So you bought a hoverboard and want to learn how to ride it? Great! Hoverboards are undoubtedly fun and can give you a neat new way of transportation, you just first need to know how to control the thing!
That’s exactly what we are going to be looking at and learning today.
Learning to ride a hoverboard is much like learning to ride a bike. It takes practice, some trial and error, but after a few times its a piece of cake. Lucky for you, after you learn to ride there won’t be any relearning, you will be able to just hop on your board and cruise out to town.
Hoverboards will come in all shapes and sizes, some will be easier to ride, others might be a bit harder. The concept is the same but skills will for sure very board to board. If you have not already bought one and are looking for our top recommendations for the safest hoverboards on the market feel free to check out that article here.
With that said let’s get started!
So first things first. Let’s talk safety.
For you to enjoy your hoverboard to its full potential you need to make sure to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent injuries. No you don’t need to wear a whole body suit, but a helmet and some knee and elbow protection will do just fine in case you topple over!
Before starting, please take a quick overview of the following safety rules:
- Always wear appropriate head protection while operating your hoverboard.
- Never step on your hoverboard while it is off.
- Handle slopes with caution.
- Be cautious and aware at all times.
A more detailed safety guide is available below. (Jump to section)
How to Ride A Hoverboard Step-By-Step
Step 1. Power on your hoverboard
To start off let’s get your hoverboard turned on! Make sure that prior to powering you have charged up your board and it is ready for riding. You are almost guaranteed to find charge times located in your hoverboards manual so refer to that if you need assistance juicing it up.
Next, once charged simply locate the power button on your board and switch that puppy on. If you are having a hard time finding the power button one common area to check would be directly in the center on the back of your board, a small silver button in most cases.
(Note that you should never try to stand on your board while it is powered off, the automatic stabilization will be turned off and you will most immediately fall)
Step 2. Setting up your hoverboard
Different hoverboards are going to have different set-ups. Some will be plug-n-play while others might need a little more attention to get going.
One important rule of thumb when starting off is to make sure your hoverboard is on “beginner mode”. Most hoverboards these days are smart enough to have multiple driving modes so if that’s the case make sure to start there. If your hoverboard does not have multiple driving modes but instead only one mode, no worries, just take it nice and easy and you will do fine!
Step 3. Find a flat surface to practice on
I know that it’s very tempting to just jump on your hoverboard and head straight for the streets but let’s first take a few practice runs on a nice flat surface shall we? Some ideal locations would be parking lots, empty living rooms, basements, and FLAT driveways. We don’t need you toppling down your driveway, just yet…
Step 4. How to stand on a hoverboard
Cool so your hoverboard is all set up, you’ve found a nice flat location, now how do you stand on it?
Let’s start like this, place one foot (whichever you are more comfortable with) onto the hoverboard, while keeping the other on the ground just level your board and shift some of your weight onto it.
Next when you are balanced and ready, lift your remaining foot off the ground and step onto the hoverboard. Trust me, you don’t need to overthink it. It’s just like climbing up a step!
Now when you have both feet on the hoverboard bend your knees for balance and try to keep as wide of a stance as possible. This just allows you to have more balance and can be done by slowly edging your feet to the furthest sides of the board. (While being comfortable of course).
Now if you lose your balance and step off, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us and will just improve over time until you can keep both feet there.
The awesome thing about most hoverboards is that they are created to automatically keep you balanced once you step on. So after a few tries you will see that standing on a hoverboard is hardly much more different then standing anywhere else.
Step 5. Moving forwards and backwards
After you are feeling comfortable with standing on your hoverboard the next step is getting you to move!
Moving a hoverboard is actually quite simple. It moves, where you lean. If you lean forward it will move forward, if you lean backwards it will come to a stop then start moving backwards.
Let’s start by slowly shifting your weight to your toes until you feel the hoverboard inching forward. Start slow, and don’t lean too much until you are comfortable with your balance and ready to move faster.
Step 6. How to steer a hoverboard
Moving left and right is just as easy as moving forward and backwards, it’s all about the pressure and balance.
Let’s say you want to turn right: To turn right begin by slowly pushing your left foot forward, make sure to keep your right foot horizontal or it will undo your turn.
Imagine it as a z-turn lawn mower (a lawn mower driven by pushing handles forward). The concept is just the same. Each side is independent from the other and by putting pressure in certain areas you can move anyway you desire.
If you wanted to turn left you would do the same thing but just opposite, right foot forward, left foot horizontal.
Step 7. Making a 180 turn
Once you get the basics of moving forward, backward, left and right down, you could honestly figure this one out yourself. Since you will be a hoverboard pro by then!
