes there!’
Motivation to wear protective gear? Why don’t most people wear protective gear in sports?
Now we’ve been talking a lot about self balancing scooters or a hoverboard, but this would count towards skateboarding, scooters and really any sports where you could wear pads, but it may be that no one else is wearing them.
I find this mostly at the ‘cool skateparks’ where the kids go to show off the tricks they learned all week and don’t ‘need pads’. Also, as many of them NEVER skate in pads, it is way out of the normal for them to suddenly want to spend money on protective equipment that would make them stand out, perhaps as ‘n00b’s or beginners’.
Here’s some reasons:
Pads can be too Bulky, hot and uncomfortable.
Pads make it hard to do tricks and get in the way. For some, it works only wearing them to practice new things, then once dialed in, they don’t need them anymore. While this may be true for some, this is not for everyone. Also, if you are constantly ‘pushing the envelope’.. (I’m not gonna say ‘gleaming the cube’ because NO one gleamed any cubes) chances are you will try things you cannot land yet.
Proper protective gear vs a new skateboard is tough. I can’t disagree that it can be pricey, but then how much is the pain and healing time of broken bone worth to you? 6 weeks in cast and having to take showers with your arm in a plastic bag?
- Pros don’t wear pads. No. Quite often, they don’t. They do this SO much for a living that they are experts at their craft, KNOW THEIR LIMITS and rarely get injured due to being “better at falling than skateboarding” very possibly. As it turns out, the best skateboarders are also the best at falling without injury. This is something I really have spent a lot of time on and now have a assortment of strange pads that make it look like I’m not always wearing them. I look at this as similar to playing music live. You don’t need the music in front of you after 200 shows, just like the pro’s don’t always wear pads when at demos or contests…depending on the setup.
Ugly. Yes, but you can make it such you can’t tell… here’s what I used to get around that -> mind you it didn’t stop me from getting a mad chest injury when my wrist guard dug into my upper chest unfortunately…learning how to fall better and ‘take it’ sometimes means you ‘take it’.
Prepare for falls, but never really fall
If you are prepared, chances are you won’t need to fall much from your self balancing scooter, or an all terrain offroad hoverboard, like the ProZip Hummer or ProZip Rip Saw. Now you can safely break your fall if needed. Remember to always to fall away from the hoverboard as it is heavy and likely has some momentum. Always step off the self balancing scooter backwards, not forwards to avoid any ankle injuries.
- Follow manufacturer recommended guidelines for safety
- Wear safety gear, including knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet when riding your board.
- Calibrate your hoverboard before stepping on for your first ride.
- Use a spotter the first few times you attempt to mount and dismount your new hoverboard.
- Stand with your feet an appropriate distance apart, and your weight balanced evenly. This might take some practice to get it just right.
- Practice safe dismounts by stepping backward off your hoverboard.
- Use caution when riding at night
- If you’re riding your hoverboard outdoors at night, wear light-colored clothing and reflective materials.
- Consider wearing a headlamp to illuminate your path, and rear lights or reflectors to make you visible to other motorists.
- If possible, travel in a group so that you have safety in numbers.
- Use your hoverboard how it was meant to be used
- These transportation devices are designed to travel on smooth, even surfaces. Don’t take your hoverboard off-roading on uneven terrain.
- Your personal e-Mobility device also isn’t a skateboard. It’s not meant to be used for stunts off curbs or rails, and a hard crash or fall could damage your battery and compromise the fire safety of your board.
- Do not charge your hoverboard near flammable materials
- Following the recommended charging time in the instructions that come with your hoverboard. Avoid overcharging your device as that may cause a safety hazard.
- Along these same lines, don’t charge your hoverboard overnight. This will likely be far too long of a load time and could cause issues while you’re asleep.
- Monitor your hoverboard while it’s charging so that you find out about any issue that arises immediately and can prevent a larger incident.
- If you do have a fire-related incident, call 911 immediately. Chemical fires caused by batteries may need to be extinguished differently than a traditional fire, so don’t use a fire extinguisher until you speak with a professional.
By: Hoverboard Collaberator