8 Common Mistakes Beginners Make (and How to Avoid Them)
“Every expert was once a beginner”
You might be here because you want to decrease your risk before you own an electric kick scooter, or you’ve been using your electric scooter for quite a while now and want to look back on your early days of scooting.
Either way, you’re about to learn the 6 common mistakes that beginners make and what can you do to reduce the risk of these mistakes. Watch out! Don’t be guilty if you still doing the mistakes until today. What’s important is you knew them now and not after an accident.
Will you just buy chips from your friendly neighborhood sari-sari store? Or do a quick drop-off to your friend? Thinking that your destination is too close to wear safety gear is a big no. People often think this way and it is a natural and obvious decision to do but you have to fight this urge and never trade your safety for spending a little more time wearing your gear.
I lack data to support the next statement, but you’ll be surprised that there’s a handful of people that encountered injuries during their close proximity ride.
Whatever your agenda and no matter how near your destination is, it’s important to wear safety gear always.
If you’re new to an electric scooter, you are either slow because “I don’t want to go fast, I might get hit and I don’t want to get injured” this is true but what you don’t know is, you’re causing confusion to vehicles behind you and slowing all of them. If this happens, they have no choice but to overtake you, and now a lot of vehicles are passing beside you which racks up the risk higher. If you could run at the same speed as the traffic, do it. You could reach your destination faster and the road is much safer for everyone.
If you’re speeding up and zig-zagging your way through traffic. That's a sign that you’re speeding up way too much. Yes, your electric scooter allows you to reach high speeds but if you're putting yourself on a speed that you can’t control in case unnecessary turns occur, you’re gonna wake up in the hospital.
You’re gonna reach your destination, my friend. It’s ok to go fast if you can handle it with consideration to the safety and driving of the vehicles around you. #ShareTheRoad
It’s important to balance the two. If you are Mr. Speed seeker, tone down your speed a little bit and if you are the super conservative rider, fasten up a little and go with the flow of traffic because a bump up in speed doesn’t necessarily mean you'll get injured
Braking and accelerating are the two biggest tasks that you will do during riding. It is important to not use your arms as it will damage the headset of your electric scooter and stress your upper body.
The legs are the best muscles to use during braking and acceleration as it controls your hips (center of gravity) directly and the leg muscles are dense, making it more powerful and efficient compared to arms.
Your stance plays a big role on your balance while riding. It's important to know that there's no one-size-fits-all stance, others may put their left foot forward while you could put your right forward and slightly at the middle of the deck. It all depends on your preference as long as you stay balanced
Stances in electric scooters are like the stances in skateboarding and surfing. They’re called goofy and regular stance. Photo credits to: www.skateboardershq.com
Goofy: Right foot forward, left foot back Regular: Left foot forward, right foot back
There is no right or wrong stance, there’s just a stance that suits you best.
Now the question is, how can your stance be better?
A.) Fill the edges of your electric scooter - until your pinky toe is about halfway outside the electric scooter (BEWARE). This is either dangerous or conservative for you. The goal of this tip is for you to have a feel on the maximum width that your balance can handle. The wider your foot is, the more stable and more handling power you have over your electric scooter.
B.) Your stance is unique – You may be having the same goofy stance with your friend, but your front foot might be a little wider or it might be nearer to your back foot. The point is, you’re the one who feels comfortable and controls the handlebar. Don’t let any stance gurus dictate your stance up to the smallest coordinates.
C.) Try and try until you find the one – This isn’t some motivational or romantic quote, but you should definitely play around your deck and get a feel where you are most comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to move your feet on the deck and start practicing minimal changes on your stance during short rides.
This is a bit of a gray area and it’s understandable if you don’t know 100% the model you’re about to buy because you can’t really experience and understand the full performance unit until you lay your hands on it, try it, compare to similar scooters, etc.
As an owner, try to understand and know your electric scooter up to the smallest details. Its limitations, performance do’s and don’ts, etc. of your electric scooter so that you would know if your vehicle has damage or not, so you can keep in on an optimal level. This will save you time and money on fixing your vehicle.
Want to know the things to consider before buying an electric scooter? Click here https://scooterdex.com/guides/eight-things-to-consider-buying-2nd-hand-electric-kick-scooter.
A misaligned disc rotor due to an accident on the first day. If you don't know anything about maintaining and fixing the disc rotor, you won't identify if this is critical or not.
One of the challenges that beginners encounter is turning the corners either going left or right. On your first few days of riding an electric scooter, you will need a huge space and clearance in turning. You might be called “Mr. Around the World” if someone sees you because you are just a small vehicle, but you need 2 lanes before you can make a turn.
Through experience and having a proper stance as we’ve talked about in #4 will help you learn the most efficient way of turning corners.
An electric kick scooter is a vehicle and every vehicle needs to be maintained in order to perform at its optimal level. Beginners often overlook the knowledge of maintaining the electric scooter (and vehicles in general) because they think that it’s new and it would take some time before anything happens and the need for maintenance arises.
That thought process is often true up to a certain extent, but you must remember that they are called beginners for a reason. Knowledge of maintenance will go a long way in your first few weeks as an owner. From that knowledge, you will know tips, the preferred method, do’s, and don’ts of running an electric scooter.
Knowing the specs of the electric scooter is one thing, learning how to maintain it is another. Much better if you learn both!
Hey! We know you’re new in electric scooters and it is obvious that it shouldn’t get wet, by now you already know this formula:
Electrical wiring + water = BOOM ???? (No explosion will happen)
Although electric scooters have different water resistance levels depending on the brand. So, it is best to know how much water/splashes your unit can tolerate so you won’t have to force its limitations and get it fixed the next day.
You know what? If you’re not in a hurry and your errand is not urgent, just don’t risk driving through rain. The possible damage and hassle that it brings you are not worth it. You’re in a lose-lose situation.
You'll notice 4 things from this video:
It doesn't matter how many mistakes you've done. What's important is you are now aware of the mistakes made by your electric scooter ancestors and learn from them. Now that you know the solution to the common mistakes that beginners make, you have the power to speed up your learning process and immediately use your electric scooter on your errands
Every beginner has made a mistake in their journey and there isn't anything wrong about it. These small mistakes make you a better and smarter rider each day that passes by.
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