Electronic scooters and other forms of personal electronic vehicles (PEVs) are all the rage right now in Singapore and while it’s easy to jump on the trend and get these electronic items for your morning commute, it’s important to do some research before you purchase them.

Earlier this week, it was reported that a well-known and passionate member of the electronic scooter community in Singapore passed away when he suffered head injuries from a tragic fall off the scooter.

Here are some safety tips to take note of:

  1. Buy from a known/reliable brand 
Electronic Scooter PEV
Kick scooters are making way for electronic scooters this time. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

According to Andreas Dale of Falcon PEV, “It boils down to quality assurance, which we feel is key given you have your entire self on it, travelling at a good 25km/h – 30km/h. The last thing you want is for something to happen to the bike, which can cause the user to be hurt.”

As with most electronic items, you get what you pay for. Therefore, it’s important to purchase a PEV from a reliable source and remember to read user reviews. Furthermore, a trusted brand will most likely have links to reliable distributors that could fix your scooter’s motor or provide parts should there be a problem.

2. Wear proper safety equipment

No matter what, safety comes first. Always wear a helmet to protect your head, proper footwear to prevent your feet from slipping and don’t forget to install a bell on your scooter so you can alert other commuters.

3. Follow the Rules 

Electronic Unicycle and Electronic Scooter
Make sure you’re 100 per cent confident before you hit the roads with your new PEV. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

When riding, always follow the rules. Keep to the speed limit of 25km/h and make sure your footing is correct. Learning to ride an electronic unicycle can take up to a week so make sure you’re confident enough to hit the roads with your new gadget.