Electric scooters have skyrocketed in popularity in the past couple of years. As such, you have likely seen an increase in the number of scooters on Tallahassee’s streets. Interestingly, the city has an e-scooter pilot program to gauge the feasibility of scooter rentals throughout the city. That pilot program runs through March 15, 2020.

As you may suspect, with the popularity of scooter rentals comes an increase in the number of scooter accidents in Florida. Many of these accidents result in some type of injury to the rider. Sadly, according to news reports, a 27-year-old man died recently when a car struck the scooter he was riding in Fort Lauderdale. If you want to increase your odds of staying safe on a rented scooter, you may want to consider the following tips.

  1. Expect surprises

E-scooters go faster than you may think. Before heading out on one, you should expect the scooter’s speed to surprise you. Therefore, always test out the scooter in a safe environment before entering public roadways.

  1. Go slowly

Even though your e-scooter is capable of reaching some impressive speeds, you do not have to try to break any velocity records. Instead, try to enjoy your scooter at slow or moderate speeds. Doing so maximizes your opportunity to navigate around road hazards or stop before hitting them.

  1. Wear a helmet

A traumatic brain injury can have life-long consequences. Unfortunately, you do not have to fall from a high point to injure your head, neck or skull. Accordingly, always wear a safety-rated helmet when riding an e-scooter.

  1. Stay off crowded roads

Because e-scooters are new to the Tallahassee community, motorists may not expect to encounter you riding one. As such, you should avoid traffic whenever possible. Also, plan your route to miss more congested roadways.

Renting an e-scooter is a fun way to explore the neighborhood. As Tallahassee’s scooter rental pilot program suggests, though, there are many safety concerns that city leaders may not have had time to address. With some caution and a bit of vigilance, you can likely stay safe when riding a rented scooter.