Riding an electric skateboard poses risks similar to bicycling and presents some new risks as well. For instance, you are less visible to other motorists, the smaller wheels get stuck and slip easier, and the electromechanical parts need to be maintained. If you can remember learning to ride a bike there were probably bumps and bruises, but you had someone there to coach you. It is best if you can find a longboard group or experienced Boosted rider to help coach you, but we will also do our best to give you support online.
No one wants to be a crash statistic, but the reality is there are thousands of crashes and deaths each year in all types of vehicles and even pedestrians. Practice and training is the only way to reduce the risk of these activities. Not all accidents are caused by the rider, so it is important to anticipate special situations and practice emergencies before you are forced to do it.
Risk acceptance can be thought of as a ladder with negative factors increasing the height and positive factors decreasing the height. Negative factors include: traffic, hills, little space to maneuver, potholes, loose gravel, water, cracks, debris, fatigue, increased speed, spectators. Positive factors include: preparation, coaching, inspection of the board, familiarity of the area, protective equipment. The consequences of accidents increase as you climb further up the ladder.
An accident can be thought of as a chain of negative factors. For instance: imagine you are late for work. You rush out the door with the board still a bit groggy. You are going a little faster than usual, and all of a sudden you don’t see the patch of loose gravel and go sliding off your board. There are several factors or links that came into play in this accident, and if any one was taken out the chain of events would be broken and the accident may of not occurred.
A simple strategy for risk management is SEE – Search, Evaluate, Execute.
- The first step is to observe and be aware of a potential risk.
- Secondly, is to evaluate the situation and determine a way to reduce that risk.
- And finally, you will want to practice how to execute.
A key trait of a good rider, is that they are constantly observing these potential situations and have a plan in mind so that if they had to execute; it would come naturally.