This is a public service announcement to anyone even considering purchasing a skateboard. You are much better off getting a scooter and there are many reasons to support this. I hope this list knocks some sense into you and maybe even helps you find a scooter that is right for you.
Scootersare Easier To Learn
Skateboards are perhaps one of the hardest vehicles in their class to learn how to ride. With a very high center of gravity and nothing to hold onto for support, the potential for falling is very high. These falls can cause a lot of injury and frustration to beginners and should be avoided at al costs. Scooters on the other hand, are so easy to learn that they are recommended for kids as young as 2 years old. Here are a few scooters that are built specially for younger riders.
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Scooters Handle Speed Better
Anyone who has rode a skateboard knows that the scariest thing a skateboarder can face is a speed wobble. Picture this, you one day become confident enough in your skateboard abilities to attempt the big hill. You are nervous enough as it is, but try to convince yourself that everything will be fine as long as you stay focused. As you head down the hill, your speed starts to pick up until you are going faster than you every have before. Then, the unthinkable happens, your board begins to shake beneath your feet. What you have experienced, is a speed wobble. In other words, the feeling you get when you think you’re about to die. Your friends will convince you that it is just part of skateboarding, but you know you don’t have to put up with this, you can get a scooter instead. With tighter axles, you will almost never get speed wobbles on scooters. Here are a few scooters that were meant to go fast.
Scooters Turn Shaper
Is there anything that turns worse than a skateboard? Being a four wheel, foot operated vehicle, turning on a skateboard is about as easy as playing Jenga with your feet. Scooters on the other hand, are some of the easiest to turn. With small, sharp wheels connected to a handlebar at chest level, they couldn’t possibly be easier. The tighter turn radius can lead to much easier riding and even less falls. The difficulty of turning is just one more item in a long list of hassles that can be avoided by getting a scooter. They also cost about the same! Here are a few scooters that can turn with the greatest of ease.
Scooters Can Stop Easily
When someone told me how you’re supposed to brake on a skateboard I just started laughing. They honestly expect people to step on the back of the board, nearly flipping it over in order to stop. This method makes about as much sense as the turning or the speed wobbles. When riding a skateboard, if you pick up too much speed and start heading for a car, I guess you have two options. Either keep going and wait for the car to break your descent, or risk flipping the entire board over and hope that this is the time it actually works. When I am on a skateboard and I face a similar conundrum, I simply just jump off the board. This isn’t the best long term strategy because now you have a loose end; the skateboard you just sent careening into oncoming traffic. Not a good situation to be in. I’ve lost many a skateboard to this type of incident and it is much easier just to get a scooter. If you’re lucky, you can even get a scooter with a hand brake for maximum convenience. Here are a few with that set up.
Scooters Are Safer
I think that this is an obvious one. If a vehicles shakes back and forth anytime it goes over 15 miles per hour, has a turn radius the size of a football field and a braking mechanism that only works if you are willing to fall off, it cannot be considered a safe vehicle. Scooters on the other hand are very safe. Even the simple fact that they have a handlebar makes them a welcome improvement from a skateboard. Here are a few great scooters for ensuring safety.
I hope you have enjoyed this list. Hopefully it will make you think twice before stepping foot on a skateboard. Instead, you should get yourself a nice scooter and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having a much safer vehicle to get around in.