Whether you’re using your scooter as a means of transportation—or just zipping around on it for fun—it’s important to be on terrain that delivers a smooth, safe ride. Here are some tips on how to find the most scooter-friendly riding spots.
- Stick to smooth, flat surfaces. The motor in an e-scooter has to work harder to traverse rough terrain, which will deplete the battery faster and lessen the amount of mileage you can cover in in a single charge. Kick-scooters cannot glide as easily on rugged terrain, either—so to maintain good speed, you’ll have to put more muscle power behind every push.
- Steer clear of hills. Jetson e-scooters can handle 15-degree inclines, but anything steeper than that can cause stress to the motor. Trying to tackle a big incline on a kick-scooter takes serious exertion—and gravity cold cause you the scooter to slide backwards
- Beware of water obstacles. Puddles, mud, and snow accumulation introduces your scooter to water—which can cause wheel slippage, rust, and malfunctioning of the motor, battery, and electrical system. Damage to both internal and external parts can compromise rider safety.
- Avoid riding on gravel, sand, or tall grass. These elements can get caught up in the wheels and prevent smooth rotation.
- Stick to wide, open spaces. Whether you’re riding indoors or out, be careful not to collide with obstacles such as walls, steps, curbs, or furniture.
- Be mindful of indoor floor surfaces. When indoors, avoid riding on carpeting or floor finishings that are easily scratched.
- Follow “the rules of the road.” Check with local governance regarding e-scooter laws, speed-limits, and regulations—which may require you to ride in the same direction as traffic, have limitations on using bike lanes, or prohibit riding on sidewalks.
- Pay mind to pedestrians. For everyone’s safety, avoid riding in areas that are dense with people.