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Injury-Free Rides With Scooter and Bike Safety

By Donna Stark

If you have started seeing random electric scooters sitting in groups along your city's sidewalk and think they have been abandoned, think again. This latest trend in accessible transportation has invaded towns and cities of all sizes all across the nation and for some, it has been a lifesaver. But for others, it has become more of a life disrupter. Because as easy as it is to use, (you pay for the use of the scooter through an app), it's just as easy to end up where you don't want to be. And where is that, you wonder? How does the hospital emergency room sound?

Staying Safe While Riding Scooters (or Bikes, or Skateboards)

For some people, riding scooters, bikes, and even skateboards is a new trend in transportation, and they are trying it for the first time. For others, it's something they have been doing for years. But no matter what your skill is in doing so, it will always come with a certain amount of risk. Here are some suggestions on how to avoid the potential broken bones, concussions, scrapes, and sprains that can come from a simple mistaken twist of the wheel.

  • Protect yourself - Many people choose to avoid wearing protective gear because it doesn't look "cool," but it can really save you from injury and pain. Protective gear includes a helmet, wrist guards, eyeglasses or goggles, and close-toed shoes.
  • Start off slowly - When you aren't familiar with a new vehicle, you typically start off a little slower than usual, right? Well, that's basically what these are and you should do the same with them too! So familiarize yourself before you hit the road.
  • Pay attention - Whether you are on the road or on a trail, be mindful of surrounding traffic, natural obstacles, and distracted pedestrians. It's your responsibility to be safe, so steer with both hands, put the headphones away, and keep your eyes peeled. 
  • Keep sidewalks and paths clear - When you are finished riding, be sure to put your scooter or bike away in a safe spot. Keep it off the sidewalks and away from doorways so that others will not trip or fall over it. Don't let it become a stationary hazard!

Safety for All

Scooters and bicycles are an efficient and fun way to travel if you don't have far to go, but there may be an increased risk of injury if you aren't careful. Make sure you are extremely mindful of your safety and protection as well as those around you and try to get to your destination while there is enough light left in the day. By following these simple safety tips, you should be able to avoid the surprise emergency room visit and get to where you are going in one piece. Enjoy your ride!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Fla.

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