Safety

Electric Skateboards are fun! But they are also fast and require caution even in areas where there are no other road users. There are certain safety measures that each rider needs to take.

We put together

a few tips about how to protect yourself

make sure you get home safely from your awesome rides!

Wear a helmet

A helmet is a total must, on every ride, even if it’s “just crossing the street”. No excuses.

Wear additional protective gear

The more the better. Wrist pads or gloves, elbow pads and knee pads are a big plus. Especially if you’re a beginner or ride at extreme speeds, full-length clothes and body armour is very much recommended. And you know what - it even looks cool!

Do basic maintenance regularly

Make sure to test the brake function before each ride to ensure it works. Use a T-Tool to tighten up wheels after a few kilometres of riding.

Make sure you’re being seen

Use electric board lights and also put a light on your helmet or upper body when riding at night. Wear bright colors, fluorescent colors or even clothes with retro-reflective strips.

Be cautious

Slow down when you see other people or vehicles, give everyone else right of way. Don’t ride when the road is wet and don’t listen to music while you’re on your skateboard.

Don’t ride beyond your skill level

Both in terms of where you ride and at what speed. It’s ok to ride slowly. You may not have spent 1000 hours on an electric skateboard like “the cool guy” in the Youtube video.

Plan for the worst case scenario

Bring a first aid kit with you, a phone, a card where the phone numbers of your parents are written down. Make sure you have sufficient insurance coverage.

Don’t let inexperienced riders

riders on your board. And even if they just want to ride a few meters, make them wear a helmet.

Don’t go near oncoming traffic

And try to stay away from cars and trucks as much as possible. Don’t forget that most people think that you ride a normal skateboard and don’t expect you to ride at 20 mph uphill.

Be careful

when letting young children ride. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported that young children have poor balance, overestimate their skills, are not experienced with critical thinking and space-distance judgment, are less coordinated, show slower reaction times and more. Make sure to supervise your kids closely if they ride an electric skateboard and never let them ride on roads or other dangerous places.

Some additional information

Always be ready for your board to lose power or braking, either due to radio interference, a dead remote battery, unintentional release of the dead man’s switch, downhill overcharging on a full battery, or other factors.

Your board’s brakes may fail when used with a full battery because regenerative braking will overcharge your battery. To prevent this from happening, do not start out a downhill ride on a full battery. Tide on a flat surface or uphill until you have used 3% of your battery’s capacity before attempting to go downhill. We recommend learning how to manually footbrake before taking your Meepo board downhill or riding at speed. Watch this tutorial: 

We just want to mention this again: ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET. Other safety gear like gloves, pads, and long sleeves, is highly recommended. Never ride in water, wet surfaces, in the rain, on slippery or uneven surfaces, on steep hills, in traffic, over cracks, train tracks, gravel, rocks, or any obstacles that could cause a loss of traction. Avoid night riding, areas with poor visibility, and narrow spaces.

WARNING: Do not ride a Meepo board at speeds that exceed your ability to stop under your own power. In the event of wireless interference or a battery problem, you may need to rely on skating techniques like footbraking or sliding to stop. All riders should know how to footbrake before taking their Meepo boards up to speed.

WARNING: Please keep your remote OFF whenever you step off the board in order to prevent injury due to unintended acceleration.

Being safe is a lifestyle that ensures you will enjoy many more fun skateboard rides.