Lifesavers come in various forms. There’s a candy with a hole in the middle. Then there’s an inflated hoop to help keep a swimmer afloat on the water. But there’s a kind of lifesaver that can literally save one’s life – from a potential accident.
Riding the e-scooter can be loads of fun. But the fun shouldn’t be short-lived or cut abruptly. So, even if you’re just using an electric scooter for buying a few things at a mom and pop store, or a big burger at fast food joint, which is just a kilometer or two away, your safety is of prime importance. And there are different types of helmets for motorcycles and scoters that you can use.
You instinctively know what would put your commute at high risk. Will riding at night and/or riding during poor weather conditions put your safety at risk? While you can use your electric scooter on wet roads – if you have solid tires - it’s not advisable to ride your e-scooter when there is a downpour.
Take note, some cities in Australia do not allow e-scooters on footpaths. So where does that leave you? It is not advisable to ride your electric scooter on high traffic roads that do not have bike lanes. The hazard is real. What to do? First and foremost, you need protection. While your whole body needs protection, the most sensitive and vulnerable part of your body, your head, needs the most hard-wearing ‘armor’ to deflect possible injury in case of unexpected collision. Wearing a sturdy helmet is a non-negotiable, especially because your life is valuable.
They are the head’s protective gear against fatal onslaught to the head. Wearing one dates as far back to the Trojan war and Wonder Woman’s Amazonian training in Paradise Island (remember those movies?) So many variations have been invented, with enhancements and improvements done, since then.
Wearing a helmet that is appropriate is important. Before you buy one, measure the size of your head. How do you do that? Starting at an inch above your eyebrows, measure the circumference of your head. Helmet sizes are in centimeters. Repeat until you get an accurate and consistent result. Try on a couple of helmets at the store to get the best fit – not too tight, not too loose. Buy the one that makes feel you comfortable wearing it.
And now, the most important question: What type of electric scooter helmet should you use? The type of helmet you’ll need must be based on the level of protection you’ll require and the speed of your electric scooter.
Another non-negotiable rule if you really want to ride an electric scooter: Make sure that the helmet you will buy complies with international safety standards. Electric scooters for adults are far from the kick scooter you had as a kid. You wouldn’t want to get injured, so you need to use it properly, following precautions. Overall, electric scooters are convenient personal micro-mobile vehicles. Be cautious, comply with electric scooter laws, and you can enjoy basking under the sun, avoiding all traffic and possible mishaps.
Remember to ride responsibly, as you enjoy the freedom.