Segway injuries are reportedly on the rise, and the death of James Heselden, the owner of the Segway company, was reportedly caused by his use of a Segway. It’s understandable that people are concerned about the safety of using Segways. “Whenever you ride the Segway HT, you run the risk of injury from loss of control, collisions, and falls,” according to the Segway company. It is the rider’s responsibility to mitigate these risks.
When used properly, Segways are an environmentally friendly, safe, and enjoyable mode of transportation. Maintaining safety on a Segway is primarily a matter of exercising common sense and keeping an eye out for potential hazards. Here are some pointers on how to ride a Segway in a safe and responsible manner.
1. Begin by learning how to operate the Segway before attempting to do so on your own. Read the user manual from cover to cover. When operating a Segway, it is strongly recommended that you seek instruction from someone who is qualified and experienced in doing so.
Before you go out on your own, get some practise with people who are familiar with Segways. Make sure you have a spotter when you first climb on and practise with the equipment.
For more information on how to operate a Segway, see How to operate a Segway.
2. Dress in a professional manner. At the very least, make sure to wear a safety helmet. Knee and elbow padding, as well as wrist guards, are examples of additional protective equipment to consider.
Protective lenses for the eyes.
If you plan on riding your Segway at night (assuming that doing so is legal in your area), make sure to wear a high-visibility jacket so that other drivers can see you easily. If you are riding at night, always wear reflective clothing so that you can be seen and be seen by others.
3. You must maintain a firm grip on the Segway at all times. Always ensure that both feet are securely on the ground and that both hands are on the handlebars. You should avoid attempting to carry anything in one hand while also manoeuvring with only one hand. If you need to transport items, consider using a backpack or a cargo holder.
4. When riding a Segway, avoid making sudden movements. The Segway is capable of sensing your movement and attempting to restore your balance; however, if you move too abruptly forward or backward, the balance mechanism may not be able to correct the imbalance.
Don’t turn your segway too quickly. If you make a quick turn, you risk losing control; instead, lean into the turn and take it slowly.
Avoid stopping or starting a Segway at excessive speeds.
Don’t ride in the opposite direction. Traveling with this ability is not recommended because it is only intended for manoeuvring out of a tight spot or turning around.
5. Avoid driving too fast. With the help of a “Speed Limiter,” the Segway will alert you when you’re going too fast, and it will push the handlebars back to slow you down. Take note of this and refrain from leaning forward.
Pay attention to the Stick Shake Warning. This warning is activated when you ride too quickly backward or when you push the Segway beyond its capabilities, such as when you ride over rough terrain, down a slope, or when you accelerate or decelerate too quickly. Take it easy. You should get off the Segway immediately if it does not stop after slowing down. It could be telling you that your battery packs are low or that there are maintenance issues with the Segway.
Maintain a slow walking pace indoors, try to stay in the centre of corridors whenever possible, give way to everyone, and avoid using the Segway in areas where it is not permitted.
When walking outside, aim to maintain a fast walking pace, giving way to pedestrians and being extremely cautious when going around corners, as you would inside.
6. Maintain your position on solid, level ground. Segways are not intended for all-terrain transportation. Keep them on the paved surfaces that they were designed for.
If you ride through an abrupt terrain change, such as riding from grass to pavement or over a speed bump, this can pose a threat to your safety. This should be done slowly and with caution.
Remove yourself from your Segway and switch to the power assist mode whenever you are unsure of how to navigate the terrain or area that you are traversing.
Do not ride on public roads. Not only is the Segway not intended to be used as a road vehicle, but it is also potentially dangerous and may be illegal. Cross roads with caution, and if possible, use power assist to walk across if it is safer.
7. You should keep a safe distance between yourself and the handlebars. Leaning on the handlebars of the Segway can impair your ability to control the vehicle properly and safely.
8. Keep a safe distance from pedestrians. The fact that you are moving faster than pedestrians means that some pedestrians will not even notice you approaching. Always be on the lookout for them, and be prepared to call out if anything goes wrong before you can apply the brakes to avoid being hit.
Maintain a safe distance from the sidewalk in countries with right-side drive and a safe distance from the footpath in countries with left-side drive, unless your country’s pedestrian traffic regulations dictate otherwise. Pay attention to any and all local rules governing the use of sidewalks.
9. Keep an eye out for potential obstacles. If there are objects in your path while riding your Segway, they have the potential to knock you off your bike or cause a collision with you. It is your responsibility to see them, which can be difficult if you are distracted by sightseeing or chit-chatting with other people. Park benches, light poles, signposts, and trees are all examples of objects that can cause problems in public places.
When using the Segway, stay away from potholes, curbs, and steps. Such obstacles can cause a Segway to lose its balance.
A steep slope should not be traversed by your Segway. It will become unbalanced as a result of your actions, and you will almost certainly be kicked out.
It is not recommended to use a Segway on any slippery surface, such as ice (including black ice, which should be avoided! ), snow, wet grass, oily or greasy surfaces, or wet floors.
Make sure you don’t ride over any loose objects, such as twigs, pebbles, rocks, or broken glass. These can cause the Segway to lose traction and tip over, which can be dangerous.
10. Plan ahead of time. When riding a bike, scooter, or any other wheeled mode of transportation that interacts with traffic and pedestrians, it is important to remain alert at all times and react quickly to any situations that may arise.
Passing through crossings, intersections, crowds, driveways, around corners, through doorways, and other low-hanging areas are all good places to slow down (and stop if necessary).
Remove yourself from the path of oncoming cars, cyclists, and other traffic. Recognize that you may not always be able to be seen or heard, and that some people may not consider a Segway to be something that requires them to stop.
Avoid becoming engrossed in your iPod or distracted by your cell phone. While operating the Segway, refrain from using MP3 players or cell phones.
Don’t get behind the wheel after drinking.
11. Before getting off your Segway, make sure it comes to a complete stop. Allowing a Segway to fall out of balance will cause it to continue travelling away from you and may cause it to collide with someone or something.
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