Top 8 Electric Scooter Safety Tips

Electric Scooter Safety Tips

Electric scooters offer a transportation option for individuals who do not have their own vehicles. Electric scooters can provide benefits to users, however care must be taken to ride safely and avoid injury.

Advantages of Electric Scooters

  • Fast travel for short distances without a car
  • Shortened commutes without public transportation
  • Reduced emissions for a healthier environment
  • Reduced congestion and stress in large cities

How do Electric Scooters Work?

  1. Individual Electric scooter companies have their own apps
  2. In the app, riders find a code that is used to begin and end the trip
  3. Scooters are picked up anywhere they are found, and then the appropriate code is used
  4. Scooters may be left at the rider’s destination

Reporting by CNBC shows that emergency rooms are seeing a spike in visits due to e-scooter accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most common injuries include:

28% Soft tissue injuries and strains are also common. 28% of injuries are contusions, sprains, and lacerations without fracture or head injury.

Common Electric Scooter Injures

  • 45% HEAD INJURIES
  • 27% UPPER EXTREMITY FRACTURES
  • 12% LOWER EXTREMITY FRACTURES

WHO IS GETTING INJURED ON Electric Scooters?

The average age of those injured is between 29 and 33.

  • 29% First-time riders
  • 94% Riders not wearing a helmet
  • 8% Non-riders
  • 11% People under 18

Electric Scooter Safety Tips

Electric Scooter Safety Tips

  • Always follow the safety recommendations of the scooter company, Federal laws and local laws. Additionally:
  • Wear a helmet. Some States does not have helmet laws, however helmet use is key to avoiding injury.
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk if it violates local law. Always follow traffic laws when riding on the street.
  • Do not operate an electric scooter under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Wear good shoes. Shoes that slip or do not fit well can cause accidents.
  • Be vigilant. Watch for cars and pedestrians, and look out for potholes and other road defects.
  • Ride alone. Additional passengers can affect the operation of the scooter.
  • Check the scooter before riding. Scooter defects like brake failure can lead to accidents.
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