Whether you received a hoverboard as a gift or you saved up your lunch money to buy one of these dream hoverboards, you finally got the two-wheeler self-balancing scooter of your dreams.
But wait – do you know how to use a hoverboard? Well, the good news is that it is easy to learn, especially if riding on one of these hoverboards made for beginners.
After seeing videos of people wiping out on hoverboards onlne, you may feel hesitant to even step onto your hoverboard for the first time. You may also think you need to get some safety accessories. (and we recommend that).
But once you’re ready, it’s time to go for it and start riding your hoverboard. You may be little wobbly at first, but with some practice, you’ll only improve. In this article, I will take you through step-by-step instructions on riding a hoverboard for the first time!
For even more information and videos, I’ve got this similar guide focused a the single most important aspect of riding a hoverboard: how to control a hoverboard!
Before Riding A Hoverboard
First of all, make sure you read the entire manual that came with your hoverboard. Manufacturers usually throw in a manual with your hoverboard so you can read all about it and make sure that you understand your product before you get on it.
If you can’t find the instructions in the box, you can can usually find them on the manufacturer’s website or in some YouTube videos.
To turn on the scooter, you need to push the power button which is usually located on the back side, close to the charging port. You will need to check whether or not the device is fully charged, and if it is not then charge it to 100% using the cable provided.
If the device has been fully charged and still doesn’t work, then there may be something wrong; see these instructions on how to fix a hoverboard.
If the self-balancing scooter is fully charged and there are no issues of concern, it’s time to try boarding it for the first time!
Follow the steps below, or click play on this video if you are more of a visual learner. I recommend doing both!
How to Use a Hoverboard
To begin, you need to first turn on the power and have the LED lights (if it has any) facing forward. Many hoverboards do not have a front side or back side, but we think it looks little funny to have the lights at the back if you do have them.
Step 1. How to step on a hoverboard
Start by putting one foot (preferably the dominant one, that is, your right foot if you are right-handed and left food if you are left-handed) on the self-balancing scooter.
Use that foot to put the hoverboard in an upright riding position. Then you can lift your other foot off the ground and place in on the board’s other foot pad. When you start off, try not to overthink it or be nervous about falling. Hesitating is what causes most falls by newbies.
Step onto the hoverboard just like you would climb stairs, and let the board’s self-balancing technology take over. These self-balancing scooters are designed in a way to help you electronically balance both your feet on the board.
As you can see in the above video, most of the time, you’ll want to put your feet as widely (or as far apart from each other) as possible on the board to increase balance. It is better to have a wider stance instead of placing your feet too close to each other, because your weight will be more spread out.
Tips if you’re still scared
- Try this on grass, just in case you fall, but do note that some hoverboards don’t ride well on grass, so you aren’t going to get very far. It’s just for trying to get on the hoverboard for the first time.
- You could also try on carpet, but only do this if the room is large enough. Even then, it comes with the risk of running into a wall or some other object in your room.
- Gain additional balance by standing next to a wall and holding onto it with one or both hands for additional support. However, you are more likely to adopt an awkward or non-straight stance if doing so, so I personally wouldn’t bother.
- Some hoverboards come with a ‘training mode’, which makes it easier to use all around, and less likely for you to faceplant.
Step 2. How to move forward and backward
After you’re able to maintain a good balance while standing on the board, it is time to start moving. You can do this by moving your body weight in the direction you want to go.
If you want to move forward, just press the front of your feet (i.e. your toes) slightly down, and the hoverboard should start traveling forward. Similarly, if you want to move backward, press down with the heels of your foot.
What you shouldn’t do, however, is lean too far forward or backwards with your whole body. Your body is meant to stay straight, with your weight centered, the whole time. Crouching down a little can help to achieve this.
As you can see in the below photo, your body is going to naturally lean slightly forward when you do this. But don’t intentionally lean too far forward or backwards. This will just result in falling fat on your face or butt.
While the and mechanics behind this is very simple, there’s always a learning curve to something new. To get it right, you just need to keep practicing.
