Wondering if it is necessary to wear a helmet when riding a scooter?
The answer is a clear and resounding yes.
The helmet is not a whim, but an essential element to ensure your safety. Below, we provide you with information on the current regulations regarding the use of helmets on electric scooters.
For example in Spain, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) states it clearly: the use of helmets is mandatory, "even when the municipal ordinance does not contemplate it as such". The recent Traffic Law 18/2021, in its article 47, also specifically establishes the "obligation for drivers of Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMV) to use protective helmets, as determined by the corresponding regulation". Despite the possible ambiguity in the wording of the law, it is clear that helmet use is mandatory and the safest option.
It is important to keep in mind that even the smallest incident at low speeds can have serious consequences. Therefore, it is always advisable to protect yourself with a helmet to avoid unpleasant surprises.
There is a single exception: helmets are not mandatory for non-electric scooters. The obligation of use applies specifically to VMPs that have an electric motor and can reach speeds between 6 and 25 kilometers per hour, as established by the regulations.
Here are some tips on how to choose the best helmet for electric scooters without compromising safety:
Certifications and approvals: Make sure the helmet is certified and complies with the relevant regulations. The European standard EN1078 applies to bicycle and scooter helmets.
Fit and comfort: It is essential that the helmet fits correctly on your head. Choose the right size and adjust the straps and buckles for a secure fit without sacrificing comfort.
Ventilation: Check that the helmet has well-placed ventilation holes to prevent sweat buildup.
Visibility: Opt for helmets with reflective elements or bright colors to increase your visibility in the city. Also, don't forget the mandatory lights and reflectors on your scooter.
Quality and durability: Avoid tempting offers and check the date of manufacture of the helmet. Helmets have a useful life and it is recommended to replace them every 3-5 years, depending on their use.
In addition to wearing a Joyor Helmet, it is important to know and comply with other mandatory requirements when using electric scooters in the city:
- Respect the traffic rules and avoid riding on sidewalks or other areas not allowed.
- Do not exceed the maximum speed of 25 km/h.
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or carry passengers on the scooter, as it is a vehicle for personal use.
Although it is not mandatory, it is recommended to have insurance for electric scooters, which will cover at least civil liability in case of accidents or damage to third parties. You may also consider adding additional coverage, such as theft protection or roadside assistance, for added peace of mind. Avoiding unpleasant surprises is always a good idea.