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Tips for Making an e-Scooter Ride Safe and Fun

Tips for Making an Electric Scooter Ride Fun and Safe

In recent years, electric scooters have grown in popularity as a convenient alternate mode of transportation, with several rental services making them available in urban spaces across Maryland. However, as with any other vehicle, there are a few important things to remember to ensure a smooth ride.

Rider Responsibilities:

  • The rider assumes full responsibility when agreeing to the Terms of Service for the e-scooter
  • Read the user manual – learn to operate the e-scooter (practice)
  • Assure proper functioning of the e-scooter prior to starting
  • Wear safety gear (helmet, knee, and elbow pads, high visibility jacket)
  • Ride solo; e-scooters are designed for single riders under 220 lbs.
  • Never carry anything that can obstruct vision or cause a loss of control of the e-scooter
  • Follow the local traffic rules, and ride only in designated spaces, following the same rules that would apply to any vehicle
  • Do not attach the e-scooter to another vehicle
  • Do not perform stunts; the scooter is not a toy


Injury Prevention Tips When Riding an Electric Scooter:

  • Wear a helmet geared for e-scooters
  • Wear high visibility clothing
  • Single rider only (no children)
  • The rider must be 18-years-old to ride (per popular companies)
  • Do not attach or be pulled by another vehicle
  • Ride with two hands; no cellular phone use or beverage use while riding
  • Follow traffic laws
  • Ride in bike lanes when available, and stay off sidewalks at all times
  • Avoid bumpy surfaces and obstacles such as potholes, grass, gravel, uneven pavements, etc.
  • Avoid sewers and grates (small tires will fall through)
  • The rider must be a licensed driver
  • Park respectfully, out of the way of pedestrians (park at edge of sidewalk)
  • Check that tires aren’t flat before driving, and ensure brakes work
  • Use hand signals for turning
  • Do not use headphones; the rider needs to hear the surroundings
  • Do not ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Keep both feet on the deck for stability
  • Do not ride in wet weather (rain or snow)


Wherever your destination, following these simple rules will help you arrive there safely!

Carole Mays RN, MS

Director, Trauma & Injury Specialty Program


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