Hoverboards are a fun alternative to skateboards, longboards, and roller blades, but not everyone is comfortable riding them. This beginner's guide will walk you through the basics of hoverboarding safety and how to ride a Hoverboard in few steps
The first thing you should know is that safety equipment is required when riding a hoverboard, especially if you're a beginner. You'll need the following items:
- A good helmet is essential.
- Wrist protectors
- Knee protectors
- Elbow braces
- A tailbone protector, which is essentially a pair of padded shorts, is also available.
You should also get shoe lights if your hoverboard does not have any lights (most do). Riding in low light necessitates the use of lights so that you can see and other people and vehicles can see you.
As previously stated, most people do not naturally ride a hoverboard. Even if you've ridden skateboards before, a hoverboard is unlike anything you've ever experienced. You're going to fall at some point during this process, so make sure you're wearing safety gear and in a wide, open area. Here's a step-by-step guide to using a hoverboard:
- Make sure your hoverboard is on a level, flat surface.
- An even surface is the best place to begin because it removes other potential obstacles.
- Activate the hoverboard.
- If you try to get on it before it's turned on, the self-balancing function will be disabled.
- Step onto the hoverboard with one foot.
- It makes no difference which one you choose. Place your foot as close to the steering wheel as possible.
- Place the other foot on the hoverboard.
- Make a wide stance by putting your other foot on the board close to the other wheel. This provides the most stability.
- Stay still and maintain a straight posture.
- Stay still and straight as you get used to the sensation of balancing. You're ready to start moving once you've gotten comfortable.
What Is A Hoverboard And How Do I Ride One?
Make sure your hoverboard is fully charged before going on your first ride and actually moving. Relax as much as possible and take it slowly at first.
Here are some pointers on how to ride a hoverboard:
- To advance or retrace one's steps.
Lean slightly in the direction you want to go (forward or backward). Keep your waist straight so that you're only moving your ankles.
- To take a left.
Shift your weight in the opposite direction you want to go by pushing your right toe forward. Maintain a horizontal position with your other foot. If the foot stuff is confusing, you can also lean very slightly in the direction you want to go.
- To take a right.
Step forward with your left toe. You shift your weight in the opposite direction of where you want to go, just like when turning left.
- To go around in a circle.
Push your right toes down while lowering your left ankle to spin left. Push your left toes and right ankle to the right to go right.
You should be cautious the first time you try it because the further you push your toes, the sharper your movements and turns will be.
When riding a hoverboard up a hill, there is no real "trick" to controlling it except to be cautious. Hoverboard specifications will usually tell you how steep of a slope it can handle, but it's not like you'll be able to tell whether the hill in front of you is too steep or not. To get the hang of it, start with very slight inclines at very slow speeds when you're first getting started.
How to Accelerate and Decelerate
Hoverboards can travel at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour, but how do you get them to do so? When you lean forward slightly on a hoverboard, it will continue to accelerate as long as you keep leaning forward. If you have a speed-limiting mode enabled, it will only go as fast as those limits allow. If no speed limit is set, the board will continue to go until it reaches its maximum speed. Many hoverboards will beep when you get close to the top.
It's time to slow down if you hear that warning beep. If you don't, the hoverboard motors may shut down, causing you to fall off. How do you come to a halt? Stop leaning forward in your seat. Straighten your back and lean back slightly, but not so far that you begin to fall backward. Your speed will gradually slow down until it is low enough for you to exit.
What Is The Best Way To Get Off A Hoverboard?
It can be difficult to get off a hoverboard. It's very easy to wipe out if you do it too quickly or leap off.
- Here's how to dismount safely:
- Transfer your weight to your stronger foot.
- With your other foot, take a backward step off the board.
- Completely remove yourself from the board.
Now that you know how to ride a hoverboard, what are some things you should avoid doing? Don’t:
- Bend your knees
When you first get on a hoverboard, it's tempting to bend your knees to avoid falling, but bending can mess up your weight distribution on the board. You should stand as straight as possible to ensure that your weight is evenly distributed on the hoverboard.
- Take a look down
When riding a hoverboard, you don't need to see your feet; instead, you need to see what's in front of you. Staring at your feet can also be perplexing and throw you off.
- Riding on terrain for which you are unprepared
If you're new to hoverboarding, stay on the smoothest, most even paths until you've gotten the hang of it. If you have an off-road hoverboard, you may be itching to get out on the sand and gravel, but you should first master the fundamentals before moving on to more difficult terrain.
- Experiment with skateboarding tricks
Skateboards are designed for high-flying tricks and are flexible. Hoverboards, on the other hand, are not. Don't try to fly off ramps with your hoverboard at the skate park. Hoverboards are designed to travel rather than flip through the air. You can find hoverboard tricks on the internet, but you shouldn't try them until you're more than comfortable just riding the board and have all of the necessary safety equipment.
Learning to ride a hoverboard is a skill, and as with most skills, the more you practice, the better you will become. When learning how to use a hoverboard for the first time, it's best to start with the fundamentals.
The first step is to learn how to safely get on and off a hoverboard. Before you step on the board, make sure it's turned on and the self-balancing feature is activated. Once you've mastered that, start going forwards and backwards at a pace that feels natural to you. Before attempting turns at higher speeds, practice turning at slower speeds
You can start going faster once you've gotten a feel for your board and understand its responsiveness. Learning to ride a hoverboard for the first time can be difficult at first, but with practice, it becomes second nature. When riding, always wear the appropriate safety equipment and pay attention to your surroundings and the people around you.