So you want to find out how to ride a hoverboard. First step is obvious. You need to purchase one. There are lot’s of boards on the market, so you need to find the best one suited to you. You should check out the online reviews that go in to detail about these so that you are informed before you buy.
OK, on to the “how to”. When you see videos of people using their hoverboards, it just seems so easy. However, it is perfectly normal to feel anxious in the beginning because riding it is much like riding a bike or a skateboard. You do need to learn it but in just a short amount of time, it will feel quite normal and easy.
The first try is a bit scary because you can expect to wobble a bit. But you shouldn’t give up. All you need is to know what baby steps to take, and in as little as 5 minutes, you can take your first ride.
Before You Try It Out
First things first, make sure that your scooter is ready. Read the instructions first, to know the basic features of your board. Many buyers have also strongly recommend getting safety equipment, especially during the first few tries. As you are learning, you can expect to be a bit more accident-prone; wearing pads and a helmet will reduce possible injuries.
Some boards also offer a beginner mode and if yours does, switch this on to start easy.
Getting On Your Hoverboard
On a flat space set down your hoverboard and switch it on. Start by putting your dominant foot (for most people it’s the right one) on the scooter. You can also try this out in an area where you can grab on to something.
Make sure the board is flat and that your foot is close to the wheel so that your feet will be wide and far apart when you ride. Afterward, step on the scooter with your other foot. Do not overthink it and just do it.
Once you do, you might feel tense and end up wobbling a bit. Do not worry, look in front and stand up. The board will also balance you somehow, so do not be afraid.
Moving On Your Hoverbaord
The concept of moving forward and backward is quite simple, but of course, you will encounter a learning curve in the beginning.
There are no controls on your hoverboard, you just need to move with your body. To move forward, you have to lean forward and to go back, you have to lean back. Try leaning gently first so that you will not fall.
To turn, you have to use your feet. You need to twist forward the foot that is the opposite of the direction you want to turn. This means, to turn left you have to push-twist your right foot forward. If you want to make sharper turns, you have to push down the other foot as well.
Once you have these basics down, you should try to do laps, going in different directions and mastering the turns. This practice time will help you get more comfortable and confident in riding. Just make sure you take it one step at a time, and not attempt more difficult maneuvers until you have mastered the beginning.
Getting Off The Hoverboard
You might not have thought that getting off is also something you need to practice. Your instinct might tell you to just jump off the board, but this a bad idea. You will end up with a scratched or damaged hoverboard, and you might injure yourself, too.
To dismount safely, you just need to do the opposite of getting on the board. This means getting off on the non-dominant foot first and then the other. To be honest, this process is much more difficult than described. You would really need to practice mounting and dismounting in the beginning to master it.
It is very important to try riding first in beginner mode. You can then expect to only have speeds of 3 mph, perfect for when you are still learning. Going too fast in the beginning, especially when you are not yet an expert in controlling the board, can be very dangerous for you. Most boards will have a warning sound when the maximum speed has been reached, so you know when to slow down.
Speaking of safety, make sure you invest in safety gear to have a safe ride. You need a helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, as well as a tailbone protector. Having all of these will protect you from most common injuries when riding the hoverboard. Even if you think that you are not going too fast anyway, these speeds are enough to get you hurt significantly.
There you go with the simple steps you need to master your hoverboard. The steps seem easy enough, but as you would need to balance yourself on it, expect to feel a bit wobbly at first. Soon after, though, you can ride like an expert.