Not every electric scooter is equally safe
In most cases, a cheap scooter is less safe than a more expensive model. After all, safety depends on several factors.
How safe an electric scooter is is primarily determined by the driver. Reckless driving obviously increases the likelihood of an accident.
Are all electric scooters safe ?
A common question: is an electric scooter safe. A question you can’t answer in a short sentence.
Not every type of electric scooter is equally safe. In most cases, a cheap scooter is less safe than a more expensive model. How safe an electric scooter is is determined by :
- The diameter of the wheels
The bigger the wheels the safer. With small wheels, your scooter is more likely to become unstable if there are many large potholes in the road. Preferably choose an e-step with 10″ wheels.
- The width of the tires
The wider the tire the more stable and safe your e-step will ride. With a wide tire, you can also drive safely next to streetcar tracks. We recommend a minimum width of 35mm. Also regularly check your tire pressure. Tires that are too flat greatly affect the stability and performance of your scooter.
- Handlebars and grips
The wider the handlebars, the more stable and safe you can control the e-step. Also choose sturdy and wide handles for a good grip.
Most standard scooters are equipped with one mechanical brake and one electric brake on the motor. Braking distance can be greatly reduced by choosing a scooter with two mechanical brakes.
- Lighting and reflectors
Choose a scooter equipped with high-visibility lights and side reflectors. A clearly visible stoplight flashing is also not a luxury. Slightly more expensive scooters today are also already equipped with turn signals.
The width of the footplate also greatly affects the stability of the scooter. The wider the more room for your feet. The height between the footplate and the road should also be sufficient for safe riding on a broach.
- Use gadgets to increase your security
There are several gadgets for electric scooters on the market. Acell phone holder is not a superfluous luxury and prevents you from stepping out with cell phone in hand. Also mirrors on your steering wheel are useful for controlling traffic you behind.
The Choice of Mobile Future
Are you looking for a decent and safe electric scooter ? Then choose one of our toppers:
- Mobile Future Xmax : ideal for daily travel, nippy, reliable, autonomy up to 45 km
- Mobile Future X9 : robust, two disc brakes, extra-wide tires, autonomy up to 75 km
- Mobile Future X10 : load up to 150 kg, very wide footplate, suspension on both wheels
Electric scooter general safety advice
- Night rides should be avoided in any case, wear a helmet and other protectors (knees, elbows, hands, upper body, etc.) And ride safely.
- Choose a speed mode that suits the situation. Choose a slow speed when driving in crowded places to allow for timely stops.
- When turning left or right, slow down to avoid rollover or slip hazards.
- To go backwards, it is safer if you get off the electric scooter after stopping before moving.
- Avoid slippery roads, crowded places, steep slopes, roads at risk of accidents or uneven roads.
- When crossing a crosswalk, dismount for pedestrian safety.
- When passing speed bumps or other obstacles, slow down.
- When decelerating or braking, do not stop with your foot, but stop and use the brake correctly.
- It is not safe to drive by holding the steering wheel with only one hand.
- Do not drive with the kick extended.
Be careful with water!
The electric scooter has a protection rating of IP54. This means the electric scooter is resistant to “water splashes”. Never allow water to enter the scooter or its components. Never use the electric scooter when the road is wet due to rain or snow. Water intrusion can lead to failure or short circuit and fire.
Beware of rotating parts!
Body parts or clothing may become entangled in rotating parts. This can lead to serious injury. Please be careful.
Do not stunt
Performing stunts and dropping the electric scooter is forbidden as this may damage the product and may lead to malfunction and accidents.
The electric scooter is intended for one adult only; riding together with other people or children is not allowed and very dangerous. Too much weight can lead to damage.
Do not manipulate the speed limit
Do not perform any modifications to the electric scooter’s motor, battery or controller yourself.
Do not brake abruptly
If your electric scooter is equipped with a front brake do not use it to brake abruptly. Always use both front and rear brakes for emergency braking.
Don’t speed up downhill
Always slow down when descending. Do not accelerate when driving down a long mountain to avoid hard braking, which could cause the brakes to overheat.
Warning when lifting the product
Do not lift the electric scooter by holding only the handle but always use two hands. Always bend your knees to avoid back pain.
Wear safety equipment
For safety, always wear a helmet and other protective equipment (knee, elbow, hand, upper body). Do not wear slippers but strong shoes.