Self-Balancing Scooters: Q and A

Q: What exactly is a self-balancing scooter?

A: It is an new, innovative and exhilarating mode of transportation made for the modern age. You don’t need handlebars, just your feet and your body to steer.

Q: How does it work?

A: It runs on a rechargeable battery and the scooter senses as you lean to one side or another, changing direction accordingly

Q: Are all self-balancing scooters created equal?

A: Definitely not. Some are more expensive than others, others use different types and qualities of batteries and other components. Shop around, read reviews, know what you’re getting.

Q: What is the recommended age for these scooters?

A: Kids as young as 10, especially those with exceptional balance and coordination, can easily ride the scooters. However, they are typically recommended for ages 14 and older.

Q: What is the right terrain for a self-balancing scooter?

A: Smooth, level surfaces, such as sidewalks, pavement, and the like are the best. They can go up small inclines, but at a slightly reduced speed.

Q: How far, how fast and where can I go on my scooter?

A: Self-balancing scooters can usually achieve speeds of up around 9 to 10 miles per hour, depending on the size of the rider. On a full charge, they can travel anywhere from 9 to 15 miles. They are suitable for short journeys around the neighborhood, down the sidewalk from work the a restaurant for lunch, and more.

Q: How safe are they?

A: The tires are all-rubber so they are hard to break and don’t go flat. The scooters themselves also tend to be durable, and their maximum speed prevents them from going too fast.