You may lose your balance or feel wobbly sometimes when you are practicing, but that happens with everybody, so don’t worry about it! If you practice every day consistently, you will soon have a more stable control of your ride, and riding your hoverboard will become as natural as riding a bike.
Step 3. How to turn your hoverboard from side to side or spin it
You may notice that on hoverboards, the two foot pads can be triggered independently of each other. If you want to turn your hoverboard to the left, press down with the front of your right foot only. To turn right, use your left foot to push down only.
For a normal turn, such as turning 45 degrees around the corner of the street, you’ll need to be in motion first to achieve this. You’ll want to apply just enough pressure to make the board turn to a desired angle, and then return to equal pressure again to continue going straight after turning.
If you try doing this from a stationary position, the result will be that you’ll just start spinning. Do it harder, and you’ll spin faster, eventually getting dizzy.
As you can probably imagine, doing this with the front of the right will cause you to twist in a clockwise direction, while pushing the left foot forward will make you go anti-clockwise.
You will also notice that the back of your feet should come into play here. Stepping backwards with your right foot can have the same effect as stepping forwards with your left foot. Doing both at the same time will result in a sharper turn. Once you become more experienced, you’ll find your use your two feet in unison to achieve the desired turns and spins.
Once you are feeling comfortable, you should be able to move any position you want. You will even be able to navigate obstacles or find your way into narrower spaces.
And if you are confident enough, you can also try doing the same thing, but in reverse. And when you get to that point, you may even want to try doing some of these other crazy hoverboard tricks!
Step 4. How to Stop a Hoverboard
Hold on a second. Before you get to the point of doing wild stunts on your hoverboard, you’ll probably want to know how to stop, right? A hoverboard is not like a skateboard, on which you can flip the whole board up to scratch the back along the ground and come to a stop.
To stop your hoverboard when it’s in motion, you pretty much just have to do the reverse of what you did to get it going. If you’re traveling forward, push down slowly with the backs (heels) of your feet to slow the hoverboard down until the point that it stops. Once the board stops, stop pressing backwards, otherwise you’ll start traveling in a backwards direction!
It’s important not to lean backwards too hard, though, otherwise you may fall. You’ll body will become naturally used to how much pressure is needed to do what you want it to do, and it will soon enough become second nature!
Step 5. How to dismount
Once you’ve come to a standstill position, simply step off. This is just the opposite of how you got on in the first place. This means stepping backwards, with the left foot first (if you’re right-handed), followed by the right foot. Try to maintain core balance while you’re getting off my crouching a little and not leaning in any direction.
Obviously, don’t try to get off while the board is in motion or to jump off, unless you are looking to get hurt!
When you are first starting out, you may be so excited to start cruising around that you may skip one of the above steps and end up on the ground.
Once you’ve mastered getting on, try to keep it slow and steady to get more control over your speed and first turns. Always focus on balancing on the hoverboard until it becomes second nature for you.
I would recommend getting comfortable first before trying anything too crazy. As a professional hoverboard rider, you will soon enough be able to spin quickly at one place and awe people with your hover-dancing skills.
As a final word of warning: make sure you handle slopes with utmost care. While most of the brands can handle a slope of up to 15 degrees, it often varies with models. If you go too fast, you will hear a beep that tells you have maxed the speed and need to slow down.
A final thought to leave you with:
And one more tip before I let you go to ride your new hoverboard: this may not be something you would consider, but I think it is very important. Exercise. Here is a quote from a hoverboard rider who had an interview with USA Today.
“If you have a weak core or weak set of abdominal muscles, there is an increased risk of falling forward or backward, which can cause elbow fractures, ankle injuries, wrist fractures and there is a risk for traumatic brain injury or concussion,”
You want to make sure that you have a strong abdominal muscles so that you can balance yourself and move back and forth without any problems. The last thing you want to do is get injured and not be able to have fun.
Okay. Enough with “mom’s talk”. Go out there and have some fun!!!