Self balancing scooters are also called hoverboards and hands-free scooters, and they’re a popular mode of transportation these days. A self-balancing scooter consists of a flat board with wheels at each end. Embedded in the board are sensors that detect changes in the way the rider leans or shifts his or her weight. The boards may look easy to use, but most people find that it takes some practice to learn to control them well. The following are some tips for learning to ride a hands-free scooter.
Getting On The Board
Mounting the board is the first challenge for a new user. Start by stepping on the board with your dominant foot, and make sure you have something to hold on to. The board will move underneath you, and you’ll feel unstable until you’re accustomed to it. When you’re ready, step on with the other foot. Try to make sure your feet are centered on each side of the board and that each foot is bearing approximately the same amount of weight. Keeping your posture straight will improve your balance.
Moving In A Straight Line
The easiest way to move on a scooter is straight ahead. Once you feel stable standing straight, shift your weight forward to the front of your feet, and this will propel the board forward. Some users describe it as moving the ankles forward and shifting the weight to the ball of the foot. However, you don’t want to lift your heels from the board. Going backwards requires shifting the weight from the front of the feet into the heels.
The next move is a turn to the left or the right. There are two ways to turn, and both are equally effective. Some users push down with the front of one foot; for example, pushing down with the front of the right foot only will cause the board to turn to the right. Another method is to lean the whole body to the left or right. To turn around, push the front of one foot forward and the heel of the other foot back at the same time.
Once you’ve mastered these three basic operations, you’ll be ready to learn more complicated moves and tricks. For the best results, make sure to invest in a reputable brand of scooter.