Hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters, provide a fun way to get from place to place. It doesn't need a sense of balance to make it work, but you do need a little practice.
Riding a hoverboard only takes a little practice. You don't want to jump on your hoverboard unprepared. Before you start moving, make sure you have the necessary safety equipment. The following items are recommended:
- Wrist guards
- Knee pads
- Elbow protectors
If you wrap yourself up well you can prevent a lot of injury. Keep in mind that most of these devices are capable of 10 up to the fastest even 20 kilometers per hour to travel.
While these aren't very impressive speeds for a car, they can be hugely dangerous on a hoverboard. It is important that you wear equipment to keep all parts of your body protected.
Once you're all set, get on your hoverboard and get ready for the next step!
How should you ride a Hoverboard?
Now you are ready to drive. Set up your hoverboard and observe the following steps:
- Place your hoverboard on a flat surface directly in front of you.
- Step on the hoverboard with one foot (whatever is most comfortable for you).
- Make sure the board is flat. It can be tricky to step on because the board will start to move as soon as it senses pressure.
- Stand on the board with the other foot.
- Try to place your feet as far apart as possible. This attitude gives you the most control.
Stand up straight and look ahead. You will likely feel a little uncomfortable at first and may even be tense. Just try to relax and focus on standing as normally as possible.
Congratulations! You have successfully mounted your hoverboard for the first time.
The next step is to get you moving. This requires leaning or gentle shifts of the weight by twisting your ankle up and down.
Pay attention when you start on your hoverboard. While leaning is necessary for movement, you only want to make small shifts in your weight. If you lean too far, you can and will fall off your plate.
Here are a few tips for getting around smoothly:
- Moving forward and backward: lean forward. Do not bend at the waist. The movement will usually be in your ankles.
- Turn: To turn your hoverboard, push your toes forward.
- To go left, push your toes down.
- To move to the right, push your toes down.
The further you push down, the sharper you will turn. For sharper turns, you can even push the toes down on one foot, while simultaneously pushing down the heel of the other foot. With enough practice, you can eventually use this technique to spin in a circle.
When you are done moving forward and turning, it is time to go through the steps of dismounting:
- Shift your weight to your dominant foot.
- Get off with your other foot.
- Do not jump off your hoverboard.
Many boarders find that the hardest part of learning to ride a hoverboard is the process of getting on and off. Keep practicing, this might be the only part with your board that you can practice indoors. Encourage yourself to get up and down calmly as if you were going up or down a flight of stairs.
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Is riding a Hoverboard difficult?
The hoverboard moves while you are standing upright. It takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. But remember - if you decide to jump on the hoverboard craze, start on a soft surface.
They certainly look great, but hoverboards can be a real nightmare.
YouTube is full of videos of people falling off and landing painfully on their backs. Even Bieber crashed when he got his.
Which side of the Hoverboard is the front?
The power button is located on the front of the hoverboard near the right side wheel. Other than that, Hoverboards don't actually have a front or back as you can ride them both ways.
Main image is from the original work New York SOHO from Juliano Mendes on Flickr under cc.