If you have decided to commune on a hoverboard then congratulations – you are ahead of the curve. Many people think of hoverboards as a toy for kids, not realizing the immense potential it has as a mobility tool. What is funny is that all technology is treated like this in the beginning. There was a time when parents would by kids computers as a Christmas gift, thinking it was a good toy for them. There was a time when people thought cellphones were stupid, because who needs a phone on them at all times? People also thought the email and internet shopping were fads.
What we are saying is that society in general is terrible at predicting what will work and what will not work. Everyone seemed to think that Segway would end up revolutionize the world, yet see how that turned out. We don’t even remember the last time we saw someone on Segway who was not a security guard in a mall. Now the same people who were hyping up Segway are ignoring how hoverboards are everything that Segway tried to be.
- 1 Why hoverboards are the perfect commuting solution
- 2 Things you need to know before commuting on hoverboards
Why hoverboards are the perfect commuting solution
So, what makes hoverboards so revolutionary? Well, here is why they will end up becoming the best way for your daily travels.
Unless you live right next to your office or school you need a way to get to it. Now let’s look at the many different ways one can get to their class or work. Public transport is easily the best way in most ways, the problem is that public transport isn’t really available everywhere. Aside from some dense urban environments there aren’t really good public transport options available to people. Often the bus stop is so far from your home and the bus stop you have to get off on is so far from your destination that public transport.
Compare buying a car to buying a hoverboard and you quickly realize that there isn’t even a comparison. You could probably buy 50 hoverboards at the average price of a new car. Hoverboards are also cheaper than bikes. Sure, you can get bicycles that are cheaper but you have to use your own energy to ride them. They are good for your health and are a productive way to get around but they make you tired. If your job requires physical labor you do not want to exhaust yourself on the way to work.
See why hoverboards are the future of commuting? They are so affordable that most people can buy them.
Ease of use
Hoverboards are the easiest personal mobility tool to learn and use. Remember how hard it was to drive a car in the beginning? We need classes and licenses for driving and still so many people drive the wrong way. Learning how to ride a bicycle is hard. It is easy once you get it but it seems impossible in the beginning. The same is true for motorcycles. Skateboards are hard too.
Hoverboards, on the other hand, only need a few minutes of practice. An hour of riding and you are practically a hoverboard expert. It is the easiest mobility device to pick up and learn. If you buy one for your family your whole family will know how to ride the hoverboard by the end of the day. It makes it easier to make it possible for everyone to be independent.
Hoverboards aren’t just easy to use, they are also the safest way to get around. Bicycles are unsafe unless you live in a place with bike lanes and even then someone may hit you. We all know how cars can be dangerous. Motorcycles may be the single most dangerous way to get anywhere. You are sitting completely unprotected on a machine that can run incredibly fast. One bump and you will be in the worst accident of your life.
Hoverboards, on the other hand, are very safe. Their top speed is 15mph. Do you know how much it hurts when you hit something at 15mph? It doesn’t hurt at all. The only thing you have to worry about is running into something and falling down, because falling down is the worst thing that can happen to you when you are on a hoverboard. You don’t have to worry about the cars around you. Hoverboards are used on the sidewalk, they aren’t on the road at all, so all the dangers of the roads are away from you.
This is a big one. It is much more responsible to commute on a hoverboard than it is to take a car. It is easy to see why. Just look at your car. It is a huge machine. Most of us commute alone. One whole car, with its powerful gas guzzling engine, and its incredible weight is just overkill to transport just one person. Think about how inefficient you are being if you take your car to work and if you go alone. If you have four other people sitting with you then it isn’t inefficient, but a whole car just for one person? It is definitely a bad use of the limited resources we have here on our planet. Motorbikes are much better but even they run on gas.
Hoverboards, on the other hand, are incredibly efficient. They move one person at a safe speed and that is it. They use the minimum amount of energy possible to make their battery last. You cannot find a better way to get around if you count environmental impact. Bicycles are better but that is simply because they don’t require power at all. There are no powered mobility solutions available that are more efficient than hoverboards. The amount of energy you use to go to the office one day in a car will easily be able to power more than a month of using a hoverboard to do the same. There isn’t even a comparison, there’s that much of a difference between the two.
