Did you receive a hoverboard as a present for Christmas or your birthday? Are you having a challenging time riding this popular accessory as a most novices do? Instead of gambling with the device and or using trial and error to master its system, follow these five tips for the best experience:
Before hopping onto a scooter and attempting to cruise into the sunset, the first thing that you should do is understand how a hoverboard works. Spare some time and read a few reviews. You should also find well-made home videos on hoverboard technology on YouTube and other media streaming websites that host such educational content free.
Generally, hoverboards are dual-wheeled accessory with an electrical motor that propels them automatically on various terrain. Most models are battery-powered; have a sensor and gyro-controlled self-balancing systems, and have board-mounted and pressure-activated foot pedals that work well.
As much as hoverboard are technologically advanced and has several built-in safety features (self-balancing system, over-speed protection, and well-wired electrical circuits), personal protection is a vital attribute that you must keep in mind. After you have learned about and understood how hoverboard work, it is advisable that you wear these protective costumes:
Helmet: For scooting enthusiasts, head injuries are common, often with debilitating consequences. Whether you are a professional or a novice hoverboard enthusiast, it is advisable that you wear a quality helmet whenever you are planning to ride your hoverboard. In the event of a fall, it will cushion your head from impact, and thus, lower the risk of debilitating brain injury.
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Knee Guards: Protect your knees from injury by wearing high-quality knee guards. Even though often ignored, these simple safety costumes will keep you safe.
Wrist and Elbow Guards: Before you ride a hoverboard, make sure that you protect your wrist and elbows using form-fitting wrist and elbow guards. These padded safety accessories absorb blows and impact well. They also protect the wrist and elbows from scratches and the debilitating fractures that most riders suffer
ButtSaver: When riding a hoverboard, falling on your back can a painful and life-threatening affair, particularly if you are a novice. Because such falls are inevitable, protect your butt and tailbone by wearing a quality ButtSaver.
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Getting on the Board
While there is no standard way of getting on to a hoverboard, these tips often come in handy, particularly for novices: first, before attempting to mount a hoverboard, make sure that it is of the highest quality and that all components are working as need. Its battery should be full. Its platform should be dry and its wheels in top condition for the best experience.
Next, locate a flat surface indoors or outdoors and orient your hoverboard well. While most people orient LED lights backward, their orientation does not matter, especially if you are riding during the day. Once the board is flat and stable, put your right or left leg on the furthest corner of the board (closes to its tire as possible) and get comfortable. Relax, loosen your other leg, and place it on the corresponding side of your hoverboard.
Ride the Board
Once mounted and well-balanced, riding a hoverboard is not as hard as many people think. With your center of gravity in the middle, shift your weight forward to propel your hoverboard forward. Its built-in sensors and board mounted controls will detect the change in orientation and propel it forwards automatically.
To reverse, shift your weight backward and let the board do the mandatory legwork. Finally, to make a smooth turn, twist forwards your foot that is opposite to the direction you want to turn. The change in pressure will spin the wheel faster and turn your board.
Ridding a hoverboard for the first time might be a challenging affair. If you fail, all you have to do is stop, relax, and follow the highlighted steps again, instead of throwing a temper tantrum. Practice makes perfect.
How to Get Better Performance
Hoverboards are electrical gadgets that require a fair amount of time to master. The get better performance, therefore, patience is of the essence. Instead of giving up, always appreciate failure. You should also consider failure a learning path and always strive to get better. Second, like other electrical gadgets, hoverboards are delicate accessories that require special care to work well.
While crushing is inevitable, try as much as possible to protect your hoverboard from hard-hitting impacts. You should also maintain all mechanical parts as directed to optimize performance.