How to ride an electric scooter

By John Oliver

January 29, 2020

Want to know how to ride an electric scooter?
An electric scooter is a fantastic gadget. Suitable for kids, teens, and adults, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Designed for users of all skill levels, they are ideal for the environment as they don’t produce harmful fumes.

Like any other vehicle, you need to learn how to control an electric scooter properly. Without the right skills, mistakes can lead to accidents.

In this post, we discuss how to ride an electric scooter safely, how to balance on an e-scooter, and more.

Is It Hard to Ride an Electric Scooter?

An electric scooter allows you to commute from home to work most conveniently. Perfect for the urban setting, it can help you go through a busy traffic road quickly as well as to complete your errands. Modern electric scooters are highly optimized to offer the best experience on a single charge.

They are safe to ride as the controls are easy to learn. But are electric scooters easy to ride? Yes, they are.

First, they are available in small sizes, making it easy for the rider to control. As such, riders can explore a new place with ease. Second, they have easy to use controls.

Electric scooters have a hand or foot brake, throttle, handlebars, and power switch. These controls are easy to master. In fact, most people master them in a day.

How to Ride an Electric Scooter Safely

Scooters are super fun, but if you are not careful, it can lead to severe injuries. A study by the University of California revealed that head injuries like concussion make up half of all reported injuries. Before getting started, you have to consider your safety. Being prepared can save you from injuries in case of an accident.

Personal Safety Tips

There are a couple of precautions you need to take before riding your electric scooter. The first thing you need to do is to bring along protective equipment. That includes a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and appropriate clothing. We also recommend running shoes that are not too tight.

Next, choose a scooter that matches your skill level and age. As a
beginner, don’t start with the fastest models. Pick something with a
relatively low-speed range like 10 MPH to 15 MPH.

Make sure that your electric scooter is fully charged. A majority of electric scooters have an LED display. Check the battery indicator to know the charge level. If it’s below 50%, charge until full. A lot of scooters provide a poor experience when the battery is below 50%.

Find a Secluded Location

While electric scooters are ideal for urban settings, as a beginner, we recommend finding a secluded place. The site should have little or no traffic and should be flat ground. This makes balancing and turning a little easier.

An empty parking lot is a great place to train yourself.

Riding Your Electric Scooter

To ride your electric scooter, flip the latch at the base of the steering column. This will unlock and raise the scooter to its upright position. Press the ignition switch to power up your scooter. If your scooter has an LED display, check the battery life indicator.

If the battery level is 50% or below, charge it. Most electric scooters have the hand brake on the handlebars. Others have a foot brake. After locating the handbrake, find the throttle. This allows you to increase or reduce power.

Remember, the throttle and handbrake are sensitive. Do not use too much force. If you are comfortable standing on the electric scooter, gently hit the throttle, and you are off. To stop the electric scooter, use the hand or footbrake and power off the scooter.

How to Ride Your E-Scooter Safely – Tips and Tricks

  • Before taking off, make sure the road in front of you is clear of potholes and other obstacles.
  • Place both hands on the handlebars, switch on the scooter, and using your free foot, give two or three gentle kicks.
  • Once you kick off, balance on the scooter, and continue to press the throttle gently.
  • If you lose control, don’t panic and grab the throttle. This will escalate the situation.
  • Instead, jump away from the e-scooter. Although your electric scooter is essential to you, your life is more important.
  • While sharing is caring, it’s prohibited for scooter riders to double up. E-scooters do not have enough room for the rider and passenger. Also, most scooters have a weight limit – 220 pounds. For your safety, do not add a passenger.
  • Don’t forget to practice with an experienced partner. For kids, ensure they have a qualified trainer.

How Old to Ride an Electric Scooter?

How old should you be to ride an electric scooter? In the past, this question was often asked by parents and guardians planning on buying an electric scooter for a young user. But today, adults are asking the same question.

Electric scooters are fun to ride. They are also trendy and save many people the trouble of sitting in traffic. Today, kids, even as young as five years, are keen on owning an electric scooter. But, the appropriate age to ride an electric scooter is 8 years and up.

What you need to know is that the age limit varies from state to state. It also differs from country to country. The laws keep changing. So, while it may be appropriate for your 5-year-old kid to ride an electric scooter in one state. He or she cannot ride one in another state.

It’s essential to read the manufacturer’s restrictions and age requirements before buying.

How to Balance on an Electric Scooter

If you are new to riding two-wheeled vehicles, balancing on the vehicle can be tricky. The good news is, with a few hours of practice in an empty parking lot, you will be on the road cruising in style. To balance on your e-scooter, follow these six steps.

Step One

Transport your electric scooter to an open practice area, preferably an empty parking lot.

Step Two

Put on your protective equipment – helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, running shoes, and clothing. Make sure they fit snugly.

Step Three

Unfold your electric scooter, hold the handlebars, and stand on your electric scooter with one foot. Lean your e-scooter from side to side. This will allow you to feel its weight.

Step Four

Power your scooter by pressing the throttle backward gently until the scooter starts moving. Place your other foot on the platform, and you are off.

Step Five

If the electric scooter begins to lean to the right, turn the handlebars to the right. This will counter its lean. If it leans to the left, turn the handlebars to the left. This will keep the scooter upright thanks to the rake and trail of the front fork.

Step Six

Practice riding in a straight line. Once you can do so consistently, try making a few light turns. Do not turn the handlebars with force when making turns. Also, do not accelerate unnecessarily. Maintain constant speed through the corners.


Before you buy or learn how to ride an electric scooter, there are a couple of questions you need to answer. First, are you allowed to ride an e-scooter with or without a license? Second, are you allowed to ride on sidewalks and bike lanes? Third, what hand signals should you use when joining traffic? Having answers to these and more questions ensures you comply with the law.

Remember, never ride an e-scooter with only one hand. It’s dangerous to you and other road users.

John Oliver

About the author

Electrical Engineer and father of two. John shares the love of electrical scooters, hoverbords and electric bikes with his kids and his readers here at

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