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About Scooters

There is no doubt that scooters are fast becoming the most popular means of personal transportation. Because of its efficiency, relatively low price, ease of use, and lack of strict rules regarding their use, more and more people have started to keep their cars at home.  

People used to think that scooters are only for kids. If you asked them, they would say “No self-respecting person would ever ride a scooter”. But gone are those days. These days there are more scooterists on the road than ever. The day when all of them will swarm the bike lanes is not far away. Governments across the globe are also promoting this economical and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Not only will scooters free up the roads, but they can significantly reduce a person’s carbon footprint. But before you buy one, you must know at least the difference between various types of scooters. This article will help you with that.  

Different types of scooters 

A few decades ago, it was much easier to shop for a scooter. There weren't many varieties of it back then. But these days, 'scooter' is an umbrella term for a lot of different kinds of scooters ranging from the push scooters that kids play with to more serious modes of mobility. So, here is a list of the most common types of scooters that you will come across. Knowing how they are different and what are their different features will help you make a better choice when you are shopping.  

Kick scooters 

When you slightly change the wheel configuration of a skateboard and add handlebars, you get a kick scooter. And just like skateboards, they are a means for short commutes and to perform stunts. The way you stand on a kick scooter is not like a skateboard though. Because the deck will be larger than a skateboard, you can keep your both feet pointing forward on a kick scooter. These are mostly used by children, but there are adult kick scooters as well. But these days, after the advent of electric scooters, older people do not prefer kick scooters.  

Folding electric scooter 

Due to their affordability and convenience, electric scooters are very popular these days. Folding electric scooters are electric versions of kick scooters. The only addition is a battery pack and a throttle and, in some cases, a small screen to display the speed and battery. People use them for short-distance daily commutes instead of taking public transport. And because they are foldable, you can even travel with them on the buses and metro trains. Depending on the model, these can have a range of up to 50 kilometres, which is more than enough for getting around the city if you are on your own.  

Electric scooter with seat  

Experts say that personal mobility is the future of in-city transportation. Because of the growing concerns over Global warming and people getting tired of spending hours in gridlocks, more and more people will use it for short commutes. Compared to folding electric scooters, electric scooters with seats feel more stable and in your hands. Also, the seat stem allows more space for bigger batteries. If you want, you can attach a small basket to the seat stem to store your bag as you ride. But the downside is that they do not have the portability of a foldable scooter. So, tough luck if you want to take it with you on a bus. 

Off-road electric scooter

What if you want to ride an electric scooter but want to take it through a much more challenging terrain? Normal electric scooters with their small wheels and less powerful motors are not the ideal fit for that. In that case, off-road electric scooters can save your day. Off-Road scooters have bigger and chunkier tyres and beefier batteries that hold more juice. They are also extremely sturdy and can take a lot of beating. And to climb steeper slopes, you need more horsepower. A typical off-road scooter comes with a 1600 Watts motor that will let you go at a max speed of 30 kilometres per hour.

Tips on buying the right kind of scooter

Scooters are the best form of personal transportation. But having a scooter that is not right for you is as useful as not having them in the first place. To make sure that you get the most out of your investment, you have to consider your lifestyle and the performance you want out of the scooter before buying. Here are a few simple tips that you can follow when you are shopping for scooters. 
  • Consider the price- There are a lot of different types of scooters depending on the type, brand, built quality and battery capacity. Get the one where you find the right balance between utility and price point. On shops.ae you will find many cheap scooters to buy. 
  • Durability- The durability of the scooter depends on the built quality, and the battery and the motor in case of an electric one.  The expected lifespan of an electric scooter is 2-3 years before any major repairs. You might be able to extend this with proper care and maintenance. 
  • Comfort- Look for how efficiently the scooter absorbs shocks. If you feel every dip and bump on the road, it won't be a fun experience riding it. In the case of foldable scooters, make sure that the deck has enough space for you to accommodate your feet. 
  • Range and speed- For electric scooters, the range is an important selling point. You will find electric scooters with a range of 20 kilometres to all the way up to 50 kilometres. More range means bigger batteries and a higher price point. 
  • Weight- This is a major thing to consider in case of portable scooters. You will have to lift the scooter multiple times during a ride. Be it to carry it to the top of a staircase or inside a metro station where you are not allowed to ride it. So, you don't want to break your back while carrying the scooter. 
Apart from these, there are a few more minor things. It is important to choose a scooter with the right size to ensure a comfortable ride. And if you haven't used scooters ever before get accustomed to riding a normal scooter before going for off-road scooters and its likes.

Question & Answer

Why are scooters so popular? 

There are more than one reasons for this phenomenon. Due to the ever-increasing number of cars on the road, getting around the city in a car is increasingly difficult. So, for some people, riding a scooter is far more convenient and faster means of transport. Even those who live a little bit far away from their office prefer using a combination of scooters and public transport. Another reason is that today's youth are aware of the threat traditional combustion engine cars are posing to the environment. Finally, they are cheaper than a car when you take into account the cost of petrol and parking. 

Are scooters safe? 

You have to consider a few things to understand this. Mostly, people do not use scooters for long-distance trips. They are not built for that, nor are they comfortable for long rides. So, when you are using scooters in a city, you are treated similar to a pedestrian. Because of this, the chances of getting run over by another vehicle is not any higher than if you are walking. But there is the risk of falls. You can reduce the impact of a fall by wearing helmets and knee and elbow protection. Apart from that, be mindful of other people that are using the sidewalks, as well. Depending on where you live, you will also need to follow the local rules. 

Is riding a scooter difficult? 

For those who know how to ride a bike, driving a scooter is not any difficult. But still, it will take you some time to get used to a new bike. It won't take that long to get over that learning phase, though. Ride slowly and take extra care for the first few days on the scooter. After that, you will feel confident enough to go faster and make quick turns. Regardless of how safe and comfortable you feel, do not ride without proper safety equipment. A good quality helmet and high visibility vest are important. If you want, wear knee and elbow pads as well.

How durable are electric scooters? 

Electric scooters polarised people from their beginning. Those who rode them loved it, but those who didn't think they were a nuisance. But everyone agrees that they are worth the money. They haven't been around for long, so it is hard to tell how long they will last conclusively. But on average, they hold on for three years. But those riders who are abusive to their scooters can skew the average to the lower end. So, if you are careful to maintain the scooter properly and do not ride them through pools of water, they can stick around for a long time.  Shops.ae, the largest product search engine in the middle east, is the best place to buy electric scooters in the UAE. Here, there are more than 500 shops and brands offering scooters. These include brands like Fuzion, TFoxEnvy SeriesMadd Gear, and Phoenix. Explore the collections from shops like Menakart and more.