If you’ve been in any major US city recently (or even some international cities), you’ve probably seen electric scooters zipping around town. With industry heavy hitters like Bird and Lime valued in the billions, the electric scooter rage may be more than just a fad.
But as more scooter riders take to the streets, more scooter-related injuries are happening too. One Consumer Reports study found that around 1,500 people had been injured or killed in scooter accidents in just a year, and that number is expected to increase as scooters gain popularity.
Of course, electric scooters are popular for a reason. On a practical level, they can speed up getting from point A to point B without a car, but they’re also just plain fun. Even with safety concerns ramping up, it doesn’t look like electric scooters are going anywhere.
If you’re planning to try scooters for yourself, though, there are things you can (and should) do to maximize your safety and avoid injury. To help, our safety team at ASecureLife compiled a list of our best tips for staying safe on a scooter.