Self-balancing scooters are really cool, convenient, and fun to use too. These self-balancing scooters also known as Hoverboards are quite a recent phenomenon and they have hit the market with a huge splash. The self-balancing scooter is making an impact like the Segway never did. People really hated the Segway because it was awkward and goofy, however the self-balancing scooter seems to be faring much better in terms of public opinion.
The reason for a good public opinion about the self-balancing scooter may be because it looks better than a Segway, goes faster, is easier to ride, and they just look much better than Segways too. These self-balancing scooters are great for anyone to add to their personal technology ,collection or to their personal transportation device collection too. It’s really great as a transportation device but they make really good toys too; they are both fun and practical.
Another reason that these self-balancing scooters have become so popular is because many celebrities have been seen riding them and endorsing them too, celebrities like Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy too. You may however be wondering how you actually ride on of these things and that’s what we are here for. Keep reading and find out some great tips concerning how exactly the self-balancing scooter is operated.
1. Getting On The Scooter
Of course the first thing that you are going to need to do when you want to ride one of these self-balancing scooters is get on the scooter. You have to put one foot on at a time, it’s like pants, you don’t just jump into your pants with both legs at once so keep that in mind. You are going to want to find something to hold on to as you put your first foot on the scooter. Once your first foot is on their slowly shift your weight on to that foot and at the same time place your other foot on the other footpad; now you are ready to go!
2. Begin By Standing Still
One of the first things that you are going to want to do before you attempt to actually move on the Hoverboard is to stand still for a set amount of time and just get the feel for how to balance while standing still. The best bet is to get on it and then stand still for around 30 seconds before attempting to move because that is about how long it takes the brain to calibrate your own balance and stop your legs from wobbling.
3. Practice Your Balance
Now it’s time to move away from the thing that you were originally holding and move towards another objet you can hold on to; just from one object to the next that you can hold on to. A good idea is to try and go beside a wall because then you can use your hands to stabilize yourself. Another good idea is to have the people circle a care because then they can slowly learn how to turn and move forward while still having something to hold on to. One thing that needs to be learnt quickly is how to turn in place; many people may thing that you have to make wide and arching turns when that is definitely not the case.
3. Start Moving Forward
Now that you have worked on your balance and movement skills you can start to work on moving forward; this is done by leaning forward very slightly. Practice this until you can increase your speed without falling; in the beginning you will probably fall or wobble around a bit but you will get the hang of it quickly. The way to move forward is to lean forward, to stop or slow down shift from leaning forward to a perfectly upright position, and to move backwards lean back slightly. To turn just push your weight down in the direction that you want to go. A good way to practice speeding up and moving forward is by having someone walk beside you and if you begin to teeter or fall then the person should grab you and lift up a little to fix the problem. A rider will probably fall anywhere from 4-6 times while getting the hang of it.
4. Practice Textures
The next thing for you to do is figure out how to turn quickly while going fast as well as how to navigate your way up and down hills, as well as over cracks, dirt, grass, and various other terrains. One tip is to get up hills you will have to lean forward significantly.
5. Getting Off The Self-Balancing Scooter
The last part of the equation is how to get off of the self-balancing Hoverboard without falling. What you are going to want to do is slowly balance your weight on one foot while standing still, just like the way you got on. Slowly shift your weight to one foot and then take the other foot off and place it firmly on the ground and shift your weight on to that foot. This is quite a dangerous part because what needs to be noted is that you cannot jump off of it with both feet at once like people do with a skateboard; you need to do it one foot after the other. If you try to jump off with both feet at once you will most likely fall and injure yourself.
What also needs to be said quickly is that you should probably wear some protection if it is your first time. No, not that kind of protection! We mean helmets and elbow/knee pads to protect your head and joints. You also probably want to wear long sleeves, long pants, and gloves of some sort too; road rash from pavement or asphalt really hurts!