One of the most common problems that people usually get into when using public transportation is the “last miles” and “first miles” issue. How do you decide what would be the quickest way to get you to the nearest bus station or subway station?
Well, most people would have to go with the option of walking since not many vehicles are available in the big city. However, with the recent development in personal mobility devices, you can now choose to ride your electric skateboards or electric scooter for your daily commutes.
These awesome mini vehicles are extremely useful when it comes to sprinting the “first miles” and “last miles”, which allows you to quickly get to your desired destination. Still, between the two, which one is better?
If you have the same question, our post will provide you with the most objective conclusions, judging on what most people would likely to expect from their mobility devices. So stay tuned if you’re interested.
Why you should get an electric scooter over a skateboard
Since it’s what most of you are here for, we’ll be discussing the benefits of using an adult electric scooter compared to an electric skateboard. That being said, these are the most noticeable advantages of having an electric scooter over a skateboard:
Easier to get familiar with
Since most of us are already familiar with vehicles with handlebars, such as bikes, motorbikes, and the likes, you will often find the electric scooter a lot easier to control even when you’ve had no experiences about riding a scooter.
This is largely due to the fact that electric scooters come with handlebar so that you can hold on to. Hence, you’ll feel more secured compared to stepping on a flat skateboard with nothing that you can cling on.
On top of that, with scooters, you easily change your direction by turning the handlebar, which is exactly the same compared to a bike or motorbike. Hence, you’ll find it more natural riding on your electric scooter.
On the other hand, with electric skateboards, you must already be a decent skateboarder before you’re able to ride on your board. Since the skateboards mostly rely on your lower body to guide you to the desired direction which requires a lot of practices, it would take a long time for you to be able to ride on your electric skateboard.
By having a handlebar to control the direction and adjust your body weights also make scooter a lot safer compared to skateboards. Especially on a crowed speed, you’ll rely a lot on the handlebar to make quick turns and tight cornering. While if you’re traveling on an electric skateboard, you’ll find it a lot harder to guide yourself out of the crowded streets.
In additions, most commuters and other public vehicles are more familiar with the movements of scooters than skateboards. This allows the drivers to predict the scooter’s movements. On the other hand, not many people know how to skate on a skateboard so it would be more dangerous for skateboarders to ride on the streets.
Usually, come with better battery
Most scooters usually feature a bulkier size compared to skateboards. As a result, engineers will have more spaces to position their battery. Hence, most scooters come with a larger battery which allows them to have great travel distances. On the other hand, since skateboards often come with a smaller and more compact size, they tend to have lower travel ranges.
Why you shouldn’t?
Although it can be quite convenient riding on your scooters, there are still some disadvantages if you compare them to the electric skateboards. Let’s find out what they’re and would it be worth to switch from your old scooters to a skateboard?
As mentioned before, you’ll notice a significant difference in sizes when comparing your electric scooters to the electric skateboards. For most of the time, the scooter is quite larger. And the reason for this is because scooters also come with the additional handlebar while the skateboards are completely hands-free.
In addition, the handlebar makes it extremely difficult to carry your scooters around. And even if it’s foldable, a scooter is still bulkier compared to a skateboard. That being said, you can’t put your favorite scooter on the backpack and take it out for a ride anytime you want.
For most of the time, we would have to carry our scooters by hand. And did I tell you that scooters are also quite heavier? The heavyweights make it incredibly difficult to carry the scooters around, not to mention that we must carry them by hands. Since there is no backpack that could fit your scooter, you’ll likely to have a hard time with your scooters.
Less comfortable compared to a skateboard
When it comes to the comfort, skateboards definitely have a better advantage, but that’s only when you’ve known how to ride it properly. That being said, you can enjoy a hands-free experience on your skateboard since you’ll mostly rely on your feet to guide your movements.
On top of that, you won’t have to keep your body in a stiff position with hands always on the handlebar as riding a scooter. This allows you to relax your body and reduce the fatigue from standing in the same position for a long time.
Another feature on the scooters that I’m sure that many of you don’t like is the limited standing. Since they must provide spaces for the two wheels and handlebar, you’ll have less space to stand on which might reduce the overall comfort. On the other hand, due to their construction, you’ll plenty of space to stand on your skateboard without feeling limited. This helps skateboarders to be completely liberated from top to bottom.
And that’s our opinions about whether you should choose an electric scooter over a skateboard. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you in our future posts.