The most important thing is to ride your electric skateboard within your limits and start off slowly at least until you get used to using your electric skateboard.
Electric skateboards will give you years of fun and affordable travel but if not careful can also can be an easy way to hurt yourself, particularly if you skate in the wrong place or don’t wear protective gear. Modern electric skateboards are capable of travelling at very high speeds so it is important to be safe when using electric skateboards. To keep it safe while using electric skateboards, stick to the rules wherever you skate, and follow these safety tips.
Beginners are the most likely to get hurt. More than one-third of skateboarding accidents happen to those who’ve been skateboarding less than a week.
Experienced skaters get hurt, too. As the difficulty of tricks increases, so does the risk of injury, while things like rocks and poor riding surfaces are always a threat.
It may seem like all you need to start is a electric skateboard and and the hand control but Asphalt, concrete, wood, and other common riding surfaces have one thing in common: none of them is soft. Shoes, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards are a must for all people using electric skateboarders, especially for beginners.
Here are some of the things you’ll need to get started:
- Electric skateboard. Different boards do different things. If you’re mountain-boarding, riding on grass, dirt or any surface that is not smooth you’ll want a off-road electric skateboard with tires. If your riding in the city you’ll want something considerably smaller. Make sure you have the right board for your activity and that all of its parts are in working order. Always check your electric skateboard for cracks, sharp edges, damaged wheels, and loose parts before you start to skate.
- Helmet. Get a helmet that is specifically meant for skateboarding, not some other activity. Look for a sticker inside the helmet saying it meets the ASTM F1492 skateboard helmet standard. All helmets should have a strong strap and buckle, and the strap should be securely fastened and snug any time you ride.
- Shoes. Skateboarding is tough on shoes, not to mention feet and ankles. Spend a little extra money and get a good pair of shoes made with leather or suede. Be sure the soles are made of grippy gum rubber, not regular shoe rubber, and that the shoes fit properly.
- Pads. You should wear knee and elbow pads. These should have a hard plastic shield and should not hinder your movements. Make sure any pads you wear are snug without constricting your circulation.
- Other Gear. Wrist guards, hip pads, skateboard gloves, and padded jackets and shorts are all available and are a good idea. Mouthguards are good protection against concussions and broken teeth.
Where to Ride
You’ll probably do most of your initial skating in your own driveway, a friend’s driveway, or a skate park. Wherever you ride, make sure the area is free of rocks, sticks, and other objects. Look out for potentially dangerous cracks in the surface before you ride, and make sure there is no chance of an encounter with a car.
- Skate parks. Obey all the rules governing use of the park, and learn proper park etiquette before you decide to venture into the park’s more advanced features. Many skate parks have areas set aside for beginners. Stick to this area or somewhere similarly easy when you get started.
- Empty pools. If you’re lucky enough to have permission to use an empty pool, familiarize yourself with the pool’s surface before you ride. If the pool has fallen into disrepair, it might be more hazard than fun.
- Trails. If using the off-road skateboard is your thing, inspect the trail before you ride it. A surprise encounter with a fallen tree could end badly for you.
The greatest threat to your health while skateboarding is cars. Falls hurt, but they are rarely fatal. Collisions with large objects can kill you. Never ride in the street.
Before You Start
Make sure the place you plan to skate is dry. Clear the area of anything that might interfere with your electric skateboard wheels.
Before you start using your electric skateboard, be sure that no one is in the way. Collisions can happen if skaters don’t communicate. And never ride with someone else on your electric skateboard. One rider per board, period
While Riding your electric skateboard
Falling while riding your skateboarding if not careful could happen
- Learning how to fall properly can help reduce your chances of injury. If you start to lose your balance, crouch down so you will not have as far to fall. Try to land on the fleshy parts of your body and roll rather than breaking a fall with your arms and hands.
- Bigger tricks and bigger features equal bigger injuries. Once you’ve learned a couple of tricks, practice them a lot before you move on to more complicated maneuvers. Leave the gnarly stuff to the experts until you’re experienced enough to pull it off safely.
- Know and practice skateboarder etiquette. If you’re at a crowded skate park, wait your turn instead of jumping blindly into the bowl. This will not only keep fights from breaking out, it will also help you avoid colliding with another skater.
A Few Other Reminders
- Be honest about your abilities. Don’t attempt tricks that are too advanced for you. This may well save you some embarrassment as well as an injury or two. Practice what you know until you can do it in your sleep, and then move on to something new.
- If you have any questions about your electric skateboard you can always message the processional team at Epic Skateboards. Not only can our team tell you how to get the most out of your gear, we usually also know good, safe places to ride.