How to Safely Use a Future Motion One Wheel Skateboard

When riding Future Motion Onewheel skateboards, many users are aware of the fact that there will be accidents at some point. However, the goal is to try to reduce these accidents and the possibility of severe and life-threatening injuries as much as possible. Therefore, if you own an updated and repaired Future Motion Onewheel skateboard, it is crucial that you know how to properly and safely ride your device to avoid serious injuries.

How to safely and properly ride a Future Motion Onewheel skateboard

As mentioned by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), individuals should not ride their Future Motion Onewheel electric skateboards manufactured between 2014 and 2023 unless they have been successfully repaired and updated to include the Haptic Buzz warning system. Once your device is equipped with this buzzing system, it will inform you about any issues that could result in your board stopping soon. In the meantime, you should take the time to learn and become aware of the certain steps you can follow to ensure that you are safely and properly riding your updated and repaired Future Motion Onewheel skateboard. Here are eight of the steps to follow:

  1. Make sure you put on a certified and secure helmet: Before you ever step foot on your Onewheel skateboard, make sure that you put on a certified and secure helmet. You can ensure that your helmet is certified by looking for the CPSC label or sticker on the helmet. After you find this label or sticker and place the helmet on your head, you want to make sure that it does not fit too tight or too loose. Then, you simply fasten the chin strap to ensure that your helmet will stay on throughout the entire ride. Remember that you must purchase a new helmet every so often as well as if you are ever involved in a crash to ensure ultimate protection of your head. There may be no visible signs of wear and tear, dents, or cracks, but the interior could still be damaged or worn out.
  2. Consider wearing extra padding and other protective equipment: While this is most likely a personal choice, it is highly recommended that you consider wearing extra padding and other protective equipment while riding your Future Motion Onewheel skateboard. The reason that this is suggested is because the more padding and protection that you have, the less likely you will experience severe injuries in the event of an accident. Some examples of protective equipment that you should wear are elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards, gloves, long padded pants, and long padded sleeves.
  3. Put on the proper shoes before getting on the skateboard: Next, you want to make sure that you have on the proper shoes before getting on the one-wheel electric skateboard. This means that you must have on closed toe shoes that fit correctly and will grip the board, which will help prevent your feet from slipping or sliding off the board during the ride.
  4. Practice on a flat and open area to begin with: Whether you have years of experience or are a beginner at riding Onewheel electric skateboards, it is always a good idea to practice on a flat and open area to begin with. This will ensure that your skateboard has no apparent issues as well as help you get used to the board again. Beginners may need an extra hand to help them learn how to properly balance on the board. However, the goal is for every Onewheel rider to get acquainted/ reacquainted with their board before taking off.
  5. Have patience and take your time: Another important safety factor to remember when riding your board is to have patience and take your time. While some of the Onewheel skateboards have the ability to go up to 19 mph, you should try not to get in a hurry. The faster you go, the higher chance that you will have of being in an accident.
  6. Watch out for other road users: When riding on your Future Motion Onewheel skateboard, it is essential to keep an eye out for other road users. For example, if you are riding through a bustling city, you want to make sure you are aware of your surroundings and prepared for any unexpected situations that may arise with other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians using the roadway. If you are riding through a suburban neighborhood, you also want to keep an eye out for vehicles, darting children, and even toys and balls that may enter your pathway.
  7. Try to avoid going down big hills: Even though Future Motion Onewheel skateboards can go down hills, the company suggests that you avoid “hills exceeding a 15% grade.” The reason for this is because there is a high chance that you may lose control of the board when on these types of hills, which can cause you to fall off and become seriously injured. Therefore, it is best to avoid routes with large hills altogether while riding your Onewheel electric skateboard.
  8. Slow down and come to a complete stop before getting off the board: Once you have learned the basics of how to operate your electric Onewheel skateboard and feel like you have the hang of balancing, turning, and riding, you may begin to feel like a pro. However, one of the biggest mistakes that riders make when they are done riding is abruptly stopping their devices. This can result in a traumatic and devastating accident as you can be propelled forward, landing on the hard asphalt or pavement in a matter of seconds. Therefore, in order to prevent this from happening, it is recommended to slow down and come to a complete stop before lifting your heel off the pressure pad to disengage the device. You may need to practice doing this by holding onto a friend or family member before doing it alone.

Have you been injured in a Future Motion Onewheel skateboard accident? If so, the personal injury lawyers at Kwartler Manus, LLC have extensive experience in these types of accidents and know how to guide you in the right direction. Our team knows and understands the current issues that people around the country are facing with these one-wheel electric skateboards. Therefore, we will use our knowledge and skills to hold the manufacturer accountable for their negligent actions and demand the compensation you need to make a full recovery. If you are ready to begin discussing, please call or contact our firm to schedule an initial meeting with one of our attorneys today.

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