Most people get a hoverboard when they don’t even know how to ride one. When they eventually receive the board of their choice, they notice how wobbly they are and say to themselves that they ought to have learned how to ride before ordering. But what better time is there to learn how to ride than to take advantage of the present moment when you already have your own board with you?
Well, this is a simple guide on how to ride a hoverboard. You will probably need to practice for 15 minutes before taking off like a pro.
Make sure the battery is fully charged since you can’t ride a dead hoverboard. Also, the LED lights must face forward. Sure, there is no front or backwards on a hoverboard. But it really gets weird when you have to ride while the LED lights are facing backwards.
The next step is to switch on the power and set it to beginner or entry mode if the model has a feature called RoboTTurbo. Put your right foot on top of the board (or your left foot if you’re left-handed) and move it into an upright level position. Once you’re ready, just lift the other foot off the ground and onto the board. Just do it the way you normally use the staircase without overthinking. The good thing with a hoverboard is that it is electronically-designed to do the balancing once you’re stepping on it with both legs. However, if your balance isn’t that good, you could practice it next to a wall to support yourself.
Start the journey
Now that learning how to balance is out of the way, your next step is to learn how to get going. You can achieve this by shifting your body weight forward and then slightly leaning backwards as the thing moves forward. You can only master this step as you get more riding time on the board.
How to change direction
To change the direction of the hoverboard, you have to apply pressure on your right or left leg depending on where you want to go. If you’re turning right, then your left foot has to move forward. If turning left, then your right foot has to move forward. The independent foot pressure will give it a twisting motion to the desired direction. The rest is electronically-controlled.
However, when practicing how to turn safely, you should start with slow but controlled turns before graduating to the more advances quick spins. Keep in mind that the real fun will be awaiting you once you learn how to spin. It’s the most exciting part of it. As you build speed and skill, you could spin it quickly and even take it to your dance routine. This is called Hover-dancing.
By now, you should be getting a good grip of how things are on top of this board. You are a young apprentice who just discovered a new skill, and that’s a good thing since you’re going to have fun riding your hoverboard anywhere you’d like to go. It’s just that simple.