How to Protect Yourself during Scooting?

Traffic Rules of Scooting in the USA and Tips to Protect Yourself during Scooting

Electric scooters have been of great popularity in the United States, so what should you know when riding an electric scooter? We Varla Electric Scooter always put the safety issue as the priority, so today we’ll talk about the traffic rules of riding an electric scooter in the United States to help you guys ride safely.
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According to Wikipedia, different states own diverse rules of riding electric scooters.

For example, California requires that a person riding an electric scooter on the street be 16 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license, be wearing a bicycle helmet, have no passengers, and otherwise follow the same rules of the road the same as cars do. The electric scooter must have brakes, may not have handlebars raised above the operator’s shoulders, and must have a headlight, taillight, and side reflectors if ridden at night. An electric scooter may not be operated on sidewalks or streets if the posted speed limit is over 25 mph (40 km/h) unless in a Class II bicycle lane.

Michigan laws treat electric scooters similarly to bicycles. They are typically allowed on sidewalks, bike lanes, and roads.

In Washington, D.C., electric scooters are classified as Personal Mobility Devices and are therefore not considered motor vehicles. This means there is no inspection, license, insurance, or registration required. Additionally, this means that electric scooters are allowed on the sidewalks, and helmets are not required.

In Atlanta, electric scooters are considered Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices, meaning they can be used on sidewalks and highways where the speed limit is at most 35 miles per hour, or in the bike lane. The law also specifies that users of Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices, including electric scooter riders, “have the same rights and duties as prescribed for pedestrians”

Given that the laws regarding electric scooters vary from state to state, so if you want to know more about the rules, please refer to your local government.

Believe all of you are interested in owning an electric scooter! When your expected scooter is coming, I guess you can’t wait to hit the trail with the scooter. Before you go, we suggest you wearing items as follows and bearing the rules in mind to allow you a safe ride in enjoying our Varla Off-road scooter.

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Wear a helmet!

In most areas, electric scooters have the same rules as electric bicycles or motorcycles. We research the rules of different states and get these information:

State Age Helmet or not Max speed
California 16 15mph
Illinois 16 20mph
Florida 16 30mph
New York No mention 20mph
Jersey City No mention 25mph

A helmet is required and can save your life in danger. Don‘t have a helmet? We have the suitable helmet in our shop, you could choose one!

Varla Scooter Helmet

Besides the helmet, we still want to introduce some protective gear to you.

Wear knee pads

Wearing a knee pad can fix the patella in a relatively stable position to ensure that it is not easily injured. Knee pads with heavy braking can reduce knee bending, maintain a straight line from thigh to calf, reduce knee bending, thereby protecting the knee joint from aggravating the condition.

Wear wrist pads

Wearing wrist pads during exercise can prevent joint damage and help us reduce the possibility of injury. When doing high-intensity movements, it can effectively and reasonably reduce the pain of the wrist.

Wear elbow pads

The elbow pads have the support and cushioning effects, can strengthen the joints and ligaments to resist the impact of external forces, and effectively protect the joints and ligaments.

Varla Scooter Protective Gear

And we have a good news for you!
From now on, if you purchase an Varla electric scooter, we will send you a set of Varla protective gear, worth $69, as a gift:

  • a pair of wrist pads
  • a pair of elbow pads
  • a pair of knee pads
The quantity is limited, while stocks last!
Don’t hesitate to purchase it!

If you want to get more tips for riding scooters at high speed, check out the other blog post from Varla.  

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