Riding Safely

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE USING ANY BEN BUCKLER BOARDS PRODUCTS

Contents:
Riding personal mobility devices
Riding paddle boards

 

Riding personal mobility devices

Innovative vehicles and motorised mobility devices (MMD's) include:

How to ride safely

  • Always wear a helmet and other safety equipment when riding the board.

  • Your skateboard can lose brakes and power during your ride at any time due to low battery on the skateboard or remote, or due to electrical or other interference with the wireless connection. For this reason, you should only ride your board at speeds which allow you to safely stop the board without power or brakes. This means, getting comfortable with slowing down by using one foot sliding along the ground.

  • Always obey and check the local road rules and other applicable laws in your area for where you can ride. Do not ride on busy roads with line markings as this is dangerous to yourself and other road users.

    Please note that personal electric mobility devices such as electric skateboards are not legal to ride in NSW, unless you are on private property with no public access. Here are links to more information relevant to NSW:

    http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/registration/unregistered.html

    http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/pedestrians/skateboardsfootscootersandrollerblades/index.html

  • The fastest speed modes are very powerful and the trigger is highly sensitive. Be sure to be very gentle with the trigger control to avoid being thrown off the board and only ride to your ability. Start by trying to move as slowly as possible within these speed modes when both using the brakes and acceleration.

  • Do not ride the board if you are fatigued, unwell or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Do not ride the board in adverse weather conditions. The board may slide from under your feet causing injury to yourself and/or others.

  • Always maintain your board in good working order as this is your responsibility. Regularly check and tighten all screws/nuts throughout the skateboard. Always clean your bearings for safe performance and the best roll and quietest/smoothest ride (including the bearing in the drive gear). Bearings get dirty and affect ride quality and may reduce battery performance, causing possible bearing failure which may injure yourself and/or others.

Riding around pedestrians

If you are in a location where is it legal to ride electric mobility devices, please adhere to our guidance:

  • Always respect pedestrians by giving them right of way, no matter where you are. If you are unsure, stop and allow pedestrians safe passage past you!

  • In busy areas slow down to walking pace or less so that you set a good example, by showing pedestrians how safe they are to use. If the area is too busy, pick up your device and walk with everyone else.

  • Pay extra attention to the possibility of pedestrians stepping out of pathways and shops without looking. Pedestrians will not expect you to be in their way, unless they can see you.

  • Try to find roads and paths that are free of pedestrians. There are plenty of back roads and lane ways that are under used and free of all traffic.

  • We recommend a bell be worn on your hand, so that you can alert pedestrians before you pass them. Electric mobility devices are silent, so you need to make sure your approach is heard.

  • Note that animals and children will behave unexpectedly, so please give them extra space when passing. Dogs have been known to chase electric skateboards, so be prepared to stop and wait for the owner's assistance.


Warnings:

  • Avoid water - electric skateboards are not completely waterproof. The electronics, bearings and other components may be damaged due to water ingress and water damage is not covered by warranty. Riding in wet conditions is also very dangerous and may cause injury to yourself and others.

  • Abuse – the board is not designed to be subjected to rough handling. Do not jump on the board, do not ride off gutters or curbs, do not smash the board into hard objects, do not drop the board on the ground for starting operation. Although the product has been made to handle spirited riding, it is still an electrical product and needs to be handled with care and respect. Our warranty does not cover any damage to the board as result of rough handling or misuse .

  • Whenever you ride an electric skateboard, you risk serious injury or even death from loss of control, collisions, and falls. While this information and other information included with your board provide guidance on how to most safely use your board, failure to exercise due care, skill and diligence may put you at risk of serious injury or death should you lose control, suffer a collision or fall off your board. You must read ALL instructions and safety messages and warnings in the product manuals.

  • Riding on Hills - riding on hills can be very dangerous; what goes up must come down! If you ride up a steep hill and you intend to ride down the same hill, you must be competent at controlling your speed and direction without the aid of the electronic brakes if ever there was a malfunction or there was a situation where the electronic brakes fail.

Ride with friends:

 

 

Riding paddle boards

Where to paddle

  • Check the weather warnings before you set off to ensure you are comfortable with the swell and the wind forecasts. The wind and swell direction can help you select the best paddling location before you travel there. We use: 
    https://magicseaweed.com/
    https://www.coastalwatch.com/
    https://www.swellnet.com/

  • Look out for rips and currents before you enter the water. If you are not sure, please read more here: http://lifesaving.com.au/rips/

  • If you are at a beach, please respect the local surf lifesaver instructions and stay well away from red & yellow flags, the surf craft signs and stay away from swimmers.

  • If you are new to a water way or river, seek local advice before entering, as rivers may be subject to flash flooding in certain areas.

How to prepare

  • Take a friend or let someone know where you are going.

  • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, which might be wetsuit or rashie. Apply sunscreen before you get to the water. Consider a hat and sunglasses in extreme heat.

  • Plan how you will secure you car, by taking a key lock such as this: https://fksurf.com/products/fk-keysafe

    You will be able to lock your car, place the keys in the key safe, then lock the key safe to your car with a combo lock. All the surfers use them for their convenience.

  • Ensure your leg rope and fins are secured to the board before you leave and don't forget to take your paddle!

 

Have fun everyone! Peace.