Before each ride check and adjust as necessary:
- tightness of quick release levers, nuts and bolts
- tyres air pressure (recommended tyre pressure is on each tyre)
- tyres if not damaged
- brake function
- brake pads and their contact with rims
- brake cables
- lights function if riding in dark
- Always wear a helmet
- Follow all traffic and safety laws, rules and ordinances (see RTA safety advice adn law below)
- For turning signal, use your leg
- Keep your both hands on handlebar
- While braking try to keep your center of gravity low
- Many parkings and side streets have speed bumps installed. The height of some of them might be higher than the clearance of your scooter. If you hit it you can scratch the bottom of the footplate (that is not any issue because the footplate is reinforced underneath) or you might suddenly stop and fall down. So keep that in mind.
- Lern to change legs
- Get used to the balance and feel of steering and brakes
- You can ride in whatever clothes you are wearing and no greasy chains or sprockets to soil or catch. :-)
- Recommended shoes are running shoes with a low heel and better with stiff sole.
- We also recommend padded biking gloves as they absorb unpleasant vibrations when riding on rough surfaces. All the scooters have very good grips to absorb the vibrationas well.
- Is better to avoid skirt hems and trouser legs as that might end up between the spokes.
- Avoid loose shoelaces
RTA Safety advice
On the footpath, riders of foot scooters should ensure their riding does not threaten pedestrians, especially the elderly. They may need to slow down or dismount in busy areas.
In the interests of safety and enjoyment, foot scooters are best ridden in recreational areas designated for their use.
- Foot scooter riders should wear a helmet and protective gear such as knee and elbow pads
- The use of foot scooters on the road is not recommended for school-aged children or younger
What the law says
A pedestrian includes "a person in or on a wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy". This includes rollerblades, a skateboard, scooter, unicycle or similar wheeled device;
Foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades may be ridden on footpaths unless there are signs that specifically prohibit them. However, riders must keep to the left and give way to other pedestrians.
- Powered foot scooters cannot be registered and therefore can only be used on private land.
- On separated bicycle and pedestrian paths, foot scooter riders must use the section designated for bicycles, but must keep out of the path of any bicycle.
- Foot scooters can be used on the road only during daylight hours. They cannot be used on roads with a dividing line or median strip or a speed limit greater than 50km an hour, or a one-way road with more than one marked lane.
Source: Transport, Road & Maritime Services - RTA website (Australia)