Electric scooters have been making their way into cities and suburban areas all over. While these fun gadgets are great for the environment, offering less fumes and fuel loss than a regular car, they are also a great activity for a beautiful day.

While you may be ready for a fun day of pretending you are kid again, that fun trip on a scooter can quickly turn into a not-so-fun trip to the emergency room. Check out these easy tips to ensure your next ride is a safe one:

Wear a helmet: This is the easiest way to protect yourself while on a scooter. Many helmets have hooks that are convenient for securing them to bags.

Know the laws: Not all states allow scooters on the road. Familiarize yourself with traffic laws in your area.

Alert drivers: Using hand signals when making turns to help drivers know where you are going.

Check the scooter: Before you get on the scooter, make sure it is in working condition. Check all tires and brakes. If anything on the scooter is broken, do not ride it.

Check the area where you will be riding: Scooters are common in cities, where sidewalks may not be the smoothest. Things like tree roots and potholes can cause injury. Pay attention to your surroundings and, if possible, ride on the road. Just make sure to follow all traffic laws.

Use common sense: Being smart about your scooter riding can help you avoid injury. Riding at an appropriate speed and never with another person will help keep you, and the people and cars around you, safe.

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