Skateboarding is fun – but it can be dangerous.
If you remember these simple points, they will help to stop skateboarding accidents and help you to skateboard better.
a) Choose to skateboard in places which allow you to improve your skills; not on pavements or streets where serious accidents can happen to skates and other people.
b) Supervise children under 8 at all times.
c) Children under 36 months should not use skateboards.
d) When starting to learn, it is important to have the help of a friend or parent – most accidents happen in the first month.
e) Learn everything slowly, including new tricks. If you start to fall – step off and start again. Ride down gentle slopes to begin with. Only ever ride slopes where your speed is slow enough to enable you to run off the board without falling.
f) Running or jumping onto a skateboard is dangerous.
g) Most serious skateboard injuries are broken bones, so learn how to fall properly (by rolling if possible) before you start to skateboard.
h) Wear correct skateboarding gear: helmet, knee and elbow pads, wristguards and flat-soled shoes. Long sleeves and trousers will help prevent grazing.
i) Before you jump off your board, watch where it may go – it could injure someone else.
j) Avoid skateboarding on wet or uneven surfaces.
k) Never skateboard at night or when visibility is bad.
l) Do not allow yourself to be pushed, pulled or towed.
Servicing and Maintenance Instructions.
Keep your board in good condition by regular maintenance and the safety and lifespan of your board will be enhanced.
a) All skateboards need checking every time you use them, especially the nuts, bolts and wheel nuts. These must be kept tight. Check the trucks. All nuts and bolts should be firmly secured, if they are too tight, the thread may be damaged. If locking nuts become too loose, replace straight away.
b) If your wheels wobble, stop riding immediately and check your skateboard. This may be a failed bearing.
c) You can adjust the steering of your board by loosening the kingpin, straightening the truck and retightening the kingpin. Normal use will slightly move the steering, so this adjustment will need to be done regularly.
d) Grit in the bearings is dangerous. keep your bearings clean. You can lightly oil them but it is not necessary. Too much oil will attract dirt. After a while bearings will need to be replaced as part of normal wear and tear.
e) Check the deck and all components periodically. Check for splits or splinters in the deck. Check for wear in the wheels and threads. Replace when necessary.