Scooters are great fun, and make so much sense as an inexpensive and smart way to cruise around town. But it’s good to get a handle on the rules of the road, both legal and social, before you get cruising.
Know The Local Laws
The first step to a safe electric scooter experience is making sure you’re in compliance with your state’s rules. Since regulations governing e-scooter ownership vary from state-to-state, make sure you are getting the correct information. Like in Colorado you can operate electric scooters that have a maximum speed of 30MPH in the bike lanes. And in Oregon you don’t need a special license to drive a scooter. Check with your local DMV to make sure you are all good to hit the road.
Protect Your Brain
As a kid, I feel like at some point all of us have had “WEAR YOUR HELMET!” yelled at us by one adult or another. As uncool as it might have seemed at the time, it’s actually a very good advice. It is scientifically proven, on scooters, bikes, and motorcycles that wearing a helmet will save your life. Beyond helmets, other safety gear like wrist guards, goggles, heavy jackets/pants, boots and gloves will help keep you from getting too roughed up in the event you go down with your scooter.
Be Road Ready
To a first-timer, riding an e-scooter in traffic may seem a little daunting but in reality it couldn’t be further from that. All it takes is a few simple safety tips you and you can hit the road with the confidence of the pro. One of the most basic pieces of advice is to always be aware of your surroundings. By practicing vigilance and taking into account what the driver ahead of you and behind you are doing you can tailor your responses accordingly.
Another good tip is when you are planning to turn, always use you’re your signals and when you make your move, be sure to look both ways to avoid cars, pedestrians, or cyclists.
Finally, it’s hard not to stress the importance of lights. The 2.0 was designed to always have its front and rear lights on. This cuts any risk of your possibly forgetting to turn them on at night, and gives you a little extra flair to make daytime drivers pay attention to you.
Staying safe on your GenZe 2.0 is easy if you follow your state rules, wear protective gear, and pay attention to traffic. After all, having fun shouldn’t also mean having to be dangerous.