But if not. Not to worry as the steps to making a 180 degree turn are as simple as can be. All you do is push forward with one foot and backward with the other. That’s it!
However we don’t advise you to do donuts with your hoverboard unless you are planning to fall off after 4-5 turns 😀
Step 8. Getting off your hoverboard
Getting off your hoverboard might be a little more challenging than getting on. While the concept is the same you will need to think of the process in reverse.
Naturally you will want to step off your hoverboard from the front but this is a big no no. Stepping off from the front will cause you to put pressure on the frontal section of the board and can cause the hoverboard to shoot forward from underneath you.
To prevent this, you will want to slowly step off backwards. Just take it nice and easy and follow through with one foot at a time.
Also as a side note please never jump off your hoverboard… Unless it’s on fire, then jump off that thing!
And that’s it! You officially know everything there is to know about riding a hoverboard and taking care of one! Now go and get practising so you can show off your crazy hoverboarding skills!
Hoverboard Safety Tips
1. Watch Your Hoverboard Speed
When riding your hoverboard it is important to watch your hoverboard speed. While it might be fun to travel at faster speeds you always need to consider that there might be people around you and it could be dangerous to do so.
The faster you go, the more careful you should be, whether you are driving a car, of your fun little hoverboard, this rule applies to it all. Most hoverboard will not travel more than 12 miles per hour but even at this speed you can get majorly hurt if you are not careful.
2. Wear Proper Gear
Wearing proper gear is a must when traveling from place to place on your hoverboard. When at home and playing around in your living room you won’t really have many dangers to hide from, but when on the streets proper gear should always be worn.
Proper gear includes a sturdy helmet that can and will protect your head. Knee and elbow protection also is recommended to protect your elbows and knees when/if a fall should occur.
Keep in mind that even if it’s not the funnest and most convenient thing to do, you won’t be able to ride your hoverboard if you are in the hospital.
3. Know Where it’s safe to ride
While riding on a rocky mountain might sound like a good idea at first, well, it’s not. You should always be certain that the areas in which you plan to ride your hoverboard are safe.
Whether it be on the street, through the woods, or around your home. Make sure that your hoverboard can handle the terrain and that you are prepared to safely ride through.
4. Handle slopes with care
Riding up slopes is something most hoverboards these days can easily handle usually up to 15 degrees.
New riders should be aware of slopes and cautious when going up them. Going up certain slopes might cause disturbances in your balance, but fret not as after a few little slopes you will be riding up them like a pro.
5. Stay safe at night
In some situations you will need to drive back home on your hoverboard late at night. This is when your hoverboards LED’s will come in most handy.
While there are still some hoverboards that do not come with lights, most if not all hoverboards these days will come with LED lights to help guide your way and allow others to clearly see you.
To increase your chances of being seen, it is recommended for night travels to wear reflective gear or ideally something bright so cars that pass by can see you.
6. Practice, practice, and practice more!
You’ve heard the saying and you will hear it again, practice makes perfect! So if you are trying to perfect your hoverboarding skills just get on the darn thing and start riding!
While yes it is pretty to look at in the corner of your bedroom, looking at it is not going to increase your hoverboarding skills. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will get riding and balancing on your hoverboard, and the more fun you will have.
7. Your hoverboard is not a skateboard
Yes it’s possible to do all sorts of tricks on a hoverboard and believe it or not there are competitions about it, BUT that doesn’t mean you, a new rider, should be trying to do them all at once!
A hoverboard is not a skateboard, and shouldn’t be treated as one. If you smack your hoverboard too hard, yep, you guessed it, it’s going to break! And then your going to have to spend another $100+ to get another one.
So do yourself and your wallet a favor and don’t toss your hoverboard around like you would a skateboard. Learn some tricks, take it easy, and have fun.
8. Always stay aware
Riding a hoverboard is like riding anything else. You need to focus on the road, and focus on your riding skills. You want to keep your eyes forward, and by all means not get too distracted. Getting distracted can cause you to not see a pothole on the road and end up in a pretty bad visit to the ER if you are not careful, so just do us all a favor and pay attention!
Well you got to the end! You know what this means? It means that you can officially go and start practicing what you just learned in the real world, on your own hoverboard!
This guide was created to help new users to intermediate riders alike in their safety practices and how the basics go in controlling and taking care of their hoverboards.
New users are recommended to just take extra caution when starting off their riding adventures and simply get better over time by constant practicing. That’s honestly all there is to it, practice, practice, and practice more!
Don’t get discouraged if you fall or scratch up your board as it happens to the best of us. It’s all a learning process and you won’t learn unless you fall a few times. Just remember, everytime you fall and get back up, you are gaining confidence and becoming a better rider!
Apart from safety and all the things you have learned here today, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself and just have fun!