Changing Direction

Cornering is probably not something a kick scooter rider gives much thought. However, on recent scooter outings, I’ve come across cornering situations that could have been potentially hazardous, so I want to share a few thoughts here.

A corner is any situation where you cannot see clearly what is ahead of you, what is around the corner. A typical example would be the corner of a building. Speed is your first consideration. Are you going too fast? If there is something around the corner, will I be able to stop in time? If the answer is yes to either, use the brakes to slow down and keep your fingers on the brake levers.

So, you are now moving at a sensible speed, where should you position your scooter? My advise is to go wide. This allows you to carry a smoother line and also get a better view round the corner, giving you more time to react to whatever situation arises.

As you approach the corner, you need to swiftly assess the situation. Are there any hazards such as people, dogs, pot holes, manhole covers or whatever? If conditions are wet you may need to slow down further and avoid possibly loosing traction. Remember any braking should be done before the corner as braking hard while cornering could severely compromise your traction on the road and could cause you to skid.

Long, open, downhill corners can be very exciting and there is always a temptation to go as fast as you can. This is not without risk, even if you can see clearly around the corner and it is clear of hazards. Again, speed to the key risk here. Will you be able to steer round the corner and stay on the path? It can be easy to go too fast, find you are unable to steer quickly enough and run off the road. Again, use brakes to adjust your speed accordingly.

Some cornering hints and tips.

  • look well in ahead and give yourself plenty of planning time.
  • don’t suddenly grab the brakes on a corner or you may fall off.
  • don’t take unnecessary risks if you cannot see round the corner.
  • check the road surface for obstacles and route to avoid them.

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