How to Buy Safety Gear for Riding a Push Scooter

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How to Buy Safety Gear for Riding a Push Scooter

Push scooters for grown-ups and kids have become more and more popular in recent years. The most up-to-date versions on eBayaare significantly more compact and lightweight than their predecessors. The range of push scooters is also far wider than before. 

Push scooters are everywhere; it is not uncommon to find parking racks for ‘scooters only’ at schools. You will see commuters unfolding push scooters as they step out of tube, metro and train stations.  As well as being fun, push scooters are also a rational and environmentally positive form of transport.

Scooter sales in the UK have reached 10,000 per week. With the growing craze for riding scooters comes the usual concern for safety. RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, gives plenty of advice on staying safe while riding a scooter.

This guide highlights the main safety concerns and the gear that can help prevent injury.

Stay off the Road

Scooters were never designed to be used on the roads. Moreover, roads were never designed for scooters. Roads and scooters do not mix well.

A wagon or lorry driver simply cannot see a small person on a little scooter. Worse, car drivers in the ordinary way are not looking out for scooter riders. If they are not looking out for you on a scooter,, the huge risk is that they will not see you.

Other road users expect slower traffic to be equipped like a cyclist; lights front and back, reflectors, high visibility clothing and experienced road awareness.

In the UK, one young person has already been killed while using a scooter on a road. One is enough. Please keep your scooter well away from the road.

Don’t Cross the Road on a Push Scooter

For all of the same reasons given above, please do not even think of crossing the road on your scooter.

  • Bumping down off the kerb risks a fall.
  • Hopping up onto the kerb the other side risks another fall.

Make Sure Fun is Fun

All of that said, riding a scooter is meant to be fun. Make sure that it is fun for you as well as being fun for other people.

For an older person, or someone say in a wheelchair, there are two ways of looking at scooter riders.

  1. First they see people outdoors, getting some good exercise and enjoying life. That’s what they see when they’re at a distance.
  2. When you’re close up, they see something different. What they see and hear is danger.

Now think of how frightening it must be for an older person, who can’t get out of the way so easily, to find a scooter rider travelling towards them at a high speed.

Please be respectful of other people when out and having fun on a scooter.

It should be fun for everyone.

Wear the Gear

It’s Clever to Wear:

When doing stunts on a scooter, all of this safety gear is a must have. These items  can be found easily on eBay.. None of it will cost you very much.

Wearing safety gear could save many unhappy hours of waiting in the Accident and Emergency department of the local hospital.

The whole lot can be bought for less than the price of a scooter on eBay.

Buy it. Wear it. Use it.

Riding a Scooter is Fun

For the most part, there are no falls, no bumps and no bruises. Riding a scooter is a blast. It’s great to be in the outdoors and with playing with mates. If you’re an adult scooter rider, it’s good exercise and a cheap and sustainable mode of transport.

Look out for aluminium push scooters with smaller wheels and handles. These are easy to fold away into backpacks. This type of scooter is considered to be the original push scooters (also known as ‘kick scooters’).

There are also stunt scooters. These have fixed, non-folding handlebars, known as ‘bars’, and cool paint-jobs. These push scooters are heavily influenced by the culture of the skate park.

Before buying, it’s a good idea to get to know a bit more about the push scooter market to figure out how much to spend.

While buying, keep in mind that all outdoor activities have a small element of risk. If buying a scooter for the first time, buy the safety gear too. Not doing so is like buying a car with no seat belts.

Mums and Dads

When buying a scooter for a young one, remember to buy the helmet and other protective equipment too. The skid lid is there for a reason. With the pads and wrist guards it will prevent roughly two out of three of the injuries caused by scooters.

Keep Your Children Involved in the Buying Process.

It is much better for a child to want the kit than to be forced to wear it.

When it comes to safety, there is no such thing as cool. Laid up in hospital is definitely not cool.

Get a lid. Make it look cool. Make sure they wear it.

All the Gear, No Idea

If you are not watching out for the hazards, you will not spot them.

Watch out for:

  • Uneven paving
  • Tree roots
  • Sand and gravel
  • Drain covers
  • Potholes
  • Puddles
  • The silt that sometimes builds up on the edges of pavements.

Little wheels are caught or trapped much more easily than big ones; don’t treat your scooter like a bicycle.

Folding Scooters

Mums, dads, guardians and carers should check that the folding mechanism cannot trap fingers.

Take care when folding a scooter down. Teach children how to do it safely.

Most of the mechanisms are as safe as they can be but take care of fingers, especially small ones.

Never fold a scooter down in a hurry; it’s just too easy to make a mistake.

Never Use Scooter Indoors

Crowded areas and scooters do not mix well. Never use a scooter in indoor areas such as:

  • bus stations
  • shopping centres
  • railway stations

 It’s not the scooter rider that is the worry; it’s the pedestrians. They won’t be expecting a scooter and its speed might surprise them.

When indoors, fold the scooter away. If it is a rigid scooter, either:

  • pick it up and carry it over your shoulder, taking care not to bump into people
  • wheel it along beside you at walking pace

How to Buy Push Scooters on eBay

While shopping, don't forget Tricycles & Trikes,, Ride-on Cars,, Garden Games & Activities,, Other Outdoor Toys/ Activities& and Pogo Sticks..  To start shopping, go to the Sports and Leisure category. Click the Sporting Goods portal aand click Scooters..

Categories

The Categories list on the left side of each page will help narrow down the listings by item type. There are links for Electric Scooters,, Petrol Scooters,, Pocket Bikes,, Push Scooters and Other Scooters.. Refining a search helps  to narrow down choices by subcategory.

Product Finder

Use the Push Scooter Finder to quickly narrow down item listings by brand, model and condition (new or used).

Keyword Search

Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find a new push scooter, type the keywords "push scooter new" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click, "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips ppage for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now,, or save a search oon My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.

Buy Push Scooters with Confidence

Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know Your Item

  • Read the details in the item listing carefully.
  • Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.
  • If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.
  • Always complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy it Now or Best Offer) otherwise you will not be covered by eBay Buyer Protection.
  • Never pay for your eBay item using an instant cash wire transfer service like Western Union or Moneygram. These are not safe ways of paying someone you do not know.

    Know Your Seller

    Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.

  • What is the seller’s Feedback rating? 
  • How many transactions have they completed?
  • How many positive responses do they have?
  • What do buyers say in their Feedback? 
  • Are they positive about the seller?

    Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.

  • Do they offer a money-back guarantee? 
  • What are their terms and conditions?

    Buyer Protection

    In the very unlikely event that you do not receive your item or it is not as described, eBay Buyer Protection covers your purchase price plus original delivery cost.

    Conclusion

     Push scooters have seen huge developments over the years. The choice today is wider than ever before.  Price depends on the materials and brand and this tends to be dictated by the materials used in their construction and the perceived quality that the brand offers. 

    Affordability in the end comes down to opinion of whether the goods are worth the money.  Push scooters are robust, simple to use and fun. They are easy to store and transport (thanks to the folding handlebar assembly).  This works for everybody from kids to commuters, so the consumer base is also very diverse. 

    eBay is the ideal place to research the market and buy a new or used push scooter. This guide will help ensure that you make good use all the tools available and get the most from using eBay. 

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