Hoverboards have been a hype since the early 2016s as a smart means of transport. However, what we mean by hoverboard & what hoverboard actually means are different. Practically it means a board that hovers, as you see in the fiction movies. But in our case, we resemble hoverboard as a self-balancing scooter.
Hoverboards have become quite popular now and alongside comes the question of how to ride it and how it works. Well, truthfully it does require some learning like every other ride which involves some balancing maneuver. But don’t get uncomfortable there as it is quite easy to get on with. Kids aging starting from 7 can do it exceedingly well. If you haven’t got one check our Kids Hoverboard Reviews to pick one for yours.
But before starting with it ensure safety by equipping yourself appropriate protective gear, a helmet at least. Getting a wrist guard, elbow pad & knee pad would be better. Also, you might check our blog on Safe Hoverboards. Last but not least don’t forget to follow the safe riding basics as outlined by Steve here.
Now let’s get started. But first there are 2 thumb rules & they are easy to remember.
- Don’t bend your waist in the hoverbaord
- Always ride in a flat surface (must avoid uphill & downhill)
Aside to the above, you need to keep in mind some silly things. We know you have them in you. But still no harm in recapping those, right?
- Always ride in a zone where you are legally allowed to.
- A practice zone is good to have which is safe for you & the people around you as well.
- Make sure your hoverboard holds enough charge. I’m sure you don’t want it to die out in the middle of your ride.
Riding Guide: 4 Easy Steps
Hoverboard riding is an evergreen skill, once you know how to do it you never give it off like you never forget how to ride a bike. There are 4 easy steps in learning how to ride a hoverboard.
1. Stepping On
This is a very crucial step & in my opinion the shakiest thing to do for the first-timers. You’ll always picture yourself falling off. But follow our lead here & be assured nothing’s going to happen.
Try to get support from something sturdy to get a hold on. It could be a handicap rale or maybe a fence line. You get the idea, right? Don’t even think of being funny there because this really helps. And even if you do think in this way, people use a balance wheel while learning how to ride a bike. If it isn’t funny then why should yours be now?
Turn on your hoverboard and stand before it with your feet wide open. Before stepping on check whether your hoverbaord has a beginner mode like these. Also, remember the support thing I talked about? Make sure you have it beside you.
Now hold on to the support and step in the hoverboard with your dominant foot. Try to start shifting your weight there. You’ll see it’s trying to move on. But you are holding on the support right, so don’t let it move on.
Try to take it slow here. Play with it a bit & you’ll get the idea of balancing.
Once you are done put your non-dominant feet in the hoverboard & let the support go slowly. In some hoevrboards there is an indicator that will show when to step the second foot. It actually senses your first foot position and if it’s good then it’ll give you a green signal for the second. Practice this entire thing a couple of times to get familiar with.
2. Getting Off
Getting off a hoverboard is not a big deal. If you can get on fine, then getting off is exactly the reverse process. However, beginners need to keep something in mind. Never try to get off by stepping forward. In that case, hoverboard will keep moving forward & most likely you’ll fall down. So you need to get off by stepping back.
3. Moving Around
As you are good with stepping on and off now it’s time to master moving around.
But first, you need to get to know your hoverboard motors. There are two motors & each is with one of the wheels. As you lean forward with your foot your motor runs forward & if you lean back it runs back.
So moving around is just a mixture of your footwork.
As you are standing on the hoverboard try to lean forward a bit to move this forward. Wait! How would you lean forward? Yes, let me tell you how to lean. As I mentioned earlier don’t bent your waist there. Change the angle of your ankle to do the leaning. Like hitting the gas in a car. Take it slow and you’ll see you are moving in no time. Do the opposite, meaning lean backward to move back with the hoverboard.
4. Turning the Hoverboard
If you have done step 3 comfortably then I suppose you already know how to turn your hoverbaord by now. But still, let me give you the idea in my words.
Imaging the below wheel.
If one of the wheels rotates faster than the other then it’ll turn in the slower wheel side. Now guess what’ll happen if the wheels rotate in the opposite direction (one forward & the other back), it’ll make a sharp turn even a 360 rotation is possible.
Now let’s get back to hoverboard turning. As you know by now you use both feet’s leaning separately to ride a hoverboard. So if you lean your right foot more than the left then you’ll turn left. The more the leaning difference the more will be the turning. You might wonder now how people making 180/360 turn with a hoverboard. Well, it’s nothing you won’t be able to do. Just try leaning one foot forward & the other back and it’ll work like a charm.
Tips and Tricks
Let’s close this with some tips to help you out.
- Make sure to use it fully charged. If in the middle of a ride your hoverboard dies then you might need to carry it for the rest. Now you might think to carry it is not a big deal, but actually, it is. Hoverboards are quite heavy & cannot be carried for a long time, especially by kids.
- If you ride it for a daily commute, I’m sure road bump is a thing you cannot avoid. Here is a secret to pass road bums by it; try to take it crosswise over a bump. Meaning put one wheel first & then the other. In this way, you can easily take on road bumps by a hoverboard.
- Hoverboards don’t make a typical ride type noise. So when riding it among pedestrians, make sure to look out so that no one gets hurt.
- Do not attempt to do any stunt with it. It’s not a skateboard. Better to be safe than sorry, right?
- Speeding will surely give you some joy but with associated risk. So just use your common sense here.
- It’s a battery powered device. So follow the manufactures instruction strictly about charging & discharging events to keep it safe & last long.