After deciding to finally take the plunge, your new hoverboard has arrived. There’s just one thing left to do, figure out how to ride it without the embarrassment of falling over repeatedly like a real-life Vine.
A hoverboard will give you hours of enjoyment but, if you don’t want end up kissing pavement, a few precautions must be kept in mind. Don’t worry, with a little practice, and patience, you’ll be zooming around effortlessly with your shiny new mini-Segway in no time.
Most hoverboards have a similar shape and therefore function identically, this guide should work no matter what specific model you purchased. They normally are divided into two sections that allow for independent movement forwards and backwards for each side. Directly near the center, where the two sides meet, are LEDs that give feedback on the status of the battery’s charge and warnings if your unit needs to be calibrated.Two bright headlights, on the front of each section, can help light your path, or warn others to get out of the way if you’re still learning the ropes.
Getting on One
After making sure the unit is fully charged, by checking the battery LED and that no warning light is activated, place the hoverboard on a smooth surface free of any nearby obstructions.
The orientation of ‘headlights’ can either be forward or backwards, it’s up to you, the self balancing scooter will work fine either way.
The process of getting on and initially moving is probably the toughest aspect of hoverboard riding to master.Carefully step onto the unit one foot at a time. Do this in a smooth fast motion, if you wait too long the imbalance created will force you to jump off.To provide maximum support, keep your feet centered, you don’t want to try to balance on either the tips or heels. Keep your feet more towards the wheels and not the center. Again, this allows for increased stability by spreading your weight more evenly.
These hoverboards can’t actually read your mind despite what some may claim, there is some physical steering necessary.However, controlling a hoverboard only takes a small amount of input from your lower legs and feet.This can give the illusion that it is reading your thoughts.
What’s really happening is that you are slightly leaning in the direction you want to go, just by thinking about it, and that’s enough pressure to activate the device.In fact, you don’t even want to lean too hard in any direction, that’s a sure-fire way to fall off.Probably the biggest mistake when first learning to ride a hoverboard is moving your whole body too much.
This will lead to overcorrecting in an effort to stay still that only makes matters worse.You can increase your overall stability by slightly crouching down, this lowers your center of gravity and will reduce any shakiness. Push both sides forward to move directly ahead of you, conversely, pull back to reverse. To steer, simply push on either side to rotate the device in that direction.
Until you gain more confidence, start with small, considered movements to get a feel for how the hoverboard will react. Eventually, muscle memory will develop and you can enjoy riding around without even thinking about it. Need to turn sharply? Try adding a little backwards pressure on the side opposite the one pressing forward. Careful though, you shouldn’t attempt this until you have a few hours experience under your belt.
Getting off in one Piece
It’s best to take one foot off of your hoverboard at a time. Then use that leg to help steady your body momentarily while you let off with the other foot. While it might seem enticing to try to jump off the device this can lead to accidents, so don’t put yourself at risk.
It’s inevitable that you’ll encounter a few tumbles while getting to grips with your new hoverboard. Some might find practicing in their home is convenient. A carpeted floor, if you have one, is a lot easier on the body than slamming into hard concrete. Just stay clear of any furniture or valuables in the process. Remember take things slow, these devices can get away from you very quickly if you over-react. Additionally, you may want to check out our list of hoverboard accessories.
If you decide to learn outdoors stay away from traffic or groups of people you might accidentally run into.
If you’re an experienced skateboarder you might even be able to pull off a few tricks such as ollies or jumps. These are great for getting over curbs or elevations on sidewalks that a hoverboard normally won’t be able to negotiate head-on. Even if your name isn’t Tony Hawk, it’s not difficult to do a simple spin maneuver. Push fully in one direction and back on the other to rotate. Just don’t get so dizzy you fall off.
While it may seem like a challenge, learning to ride a hoverboard segway is no different than riding a bike. Take your time, place yourself in an environment that’s forgiving, and you’ll be skillfully cruising along in no time.