How to Ride a Hoverboard Step-by-Step
In case you didn't already know, the new "in" thing to have is a hoverboard. A lot of celebrities have talked about them and seem to be in vogue. However, many people don't really know how to operate one. So you can probably see why we thought it very important to create this step-by-step guide to riding a hoverboard.
Before you start your journey, you need to make sure you have a proper stance. It is important to try to feel comfortable, especially at first. Be sure to maintain a wide stance, but don't over exaggerate the pose as it will slow you down.
Hoverboard Safety Tips
Before you start hoverboarding it is important to make sure you take all the necessary health and safety precautions. There have been a number of safety concerns regarding hoverboards. As a safety precaution, avoid using a hoverboard if you are pregnant or elderly. Hoverboards are designed for everyone, but especially children aged eight and up. They come with a maximum weight capacity of 220 pounds.
Here are some safety concerns:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Maintain a safe riding speed and always look in both directions if you are crossing a road.
- Know where your hoverboard is charged. Keep it out of reach of children and observe warning labels on the charger.
- If you are going for a hoverboard ride, you should go with the right gear. Wear a helmet at all times, elbow pads, knee pads, long pants, and closed-toe shoes.
- Do not use your hoverboard in wet and/or snowy conditions. It is important to clean the hoverboard charger regularly if it gets wet.
- Do not use your hoverboard in the rain as it can cause an electric shock.
- Do not try to modify hoverboard in any way.
- Do not jump off heights or go over 15 mph.
- Always keep a healthy distance from people and objects.
- Do not ride hoverboard if you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Handle Slopes with Caution
Though most hoverboards have a terrain setting to help adapt to different types of surfaces, it is important to understand that the hoverboard is really just a piece of machinery. So, just like a bicycle or motor vehicle, you can face unexpected obstacles and obstacles in your environment.
Hills and slopes can be hard enough to climb without having to worry about falling off your hoverboard. However, this is the one environment it is most important to keep control of your hoverboard. Any sudden or unexpected movements can result in loss of control. So exercise great caution and extra patience when attempting hills or slopes.
When going up a hill, do so by riding slightly ahead. Push off a smaller incline to get your speed going up, then immediately turn on the hoverboard and go straight up.
Going down climbs is a bit more difficult. You should push down the smaller incline to increase your speed and gather speed before going around the small incline and continuing down the hill.
Note: We reiterate that it doesn’t matter if you are going slower than a normal bike or going faster than a sports car. Bad judgment can result in a fall. Good judgment and a little extra caution can avoid accidents and ensure safe riding.
Watch Your Hoverboard Speed
The aftermath of the tragic news stories about hoverboard accidents caused by fires has drawn the attention of the US government. The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the sale of hoverboards – also know as self-balancing scooters, two-wheel scooters, or smart balance boards – with lithium-ion batteries that are larger than two inches in length and an inch in diameter. More specifically, the government concerns over hoverboards with defective battery packs that may overheat and possibly catch fire.
Now, most hoverboards are electrical devices and are required to meet US Law. So the vast majority of hoverboards are not going to present a safety risk. Certain overpriced versions of the gadget do pose an increased risk of danger as they feature a very powerful lithium ion battery.
On the market, most hoverboards feature smart technology, which turns off the gadget if the operator is getting unruly. Thus, if you want to make sure that you use a certified, safe gadget, go for the gadget that has an automatic cut-off and you will be fine. But if you decide to buy one from a dubious vendor, be sure to check that the battery is not faulty. Nonetheless, the hoverboard will start to vibrate, which is a sign that its battery is defective.
When your hoverboard flames out, don’t think of it as a cause for disappointment.
Wear Hoverboard Safety Gear
If you’re out on the road and taking your hoverboard for a ride, you need to wear safety gear. For this, you have a few options.
The simplest is to wear a helmet. While many helmet options are bulky, not everyone prefers to wear helmets while they skate.
Another option would be to strap on wrist guards.
The third option is to put on knee pads for extra protection.
Hoverboard injuries occur mostly because of falls or when riders lose their balance. Falling to the ground while wearing armor can happen to skaters with or without hoverboards.
So, wear the appropriate gear, especially on uneven or wet surfaces. You can also be smart and learn to skate without any gear at all, but in the long run, you can have a more enjoyable ride and stick to it if you wear protection.
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Know Where to Ride Your Hoverboard
Technically speaking, hoverboards are not scooters, but a variant of the skateboard. Therefore, there’s no reason to ride them through the park. They perform best on a smooth surface with minimal bumps and cracks. Even low-speed bumps will cause instability, which can be hazardous.
If you think that you can navigate through the surface around your house, try it out before pulling off a hoverboard trick. You’ll know the surface you need as soon as you jump on. You’ll either ride smoothly and comfortably, or you’ll feel jiggles. Be wary of objects on the surface, like twigs, stones, and patches of ice.
It’s best to ride in a parking a lot, particularly one that’s smooth and flat. Skate parks are another good place to apply your skills.
Stay Safe While Riding a Hoverboard at Night
A hoverboard is an electronic device that is self-balancing. It consists of a platform and two footpads. It has no handle, so it is flat on top. To keep the hoverboard balanced, there are gyroscopes that are set in motion by leaning the rider weight in either direction.
Hoverboards, are also known as the self-balancing scooters or smart balance wheels. They are the one of the latest rage in toys. They have built-in microprocessors to keep the vehicle balanced and are powered with batteries.
The electric skateboard is in essence self-balancing and contains a gyroscope that helps to balance it.
It’s very easy to ride a hoverboard. However, it’s not that simple to ride it perfectly. It requires good balance, skill, and practice, in order to get the board moving easily.
Practice, Practice, Practice
When learning how to ride a hoverboard, the key is to practice and practice. As with anything else, the more you practice, the more fluid you will become with the process.
A Hoverboard Is Not a Skateboard
If you’re looking to learn how to do tricks on your hoverboard, you may have searched online for “hoverboard skateboard tutorial” or even “hoverboard skateboarding tutorial”. Although this makes logical sense, the two hoverboard styles are extremely different.
A hoverboard is a self-balancing scooter. It is designed to be ridden inside on hard surfaces or outside onphalt. It is not designed for being used on hard, smooth ground surfaces. A skateboard is a miniature longboard. Designed to be ridden on smooth surfaces, it’s usually equipped with four wheels and a long, flat deck that slopes downward from back to front.
Using a longboard skateboard on an outside surface is possible in theory, but it’s never a good idea. Longboard skateboards are made for slick hard ground surfaces. Your skateboard will eat up the outdoors, causing huge problems.