What habits should the users of electric scooters develop?
Updated: Mar 6
With the technological advances and the climate changes, new alternative means of transport have been introduced, one of which is the electric scooter.
Where and How to Drive the Electric Scooter Properly
In order to circulate and be included in the traffic with the rest of the means of transport, the users of electric scooters should develop various habits and should meet several requirements in order to avoid risks both for themselves and for the pedestrians.
Electric scooters are vehicles driven by the force of an electric motor, while the rest of the unsustainable means of transport owe their mobility to an internal combustion engine. Although these vehicles move with an electric force, they continue to be classified as means of transport, therefore, they cannot be driven on sidewalks and pedestrian areas.
On the other hand, being too small and without any “cover”, they do not guarantee full security for its users. Therefore, users of electric scooters should not drive in unsafe places such as highways, nor in restricted and unauthorized areas.
In big cities, the best option is to drive along the bike lane in order to avoid risks and accidents.
The weather is one of the unpredictable things that affect our daily routine and especially when we have to transport from one place to another. Unlike the cars, the buses, etc., the electric scooters are vehicles without an external cover which can be an inconvenient when driving in adverse weather conditions (rain, snow, storms, etc.).
Most electric scooters are not designed to be used in these conditions. It is not recommended to use the scooter in the snow, as it is dangerous and can damage the battery. If the user drives in the rain, he/she must exercise special caution to reduce the risk of an accident.
Responsibility and Personal Safety
Apart from government regulations, electric scooter users themselves must apply and assume certain responsibilities for the proper use of the electric scooters.
Like any other means of transport, to ride the electric scooter, the user must have a certain personal protective equipment, such as the helmet and/or the protections for hands, elbows, knees, etc. Reflective clothing is essential if users decide to drive at night.
The electric scooters are vehicles designed exclusively to be used by only one person, therefore, users must not transport a second passenger.
The use of a mobile phone or headphones while driving is also not allowed, as it distracts the user and does not allow him to pay attention to the road.
Like any other transport vehicles, electric scooters should not be driven under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
How to Maintain the Electric Scooter
In order to function well and have a long lifespan, electric scooters must be maintained regularly.
Regardless of the type of motor used by the electric scooter, the different spare parts of which it is composed, sooner or later wear out and need a replacement. In order to postpone this moment, the engine and the spare parts must be cleaned regularly of the accumulated dust and dirt.
Unlike the wheels of other means of transport, those of electric scooters are smaller and wear out much faster and easier. Apart from the greater possibility of causing risks, the worn tire creates a greater risk of getting a puncture. One of the methods of delaying the wear of the tire is based on its inflation and more specifically on the pressure at which it is inflated. To prolong the lifespan of the tire, it is essential to inflate it to the pressure recommended by the scooter manufacturer and not to the maximum pressure printed on the tire.
As time passes, the capacity of the battery decreases, and this affects the distance range of the electric scooter.
To prolong its life, the battery must always be charged at the right time and always with the original charger to avoid damage and system failures. Overloading should be avoided as it shortens the battery´s life.
The scooter must be charged in a dry environment and without direct sunlight, never at temperatures below 0°C and/or above 45°C.
Storing and Cleaning
The proper storing and cleaning are other important elements of the good care of the electric scooter.
Before storing the electric scooter for a long period, it must be charged at least to 50-60%.
The scooter should always be stored in a dry environment to avoid being affected by unfavorable weather conditions such as humidity, cold, etc.
To clean the electric scooter, running water should not be used, nor corrosive and/or volatile chemical solvents to avoid damaging the scooter's appearance or its internal structure. The scooter must be cleaned frequently and with the use of a damp cloth, always covering the loading port.
At first glance, these requirements seem innumerable and impossible to fulfil, but they are the key if you want to enjoy your electric scooter for a long time. By fulfilling these requirements, you guarantee a long lifespan to your scooter and reduce your worries and risks when driving it.
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