Before you jump on an electric scooter, the first thing you should think about is your personal safety. Riding an electric scooter is incredibly fun, but you’re still sharing the road with other vehicles that are bigger and faster than yours.
Electric scooters aren’t by any means slow and can reach speeds of over 30 km/h. For example, the Raine One electric scooter has a top speed of 50 km/h, so wearing a helmet is a great way to protect yourself while you’re commuting.
This guide aims to take you through what types of electric scooter helmets that are available, whether they differ to regular scooter or bike helmets, and why you should wear one.
What kind of helmet do I need for an electric scooter?
There are a number of different helmets you can wear for an electric scooter. The most important thing when choosing an electric scooter helmet is to think of your safety. Some helmets only protect your head, but not the sides of your face or neck.
Moped helmets are a popular option for electric scooter riders because they are more durable and heavy duty. They are available as ‘half helmets’ and ‘open face’ helmets. Half helmets cover the top of your head and your forehead. However, for a helmet that offers more protection, the open face helmet is a better choice as it also covers the sides of your face and the back of your neck.
If you’re unsure what helmet is best for you, speak to a professional at an electric scooter shop and try them on. Remember that a helmet could save your life, so it’s a worthwhile investment.
Can you use a bike helmet for an electric scooter?
Yes, you can wear a bike helmet for an electric scooter, but if you’re riding in Australia or New Zealand, it must meet AS/NZS 2063:2008 standards. Australia and New Zealand have some of the strictest safety regulations in the world, and if your helmet doesn’t meet those standards, then you should find one that does. Look for the authorised sticker inside the helmet which will tell you if it meets the standards.
Bike helmets also need to meet other requirements. For example, they cannot obscure the rider’s vision, must comprise material that guarantees durability when exposed to sunlight, and the helmet must remain securely on the person’s head in the event of an accident.
Due to these requirements, many people simply choose to wear the heavier duty moped helmets instead of bike helmets.
Do you have to wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter?
If you’re riding an electric scooter in Australia, then it’s mandatory that you wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce your chances of injury if you’re in an accident. Specifically, recent NSW government research showed that helmets reduce head injuries by up to 74 per cent in crashes with motor vehicles.
Even China is enforcing all electric scooter riders to wear a helmet from June 2020. While motorcyclists must wear helmets, this is the first time electric scooter riders have been included as well.
Where can I store my foldable electric scooter helmet?
We are also starting to see electric scooter companies developing foldable helmets. Some electric scooters, like the Raine One, are already foldable, so why not make the helmet foldable too?
It’s also hard for electric scooter rental companies to get people to wear helmets, especially as they can be easily stolen or damaged. The foldable electric scooter helmet could be the answer to a major problem for the rental scooters industry. Like all helmets, please ensure that your foldable electric scooter helmet meets all required standards and regulations, and is certified.