What is a hoverboard?
Before we want to explain to you exactly how to handle your hooverboard we want to briefly clarify what a hoverboard is, since the term is not yet clearly differentiated. In short, we’re not talking about a flying skateboard like you probably know from the movie Back to the Future.
Background: What you should know about hoverboarding
Since hoverboards are still relatively new to the market, there are still many unresolved legal issues.
Where are you allowed to ride the hoverboard?
Your hoverboard may only be used on private property where there is a clear demarcation from public transport. Even without physical exertion, the boards are significantly faster than 6 km/h and are therefore not allowed on public paths and streets.
Which hoverboard is suitable?
In principle, every hoverboard is suitable for learning the basics – whether you choose an off-road or street hoverboard is up to you. There are no noticeable differences in driving style. You should just make sure that your board is designed for your body measurements.
We still think it is highly recommended to choose a hoverboard for learning to ride that has an integrated beginner mode. Almost all hoverboards now have this option. If you are not sure whether and how your board can switch to beginner mode, it is usually worth taking a look at the product description and instructions.
Learning to ride a hoverboard: explained step by step
Here you can finally find out how the hoverboard works in no time at all. It is best to read through all the steps first before you start your first attempts. And remember – practice makes perfect.
What you should consider before the first attempt
You should definitely read the operating instructions for your board carefully beforehand. Depending on the model, it is always possible that your hoverboard has special properties that we will not go into in our step-by-step instructions – driving itself should always be the same.
After you have read the instructions and you have your board ready to go, i.e. it is charged and switched on, you can start.
Many try to learn how to mount beforehand when they are switched off. However, we advise you not to do this, since the sensors in the board only begin to balance when it is switched on.
The best thing to do is find someone who will support you during the first attempts, until you get the hang of keeping your balance, it usually takes a few attempts.
Ascending and descending
You have to get on and off quickly so that you don’t immediately go in the direction of your first foot.
Place one foot on the outer third of the foot and draw the second foot to the opposite side. Most prefer the stronger foot for mounting, but it’s best to try both a few times and decide for yourself. It is important that you only put your second foot down when the board is in a stable and horizontal position.
The wider you stand on the hoverboard, the easier it is to keep your balance. Once you have found a suitable position for you, you should simply repeat the ascent a few times so that you gain control and security.
In principle, descending is the same as ascending. First of all, bring your board to a standstill. After that, you can just put one foot down after the other. The stronger foot is preferably put down last, so that if you lose your balance, you can better balance your stance. It is always advisable to get off at the back – but here too you should try out for yourself what is easier for you.
Drive forwards and backwards
You move by shifting your weight in the desired direction. If you exert slight forward pressure, your board will move forward with it. If you lie down slightly, you will consequently drive backwards. Meanwhile, your board automatically keeps its balance.
Leaning just a little in the desired direction at a time is perfectly adequate, otherwise you’ll quickly lose your balance and tip over. In the beginning, shifting your center of gravity feels very unusual, but after a short time you will get completely used to the feeling.
If you want to make a forward turn, slightly tilt the foot that corresponds to the desired turning direction downwards and keep the other foot horizontal.
You make a backward curve by pulling up the toes of the foot that does not correspond to the desired direction and at the same time pressing the heel down. So if you want to take a right turn backwards, pull your left toe up and lower your heel.
The more and more you shift your weight in the desired movements, the sharper the curve will be. Be careful at the beginning to get a feel for the controls.
If you want to brake, you simply have to shift your weight gently against the direction of travel and then stand upright. This is how you signal to the hoverboard that you want to stop instead of changing the direction of travel.
Don’t worry, it sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. Once you’ve done a few laps, you’ll find that it quickly becomes intuitive. In order to make the whole hoverboard for sale thing more understandable for you, we have selected a video in which everything is clearly summarized again.
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