RAC Road Ready teens at skate park

It’s hard to balance on small wheels, so stacks happen. Start by practicing at places made for skating or riding (like skate parks and arenas) and think about getting some lessons. 

Once you’re ready to hit the paths and roads, understanding the rules is just one part of staying safe. Looking after your wheels and wearing the right gear could be the difference between a bruise and a broken bone if you hit the pavement.

Looking after your wheels

Check your scooter for:

  • Good brakes and locks.
  • No sharp edges.
  • A steering column that locks easily, doesn’t collapse, and isn’t too short.
  • Handlebar grips that are secure and don’t swivel.
  • High ground clearance on the board.
  • Non slip foot-boards.
  • Larger brake pads/ mudguard with a larger area to press down on to operate the brake.
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Check your skateboard/roller blades for: 

  • Appropriate sizing - different boards and wheels are suited to different activities (off road, on road, in the park).  
  • Smooth rolling wheels and working parts. 
  •  Any loose or cracked parts.

The right gear

Always wear protective gear:

  • A well fitted helmet made specifically for your activity (e.g. a bike helmet is not suitable for skateboarding).
  • Elbow and knee pads/guards.
  • Wrist guards.
  • Enclosed shoes with good grip.
Empty your pockets of any sharp or hard objects before you set out on your ride. They could add to injuries if you fall.


Safety for small wheels is simple:

  • Avoid poorly made products.
  • Use protective equipment.
  • Learn to ride and practice in a safe place.
  • Use them in a safe manner.

Check out a Parents Guide to Kidsafe Roads for more information.

You know the rules, you’ve got the gear – now have some fun. See here for some cool places to get your ride on.  


Skatepark with big wheel in the background