If you’ve ever cruised around on a hoverboard, you know that it’s good, pure fun. Once you’ve mastered the art of riding, you’ll want to tackle new frontiers. Chart a course that’s hoverboard friendly by following these guidelines.
- Hoverboards roll best on smooth, flat surfaces. When your board encounters surface friction, the motor has to work harder to maintain speed—so you’ll be able to cover less ground before battery charge depletes.
- Avoid steep hills. Hoverboards (and likely your balance) can only handle inclines up to 15 degrees.
- Stay away from water. Do not ride your hoverboard through puddles, muddy patches, or snow. If water gets inside the body of your hoverboard, it can cause electrical malfunctions and safety issues.
- Avoid rugged terrain. Stay clear of gravel, sand, and tall grass—all of which can get caught in a hoverboard’s wheels and prevent smooth, steady rotation.
- Be community minded. When riding outdoors, follow local traffic laws and be mindful of other vehicles and pedestrians.
- Stick to wide, open spaces. Hoverboards can be ridden both indoors and out—but steer clear of obstacles, such as furniture, steps, and curbs.
- Stay off of delicate floor surfaces. If riding indoors, avoid carpeting and floor finishings that are easily scratched.