The Necessary Safety Tips Every Electric Skateboarder Needs
In the United States, there are up to 500 skateboarding parks for both casual and core skaters to use. But even with parks specifically designed for the raging wheels of a skateboard, skateboarders are still highly likely to experience injury.
According to a study conducted by The New York Times, skateboarders suffered more than 129,000 head and neck injuries over the course of 12 years. However, despite the number of injuries, skateboarders aren’t likely to stop boarding any time soon.
And why would they? Skateboarding, with proper safety precaution, is a great creative outlet with no age limit and new tricks can always be made and conquered. This is especially true with the newer additions of the electric skateboard, the electric longboard, and the all terrain electric skateboard.
But to keep skating, you need to first keep yourself safe. Therefore, to keep your electric skateboard and your body functioning in one piece be sure to take these safety tips in mind:
- Wear the necessary headgear. Wearing a helmet may not look the coolest, but it’s a necessary accessory of skateboarding and the professionals will tell you the same thing. Because skateboarders are so prone to head injury, a helmet may be the only thing to keep you safe from a concussion. Even if you’re not doing tricks on a motorized longboard or motorized skateboard, there’s always a risk of crashing. Keep your head safe and wear a helmet.
- Wear the other gear too. Helmets aren’t the only equipment you need to keep your body safe from the unforgiving smack of pavement. Wrap your wrists and knees in guards. Your skin will thank you later.
- Put on the right kind of sneakers. Regular sneakers aren’t enough for keeping you properly secure on your board. Be sure that the sneakers you wear have a good amount of ankle support and that soles are rubber. You want as much friction as possible when it comes to your feet and the surface of the skateboard.
- Know the surface you’re skating on. Without knowing the terrain you’ll be skating on, the surface of the road or sidewalk can be potentially dangerous to you. An unnoticed pothole could send you flying into the road.
- Only skate on dry pavement. Riding on wet pavement with an electric skateboard can make your gum tape lose its stickiness. It can also cause additional damage to the motor of your board. Stick to dry ground to keep your skateboard working and to keep yourself secure.
Because an electric skateboard is meant to be for transportation purposes rather than for tricks and stunts, it’s especially important to use the correct safety precautions. Being on an electric skateboard is similar to being on a motorcycle in terms of awareness. You’re not protected by metal and so you need to be extra cautious to ensure not just your safety, but also the safety of others.