Why 8 and 10 Inch Hoverboards Are Safer than 6 Inch Models
The hoverboard craze is here and children, teenagers, and even adults are buying it. Despite reports of incidence of fire due to faulty batteries, the hoverboard remains one of the “must haves” for people of all ages. For children aged 5 to 8 years old, the smallest model with a wheel size of 4.5 inches is the most appropriate because small children would usually ride their hoverboards indoors.
Teenagers and adults ride their hoverboards outdoors either in parks or on smooth pavement away from traffic. There are three wheel sizes deemed appropriate for their weight and their usage of the device. These are the 6.5, 8, and 10 inch models.
The 6.5 inch model is the standard as it was the size of the first hoverboard made and sold in the market. However, as the device became popular with older riders, the bigger models were designed to accommodate heavier and bigger riders. While the 6.5 model is the most popular, the bigger ones are considered safer to use.
Here are some reasons why the 8 and 10 Inch hoverboards are safer than the small ones.
- Bigger wheels result to smooth driving.
The 8 Inch and 10 inch hoverboards have bigger wheels compared to the 6.5 model. This allows the hoverboards with these wheel sizes to travel smoothly even on rough or uneven surfaces. The smooth ride results from stable and big wheels.
- High clearance
The distance between the ground and the pad base affects the safety of riding a hoverboard. With a high clearance, the device can easily run over bumps and obstacles on the road. If the clearance is low such as in a 6.5 inch model, the pad base can hit bumps and other obstacles on the road, causing the board to stop abruptly. If the rider is caught unaware of this, he can fall hard or be thrown away from the board. Some riders have been seriously injured this way.
The high ground clearance will allow the device to travel on grassy and rough terrain without a hitch. The rider will avoid bumpy rides and vibrations that might cause him to fall off his board.
- More weight capacity
The 8 inch and 10 inch hoverboards have been designed to allow adults to use the device when they want to commute for short distances. Some people have even started running errands or going to work using their hoverboards.
Because bigger ones can run smoothly despite heavy load, riders will never encounter problems along the way. One can just imagine a hoverboard stalling because it is carrying load beyond its weight capacity or even the board getting damaged by the overload.
- More speed
The fact that the 8 inch and 10 inch hoverboards have higher clearance and weight capacity than a 6.5 inch model means that the former can go faster. This will ensure that the rider will reach his destination at the quickest time possible and most of the times before its batteries are drained. This means there is no danger for the rider to get stranded in an isolated place simply because the batteries are empty.
- More space
Driving a hoverboard is done by putting pressure using mostly the feet. Hoverboards that are 8 inch or 10 inch models have ample space to properly position the feet when standing on the device. The rider can easily distribute his weight on his feet to gain balance. This will avoid road accidents resulting from exerting pressure on the wrong place because the rider’s feet were not positioned properly. Having enough space will also allow the rider to attain balance while riding on the device.
Indeed, riding a bigger hoverboard will keep users from having accidents such as falling from the device, getting thrown when it suddenly stops due to an object or bump blocking its way, or getting stranded in strange places because the batteries were drained before the rider arrived at his destination.
While 6.5 inch models dominate the roads where hoverboards are allowed, it will be safer not to just imitate other people’s choice. Getting one that can accommodate the rider’s size and weight will ensure a safe, thrilling, and convenient ride every time the hoverboard is used.