Scooter safety guidelines
Most injuries result when riders fell from the scooter. Fractures and dislocations accounted for 29 percent of the injuries. Most of the fractures and dislocations were to arms and hands. Here are some good tips that all kids should follow when riding their scooters:
- Always wear safety gear: a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads.
- Always ride your scooter during the daytime.
- Stay away from sand, gravel, water and dirt. Try to keep your scooter on smooth surfaces.
- Always ride your scooter on the sidewalk or paved off-road paths. Stay away from cars or other vehicles.
The best investment against injury is protective gear which can cost less than $35.
Scooter Safety Guidelines
- Wear a helmet that meets CPSC's standard, along with knee and elbow pads.
- Ride the scooters on smooth, paved surfaces without any traffic. Avoid streets, or surfaces with water, sand, gravel or dirt.
- Do not ride the scooter at night.
- Wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards.
- Inspect your scooter regularly to ensure it's in good working condition, checking for loose parts or damaged components.
- Ride in designated scooter lanes or areas whenever possible, and follow all traffic rules and signals.
- Stay aware of your surroundings, including pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles, and use hand signals to indicate turns or stops.
- Avoid riding in adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snow, as these can make the scooter less stable.
- Keep a safe distance from vehicles and obstacles, and be prepared to brake or swerve if necessary to avoid collisions.
- Learn and practice proper scooter handling techniques, including how to brake and steer effectively.
- Avoid distractions while riding, such as using a phone or listening to loud music, as these can impair your awareness.
- Always yield the right of way to pedestrians and be courteous to other road users.