Frequently Asked Questions

Scooter Safety

Facts About Scooters 

  • Sixty percent of injuries from riding a scooter could be prevented if riders would wear protective gear.
  • Scooter injuries include broken bones or dislocations, abdominal injuries caused when children fall onto the handlebars, chipped teeth and abrasions.

 Scooter Safety Tips

In 2000, there were 30,000 scooter-related injuries reported in the U.S.! These are some ways to reduce your child's risk of injury:

  • Ride in safe areas. Scooters belong in parks, not on streets or sidewalks next to car traffic. Riders should choose only smooth surfaces for riding.
  • Only one rider. Most scooters are made for only one rider. Children should never try to ride with another person on their scooter.
  • Avoid anything that could cause the front wheel to stop. Riding over puddles, speed bumps, sewer grates, sand, gravel or even a small bump in the sidewalk can stop the front wheel. It is better to ride around bumps than to fall off.
  • Don't ride in the dark or in bad weather.  If a rider chooses to ride in the dark it is important that the scooter have a headlight and taillight. 
  • Make sure you are seen.  Wear bright colors like yellow, orange or bright pink so people can see you coming toward them.
  • Stay Alert. Do not wear headphones while riding a scooter. It is important to be able to hear horns and other traffic noises.
  • SUPERVISION. Children less than eight years old should not use scooters without very close adult supervision.
  • Always wear protective gear. Experts say that riders should wear a padded helmet AND knee and elbow pads. Do not wear wrist guards when riding a scooter because they get in the way of steering the scooter.
  • Young children do not understand the risks they are taking. They are also not coordinated enough to stop a scooter well. Children can
    crash into walls because they could not stop the scooter in time.
     
  • Check Your Equipment before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.