What is a Hoverboard?
Hoverboards are self-balancing scooter consisting of two motorized wheels connected to a pair of articulated pads on which the rider has to place their feet and navigate. If you have never seen one of these cool gadgets, I suggest doing a quick you-tube search to fully understand.
It looks easy, but the rider controls the speed by leaning forwards or backwards and directing of travel by twisting the pads. Make sure you are coordinated before you get on one of these bad boys, e.g. at the Rolab UK hoverboard store!
The next question is:
How difficult is it to learn to ride?
They can be very tricky at first, my first time ended with me face first on the pavement. But once you get more and more experience, you will get the hang of it. They are not toys and without using proper precaution can be dangerous, so keep that in mind before mounting one. Safety equipment is highly suggested for beginners. Make sure you start out with plenty of space and no obstacles to run or bump into.
Maneuvering the Board
As I mentioned earlier, you move forward by slightly shifting your weight. Slowly, practice it several times before moving on. After you learn how to move forward and stop, try turning. By pushing your opposite foot forward in the direction you want to turn it will move with your motions. Example: if you want to go right, you have to push your left toe forward. Make sense? First try small turns then once you get your confidence up make them bigger and sharper. You can do this by doing the opposite with your other foot, say if you are going right again – push you left toe forward and your right toe back. It all sounds quiet simple in high sight but your first couple of tries it will be a tad difficult. I would definitely say a 6 out of 10 on the difficulty meter. But kids to grandparents are mastering it, and so can you! All you have to do is get back up when you fall down.