Things you need to know before commuting on hoverboards
So we have covered why you should use a hoverboard to commute, now let’s talk about the things you need to do in order to do it right. Here is what you need to know.
The laws in your city
Hoverboards are legal to use and there are no hoverboard related laws in most places. There are, however, some places which have rules about hoverboards. Generally it is the smaller cities with small governments that enact such laws. You will not find any federal or state level laws about hoverboards, because hoverboards don’t cause enough of a problem for them to get involved.
The laws regarding hoverboards do not ban hoverboards; they just govern where you can use them. Some cities have chosen to ban hoverboards in parks. Some ban hoverboards in specific areas where they are concerned about security, like places which have government buildings. However, there is no template for hoverboard related laws. They don’t exist in most places and when they do exist they differ a lot. Before you start commuting you need to find out what the laws are in your city about hoverboards. You need to find out if there is any area which comes in your commute which you will not be able to traverse on a hoverboard.
Also, make sure that you are allowed to ride these on hoverboards. That is also a weird legal grey area where a cop may ask you about your usage of the hoverboard on the sidewalk. They may be confused about it themselves if your city doesn’t have a lot of people using hoverboards. Knowing the law will mean you can clear their confusion and go on riding your hoverboard without any issues.
It may sound complicated but it isn’t. All you have to do to make sure everything is legal is Google ‘’your city’s name hoverboard laws’’ and whatever the laws are will be in the search results. It will take you only 10-15 minutes to find out all the laws and it will save you a lot of hassle, so make sure you do it.
How long is your commute?
As great as hoverboards are, they are still a new technology. Their batteries aren’t powerful enough for them to be used the whole day. That is why you need to look at how long your commute is. If you drive for 10-20 minutes in a day you should be able to substitute the car for a hoverboard without any issues. However, if you drive on the freeway or if you drive for an hour then you cannot use a hoverboard to commute. If it takes you an hour to reach work in a car, it will take you considerably longer on a hoverboard. Cars can go much faster than hoverboards and they often have the shortest route as well. So make sure the length of your comment doesn’t make it unreasonable.
Then there’s the fact that you have to worry about charging. The first thing you need to do is test the hoverboard and how long it runs for. Do not just believe in the specifications. They may tell you that the hoverboard will run for 1 hour. But you don’t know under what conditions that specification was measured. You don’t know if the battery in your hoverboard is of a lower quality than the one that was used to test the hoverboard for the specifications. You don’t know how heavy the person riding the hoverboard was. Heavier people need more power which shortens the duration your battery can handle.
There is a very easy way to measure the actual life of your battery. Just ride around your house doing fun things until the batteries run out. Time it when you start riding and when the batteries run out. Congratulations, you know now exactly how far you can travel with your hoverboard. If your commute is longer than the charge your hoverboard can handle then there is nothing you can do.
We would recommend keeping a margin of 10 minutes. If your hoverboard can handle 60 minutes of riding and it takes you 50 minutes to get to work, you can use it. Anything less than that is not acceptable. You never know what traffic you may run into or anything else which may happen, which is why it is always nice to keep a safety margin when measuring such things.
The better, more expensive hoverboards are much better at this. They are made by legitimate companies who do proper testing. When you measure the performance of a cheap hoverboard and compare it to the specifications in its product manual you will find a lot of discrepancies. However, when you test a hoverboard from a company with a good reputation, you will find your product is the same as what the instruction manual says. They will not be exactly the same, since you did not test them in a factory the way they did, but the differences will be slight. This is how you know you bought a high quality hoverboard. Only bad hoverboard manufacturers fudge the numbers.
If you are really committed to using a hoverboard for your commute you can try getting a more hardcore hoverboard. There are many expensive hoverboards with greater battery capacities than the cheap ones. If you are willing to pay a bit more then you will be able to get a hoverboard which covers your commute.
