Many would argue today is a soft world…
People live in fear, get scared easily, and have drastically changed their lives based off a few rumors.
Safe to say you can blame the news and media. All you hear is negativity and sad stories.
Because fear makes it easier to control people.
So when ‘Is electric skateboarding dangerous?’ popped up as one of the top e-board questions on Google, I wasn’t surprised.
But in hindsight, rolling at 20 mph down a busy street with a motorized device that requires good balance is a pretty scary thought.
And especially for parents, the last thing they want is to see their kids get hurt riding on an electric skateboard.
Let’s take a look into the risks and dangers of riding an e-board.
What Causes Accidents And Injuries?
Accidents happen in every aspect of life.
There are precautions you can take, but sometimes fate is not in your own hands.
Here are the most common causes of accidents on an electric skateboard.
Whether it’s fog, rain, or nighttime, not being able to see what’s in front of you is a dangerous game.
And it’s not just what you can’t see, but what others can’t see as well. The last thing you want is a car or pedestrian to smack into you.
If you do encounter a low visibility situation, go slow and walk if you must.
Vehicle accidents happen every day and cause 1.3 million deaths every year worldwide.
Sharing the road with machines that weigh well over 2,000 pounds and move at speeds 25 mph and up quite a scary thought because they can cause so much damage.
Always be aware of vehicles when riding.
Make sure they can see you and always ride on the right side of the road if you can.
It’s hard to keep your balance on a skateboard as it is already. Add a bumpy road or uneven pavement to the equation and you’ll see how hard it’ll be to not fall off.
Always avoid potholes and ride on smoother surfaces if possible.
To combat this issue you should maybe invest into an all-terrain board or all-terrain wheels.
Not Following Traffic Laws
Just because you’re on an electric skateboard, doesn’t mean traffic laws don’t apply to you.
Traffic laws were made for a reason, to keep everyone on the road and general area safe.
That means stopping at red lights, yielding to yield signs, riding on the right side of the road, and all the other rules of the road!
Not following traffic laws could get you hurt but it could also land you in trouble with the police…
Stay off your phone and avoid listening to music while going for a ride.
Also avoid day dreaming too much. Look at the scenery and nature of your ride but always keep your mind on what’s in front/around you so you avoid getting hurt.
Moving Too Fast
Speed kills, period.
And although the fastest electric skateboards have a top speed of 25 mph, that’s still very fast and you can get seriously hurt. (Remember, this isn’t a car)
I’m all for pushing the limit, but there’s a place and time for everything.
Use your better judgement and slow down if you’re unfamiliar with the area.
If you do wish to punch it, do so in an open area, smooth pavement, with no one around.
Electric skateboarding is an outdoor activity.
Which means it’s best performed on nice sunny days.
Bad weather conditions like rain, sleet, and snow make it very hard if not impossible to ride your board.
Slippery conditions are extremely dangerous.
I can attest because I’ve had a few hard falls.
No Safety Gear
Common sense guys…
Injuries have been proven to be greatly reduced if you wear the proper safety gear like helmets, padding, sneakers, long clothing.
Imagine falling off your board and sliding 10 feet. No protection could mean broken bones, fractures, and a nasty road rash.
Falls are going to happen. It’s your job to prepare for them!
We’ve all been there…
Whenever starting something new, you’re more likely to fail at it.
Nothing against anyone, that’s just the way life works.
If you’re just starting out, take it a little slow and get the feel/balance for riding. Rushing into things is a good way to get hurt.
For you newbies who don’t know what this is, don’t worry you’ll find out pretty quick…
It’s caused by moving too fast on a skateboard, to the point where the board shakes and wobbles back and forth uncontrollably.
It’s quite a scary phenomenon and if you don’t slow down quickly, you’re going to take an extremely hard fall…
How Can I Stay Safe?
Preparation is everything.
A lot of things are dangerous and life but the best thing you can do is educate yourself and put yourself in the best situation if things go wrong.
Electric skateboarding is no exception.
Make sure you do the following before stepping on your electric skateboard:
- Put on a quality helmet and padding
- Wear sneakers close-toed shoes
- Check that the weather is good to ride
- Use lights and a neon vest ( if it’s nighttime)
- Know where you’re riding to and who you’re meeting up with
- Bring a form of communication i.e. cellphone
Is Electric Skateboarding More Dangerous Than Regular Skateboarding?
In a way… yes, they are more dangerous.
You can hit a top speed of about 9 mph on a regular skateboard.
But some electric skateboards can hit almost 30 mph or more!
But you can also argue that electric skateboards have brakes, making it safer and easier to control a descent down a hill or stop very quickly in the face of danger.
Are Electric Skateboards More Dangerous Than Electric Scooters
Although the two are very similar in terms of riding on the street and their speed, you have more control and balance on a scooter. This is due to the handlebars.
On an electric skateboard, you must maintain a strong and solid base. Even if you do, you can still fall off by the smallest bump or crack in the road…
E-scooters are safer…
What Are The Safest Brands Of Electric Skateboards?
While I personally believe there are no ‘safest’ brands or manufacturers of boards, there are boards out there that are higher quality than others.
These e-boards will give you better control and performance, ultimately leading you to a safer journey with your board.
Here are my tops picks:
- Boosted Boards
So Is Electric Skateboarding Dangerous?
No, if you take the proper precautions electric skateboarding is not dangerous.
But the safety and responsibility ultimately comes down to you…
How many dumb drivers have you seen driving a car, cutting in front of people, speeding, and acting a fool?
More than likely, you see them every day! Those are the drivers that get into accidents, get hurt, and end up ruining it for other people.
Well, the same can be said for electric skateboarding.
Be that smart, respectful, and safe rider who takes safety into his/her own hands, and you’ll be just fine.