Electric scooters provide an efficient means of travel without creating unnecessary noise pollution; however, safety can often be a concern among riders unfamiliar with local laws governing them.
Federal law dictates that two and three wheeled vehicles powered by motor or combination pedal/motor power can legally be driven up to 20 mph; however, state laws may differ accordingly.
Before your child can use a scooter, certain safety requirements must be fulfilled in order for them to use one safely. These requirements include knowing the age and weight recommendations for a specific model of scooter as well as your child’s maturity level and coordination skills in order to operate it safely.
Age requirements to ride an electric scooter vary between states and cities, though 16 is usually the upper age limit for most jurisdictions. New York requires helmets for all riders as well as restricting use on roads with speed limits of 30mph or greater and prohibiting their operation on sidewalks or bike lanes with speed limits greater than 30mph. North Dakota treats scooters similarly to mopeds requiring proper lights and brakes in accordance with moped laws while any juvenile aged 16 years or over may be treated as adults in case of violations; also remember it’s best practice not operating your e-scooter while texting, listening to music or using headphones while texting, listening or using headphones while operating an e-scooter while texting, listening to music or listening through headphones earbuds when operating an e-scooter.
Safety regulations when operating an electric scooter include wearing a helmet and keeping it standing when not in use. New riders should also consider wearing protective vests and gear such as protective arm bands to shield their bodies from potential threats like cars driving over them or pedestrians tripping them over.
Rule number two for riding an e-scooter safely is to avoid busy roads and only ride in areas with plenty of room for scooters. Riding an e-scooter through traffic can be dangerous and may result in severe accidents.
Avoid riding on sidewalks and beach paths as this puts pedestrians at risk of injury. Also important are obeying all traffic laws, yielding to pedestrians as you would to vehicles, reviewing these rules with your children prior to starting them on an e-scooter; the sooner they understand their significance the safer they will be!
California law mandates that anyone operating a scooter must possess a valid driver’s license; however, they don’t need to carry specific scooter insurance or register it with the DMV. Scooters may be used on Class II and IV paths as well as roads with speeds greater than 25 miles per hour (provided they remain under 15 mph), though they cannot be operated on sidewalks.
Lime and Bird recommend that all riders aged 18 or under wear helmets that fit and fasten properly when operating their devices, with adults also wearing them to minimize accidents. This regulation was created to protect riders, while as drivers, you have an obligation to leave sufficient distance when passing scooters on the road so as to not injure or kill someone accidentally if your scooter accidentally collides with someone on the road. Crosswalks are defined as street intersections where there are approximately right angles at street corners; riding an E-scooter in a crosswalk could incur a fine of $200 by state law.
Every scooter rider should adhere to some key safety measures when riding. First and foremost, always wear a helmet, which protects the head in case of an accident and could prevent serious injury or even death. Furthermore, consider purchasing shoes with covered toes and heels, along with elbow pads and knee pads as additional protective gear in the event of collision. When choosing where to ride safely for yourself it’s also essential that all traffic laws including stopping at stop signs, lights, speed limits are observed as well as stopping at stop signs/lights etc.
Avoid riding your scooter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs as these substances will impair your reaction time and control of the scooter. Furthermore, never ride while talking on your phone or texting as this is dangerous and illegal in many states. Also avoid riding it on wet or greasy surfaces as this could cause you to lose traction and control.