10 Scooter Safety Tips for Children

More and more children scoot as a means of transport, as well as for fun. Following good scooter safety rules will help your children stay safe on those journeys. To help with teaching your children good safety habits, Micro Switzerland created Kick Scooters – The 10 Safety Rules – included in every Mini Micro and Maxi Micro box. Those rules are the basis of this blog, with 2 extra rules that we have found to be helpful. Safety is a priority for us and we know it is with your families as well.

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Here are Micro’s 10 rules + 2 additional ones. Below that is a short explanation of the each rule.

 

#1: Learn how your scooter works!  Read the instruction manual with your parents.

#2: Regularly inspect your scooter with your parents, and before each scoot

#3: ALWAYS wear a helmet when riding your scooter

#4: ALWAYS wear shoes (closed-toe) when riding your scooter

#5: Never touch your brake or wheels when scooting

#6: Do not scoot in the rain, snow, or extremely cold/hot conditions

#7: Do not scoot when it is dark, foggy, or otherwise difficult to see

#8: Always LOOK ahead to check the surfaces of the sidewalk to avoid uneven surfaces

#9: Don’t go too fast! Maintain a controllable scooting speed at all times

#10: Walk your scooter through busy or crowded areas (such as crosswalks) 

 

Plus 2 – Additional rules – ones that we have added to our own family’s rules.

 

#11: At intersections, get off your scooter and walk across the street, after checking ALL 4 streets of the intersection for oncoming cars. Never scoot across the street!

#12: Hopping OFF a scooter is a good way to avoid a fall – if you are losing your balance, or going too fast, remember that the ground is only an inch or two away, and you can hop off!!

 

Let’s start with safety tip #1:

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#1: Read instruction manual with parents & learn how to use your scooter

 

Make sure to read instruction manual with your parents prior to using the scooter.  Have your parents show you how to properly mount and dismount your new scooter.  Also, take time to familiarize yourself with the rear brake– make sure you can comfortably reach it!  Generally, try to learn as much as you can about your scooter or kickboard prior to hopping aboard.

 

As mentioned above, it is paramount that children become familiar with their scooter prior to riding outdoors. Ideally, children should try products out indoors in a safe, controlled environment with a parent or guardian nearby to gain balance and become familiar with the steering and braking.

 

 

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#2: Regularly inspect your scooter— with parents and before each scoot

Visually inspect your scooter prior to using it every day. Make sure that there are no missing or loose parts and that your wheels spin freely, by hand, before heading out. Make sure to have one of your parents visually inspect the scooter at least once per week.

 

Tip #2 is especially important if your child is a daily/frequent rider of the scooter.  Regularly inspecting your child’s scooter will not only ensure your kiddo stays safe, it will also maximize your scooter’s lifetime.  All parts are replaceable, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns about how your scooter is riding. Also, please contact us if you would like more information regarding maintenance of your scooter or kickboard:  info@kickboardusa.com

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#3: ALWAYS wear a helmet when riding your scooter

DON’T FORGET TO WEAR A HELMET! Never ride your scooter without proper headgear. We have helmets designed specifically for scooting, though any helmet used for bicycling and/or skateboarding should also work. Also, make sure you helmet fits snugly and is snapped/secured into place

 

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#4: ALWAYS wear shoes (closed-toe) when riding your scooter

Always wear shoes when scooting.  Sandals (and other open-toed footwear) do not count! We recommend sneakers or tennis shoes with lots of tread on the soles. Also, always make sure your shoes are tied (tight!) prior to hopping aboard your scooter

 

Though tips #3 and #4 might be easy to ignore on a hot summer afternoon, it is of the utmost importance that kiddos wear helmets and proper footwear whilst scooting.  Failure to wear proper footwear can result in serious injury to the rider, scooter, and/or nearby pedestrians.  Always wear proper headgear and footwear when scooting.

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#5: Never touch your brake or wheels when scooting

Once you’ve started scooting, do not touch the scooter’s brake or wheels—they can become HOT during use, especially during the summer or on warmer days. If you are concerned about a part of your scooter (and have been scooting), ask a parent or guardian to inspect the scooter for you

 

Regarding the tip above, the same holds true for our teen/adult offerings as well— do not touch the brake or wheels when in operation!

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#6: Do not scoot in the rain, snow, or extremely cold/hot conditions

Never scoot in the rain, snow, or extremely hold/cold conditions. It is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. It can also ruin your beloved scooter, as the scooters are not designed to be used in wet conditions!

 

We have found that kiddos strongly prefer scooting over walking— it’s faster and certainly more fun!  Thus, explaining to children how scooting in adverse conditions can actually damage their (beloved) scooter can deter them from this behavior.

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#7: Do not scoot when it is dark, foggy, or otherwise difficult to see

Never scoot when it’s dark out, foggy, or difficult to see. If you are not sure whether or not it’s too late to scoot, ask a parent or guardian. Scooting when it is too dark out is extremely dangerous, even with a scooter light equipped!

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#8: Avoid railroad tracks and other uneven surfaces

Avoid uneven scooting surfaces, such as railroad tracks and broken sidewalks; they can cause your scooter to get caught or broken, resulting in serious injury or even death. When crossing railroad tracks and other uneven surfaces, it is best to dismount your scooter and simply carry it (by hand).

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#9: Maintain a comfortable scooting speed at all times

Maintain a comfortable speed at all times. Always keep one foot near the rear brake (fender). If you cannot easily stop your scooter within (1) foot in front of you, you are going too fast! A parent or guardian can help you determine an appropriate speed. Also, hopping off of a scooter is the fastest way to stop.

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#10: Do not scoot in busy or crowded areas (such as crosswalks)

If you are passing through a busy or crowded crosswalk, it is safest for you and everyone around you to pick up and carry your scooter (by hand). Do not resume scooting until you have a clear path of at least 15 feet in front of you. And, always remember to wear a helmet!

 

Reviewing these safety tips above will help your kiddos stay safe aboard their beloved scooters and kickboards.  If you have any questions regarding the information above, please contact us:  info@kickboardusa.com or 888-236-5657 (toll-free, 9am to 5pm EST Mon-Fri)

 

One important final note about the condition of your child’s scooter and about replacement parts:  As your kiddos use their scooters over time, parts can and will wear down over time with standard use.  Thankfully, our scooters feature modular designs— this means that there are no welds and that each component is unique and replaceable.  Thus, whenever you need to replace a part on your scooter (think things like wheels, brakes, grips), doing so can usually be done so at home with relive ease.  We offer replacement parts on our website and also have YouTube videos which illustrate how to implement repairs.  If this is of any interest to you, following are links:

 

Replacement parts on Micro Kickboard website:  http://www.microkickboard.com/kick-scooter-replacement-parts

 

Micro Kickboard YouTube channel (instructional parts videos and fun media):  http://www.youtube.com/user/kickboardusa

 

Wishing you happy and safe scooting!

 

David Stebbins

Manager, Customer Service

Micro Kickboard

info@kickboardusa.com

www.microkickboard.com