It’s not difficult to see how kick scooters have become so hugely popular in such a short space of time. They’re loads of fun for kids, and convenient for adults as a way of commuting or even travelling to the supermarket. But there’s one aspect of scootering for beginners that’s more important than anything else: staying safe.
The great news is that you don’t necessarily have to do an awful lot as a scooting novice to protect yourself and others. Just follow the tips below, and you’ll be adopting almost every measure you reasonably can to ensure safety.
Safe Scootering For Beginners: The Kids
One of the great things about scootering is that it can be enjoyed from a really young age. However, this simply heightens the importance of getting the safety elements right. That includes ensuring your little one has the right scooter in the first place.
There’s no shortage of kids’ scooters on the market, to suit various ages and stages of confidence and capability. A toddler of just two or three years old can potentially go scooting. Nonetheless, it’s best to buy yours a three-wheeled scooter that is light and stable, with handlebars at waist height.
Once your child has mastered three wheels and has reached five years of age, it might be time to think about a two-wheeled scooter for them. If so, and your young one often rides their scooter on bumpier surfaces, you might prioritise getting a scooter with larger wheels.
Equip Your Kid With The Right Safety Equipment
It’s not just the most appropriate choice of scooter that will help to keep your kids safe when scootering. That’s because they should also be equipped with all of the right scooter safety gear. A helmet ought to be your top priority, and your child shouldn’t be allowed to use their scooter without one – not even for a few minutes.
Safety padding is also vital for shielding your little one from injuries. So, be sure to shop for the knee, elbow and wrist pads that will help to give you the utmost peace of mind that your adventurous rapscallion will be protected against those inevitable falls and scrapes
Is Your Child A Safe Scooter User?
Finally, your child will need to be taught how to ride their scooter safely. The basics of responsible scootering for beginners at the younger end of the age spectrum differ a little from those for adults. You should be absolutely vigilant about the safety of your child’s helmet, for instance, including checking regularly for strap, surface and interior wear.
You should also pay close and constant attention to the condition of your child’s scooter tyres, as well as, of course, supervise them – especially if they might be tempted to try any of the stunts they may have seen in YouTube videos. It’s also crucial to teach your young one about dangerous places to avoid while on their scooter, such as steep hills, steps, curbs and other potential obstacles.
What About Safe Scootering For Adults?
Naturally, much of the advice we have provided above on safe scootering for beginners of a younger vintage applies just as strongly to adult scooter riders.
Such advice includes having the right scooter gear and clothing before you even get on a scooter. That certainly means a helmet is recommended, although in the case of adults wearing one, it’s very much a personal decision.
Still, wearing a helmet would enable you to set a good example to any young ones you’re scootering with. If and when you do look for a scooter helmet, make sure it’s one that allows you to see clearly from every angle.
Knee and elbow caps could also be key to keeping you safe from injury. Meanwhile, half-finger gloves will help to prevent your hands being bruised if you fall off your scooter, and ensure the best possible grip when you are on it.
Simple Everyday Practices Go A Long Way To Ensuring Safety
Then, of course, there is the actual riding to do. Again, adopting sensible practices will help you to demonstrate the importance of responsible and conscientious scooter use to any children in your care – so it’s not only you who could benefit.
So, make sure you are always polite to other pavement users, especially bearing in mind it is always pedestrians that have right of way. Get off your scooter if the pavement becomes overly congested, as well as when you see a large group of other people coming the other way. This is for the safety of both you and anyone you may encounter on the pavement.
All scooter users should also be in the habit of stopping at the curb and walking their scooter across the road, instead of riding it. When you do stop, firmly press the brake instead of dragging your foot along the ground, and in plenty of time, so that you don’t scare car drivers or put yourself at risk.
If you encounter uneven ground while scootering, it’s best to slow down to give yourself more time to stop your scooter with the brake if needed.
Whatever surfaces, conditions or people you come across when scooting, you should be continually aware of your surroundings, and ensure you are both seen and heard by other pavement users. That might mean attaching a bell and a light to your scooter if you are scooting in dimmer conditions during the evening or morning.
Remember – Safer Scooting Is More Enjoyable Scooting!
Taking seriously the above, mostly hassle-free safety tips will help to ensure a fun scootering experience for you and any little ones you’re scootering with, for months and years to come. Scooter safety is certainly one thing where you should not be cutting corners – so don’t ever consider any of the aforementioned guidance to be ‘too much’ for protecting yourself and others.