4 Essential Hoverboard Riding Tips
You've probably laughed at a few YouTube videos of people trying out hoverboards for the first time. The pain is real, no doubt, especially if you fall on concrete. You might have also come across videos or read something about "knock-off" batteries exploding, which makes hoverboards a little more intimidating. Still, hoverboards can be a lot fun and a really cool way to get around your neighborhood. If you're new to hoverboard riding, you'll certainly need all the safety precautions you can use. Here are 4 top precautions and tips on hover board riding:
Practice before getting on the road
Hopping onto a new overboard and just taking off is not recommended. You'll probably want to master few basic skills first, most importantly balancing. Not being able to maintain the right balance is one of the main reasons a lot of people fall off in their first attempt. How you feet on and off the board is also important--you must do it one foot at a time, with the dominant foot always going first. You must also make sure you're able to maintain a straight posture while on the hoverboard. Always looking straight ahead instead of down also helps you maintain good balance.
Wear safety gear
It's a good idea to wear protective gear, especially for the first few times you'll be using the hoverboard. That's mostly during your practice sections as you familiarize with the board. While it may look cool to ride the board without any safety gear on, the pain of falling will remind you otherwise. You'll want to protect your head, elbows and knees till you feel accomplished.
Know where to ride
You may, of course, ride in most places where skateboards and bikes can be used. Some cities have however banned the use of hoverboards on the streets, so you'll want to check with the local regulations. Cities like New York have banned them and slapped a heavy fine for using them on public streets, for understandable reasons.
Don't charge the battery overnight
Even if you purchase a high-end hoverboard with a certified battery, it's just not a good idea to leave it charging overnight. Most batteries will charge fully in about four hours, and if left plugged in for much longer, a battery explosion or fire could happen. It's okay to ride the hoverboard even when the battery isn't fully charged, just as we do with our phones.