Injury Prevention

Scooters, Skates & Boards

Riding on scooters, skateboards and in-line skates can be a lot of fun, but you need to be careful so you don’t get hurt. Follow the safety tips below so you can have fun and be safe at the same time:

  • Make sure your scooter, skateboard or in-line skates are safe. Have your parents check them before you ride.
  • Always wear safety gear, including a helmet, knee and elbow pads and wrist guards.
  • Learn how to control your speed, turn and stop.
  • Ride or skate only on smooth, dry surfaces. Avoid riding or skating on gravel, sand, dirt or other bumpy surfaces or on wet or oily surfaces.
  • Do not ride or skate in the street or on busy sidewalks.
  • Wear bright clothing so others can see you.
  • Always ride or skate on the right hand side or sidewalks, bike paths and trails.
  • Always pass people on the left and remember to yell “Passing on the left,” before passing.
  • Keep your equipment in good condition by checking it often and changing worn wheels and brakes.
  • Be careful going downhill. If a hill is steep, walk to the bottom carrying your scooter, skateboard or skates.
  • Do not ride or skate at night.
  • Obey local signs and laws and ride or skate only where you are allowed.
  • Pay attention to what you and others around you are doing at all times.

If you fall:

  • Try to roll in the direction that you are falling.
  • Try to land on the softest parts of your body.
Last Update
March 7, 2008
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Last Update
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