Where can you charge it?
This one is very important. If you plan to use your hoverboard to commute you need a way to charge it as well. Otherwise it will be too inconvenient for you to use the hoverboard to commute. If you go to a place where you do not have a charging point, we recommend not using the hoverboard at all. You never know when you may have to travel a bit extra. Being out of juice is a very real problem. If you take it to the office there isn’t any trouble. You will not have a problem finding a safe place in the office to leave your hoverboard on charge.
Leaving it on charge in a public place like a university is just asking for it to be stolen. However there are many universities these days which offer charging stations, so find out if you have access to any of those. Again, this information should be easily available with a single Google search.
We would highly recommend buying an extra charger and leaving it in your office. If you have only one charger you will have to carry it around with you. The worst part is that we are forgetful people. You may forget it in the office, which will mean that you cannot use the hoverboard to go to the office tomorrow. If you leave it at home then you may not be able to use the hoverboard to go back home again. That is why you need to make sure that you have a charger not just at home but at your destination as well.
Don’t worry about the cost. Chargers are very cheap and can be easily bought off the internet.
Do other people use hoverboards to commute?
This part is very important. You need to find out if anyone uses a hoverboard to commute. This is easy to detect as well. The next time you are riding a bus or driving to work just keep an eye on the sidewalks. If you see anyone using a hoverboard you are in luck.
Why is it important? It all goes back to the way our cities are designed. Old cities, back before cars were invented, were made to be traversed on foot. If you go to Europe, which has cities much older than what you will find in most other places on earth, you see this problem firsthand. Even in major cities like Paris there are old areas which have streets so narrow that it is impossible to take a car there. Those places were designed before cars were invented, which is why it is inconvenient to use cars in such places. Modern cities are made with the assumption that you will be using a car to get around, which is why they are so convenient to use.
Now, every city we have right now was made before hoverboards were a thing. They were are not designed for hoverboard usage at all. (Side note. Can you imagine how fun it will be if a city was made with the assumption that people will get around on hoverboards? Just smooth sidewalks instead of roads. People moving freely. It would be great.) This means that the policies, the construction, the infrastructure – all of it is not being done with hoverboards in mind. This creates certain problems.
What problems does it create? Well, there are many surfaces you can walk on but you cannot use a hoverboard on. Maybe the sidewalks end at some places and there is a rough patch you walk through. Maybe there is tall grass on some of the areas for walking, which doesn’t play well with hoverboards. The most common problem however are bumps. Bumpy sidewalks are not a problem at all for people who are walking. You just feel the bumps with your feet, it doesn’t impede your ability to move. It is important because it means that bumpy sidewalks are not a priority to fix and may remain that way for years.
This is a problem for hoverboard owners because it means that there are sidewalks which may be too bumpy for them to ride on. These may not be repaired for years. This is why you need to find out if anyone else commutes to your workplace. Even better than looking at the sidewalks would be to just ask the person guarding your office/school if anyone comes in on a hoverboard. If they tell you that they have seen people do it ask them who they saw.
Then you go to that person and ask them how the experience is. If they tell you that they do not face any problems you are good to go. If they do face some problems you can ask them what measures they take to solve those problems. This will allow you to figure out how to safely use your hoverboard to commute.
If you do not find anyone then you will have to go on a journey of discovery yourself. It is easy to do. You will just have to account for the fact that you may need to find another way to travel if you face a problem. Just wake up earlier than normal one day and leave home earlier than normal. Do this to make sure you have extra time to deal with any unexpected problems. Just ride it to your workplace and see how it goes.
This is all you need to know to commute on a hoverboard as an adult. All it takes is one day of exploration and you will know all the problems you can potentially face. Also, remember that hoverboards can only support a limited amount of weight. A slightly overweight adult should be okay but anything more than that may cause problems. All hoverboards tell you their maximum weight capacity in the specifications so make sure you read them carefully.