Living in the 21st century, commuting is miserable enough as it is…
Traffic jams, crowded subways and trains, smelly buses, no leg room on planes.
Let’s be honest, everyone is still waiting for teleportation and supersonic jet liners.
But until then, we’re going to continue wasting time, energy, and money to get places we need to go.
Now I know that was a negative way to start off an article, but let’s face it…
How much time do you spend commuting?
According to CNBC, Americans are breaking increasing their times spent commuting every year.
As of 2018, the average American spends about 50+ minutes commuting a day or just about 4 and half hours commuting per week.
That’s nine full days a year.
Imagine if you could buy that time back?
What would do with nine full extra days every year?
But depending on your job, schedule, and proximity to your destination, there are ways to beat the commute.
In fact, one New Yorker was so tired of sitting in traffic all morning he decided to commute across the Hudson River in a kayak to his job!
But have you ever thought about investing into an electric skateboard?
Perfect for big cities and suburban areas, electric skateboards make the commute both fun and enjoyable.
You can weave in and out of traffic and stop spending money on gas! You also save the environment. It’s a win-win! You can also carry your board on the subway, bus, and in the car.
Electric skateboards are compact, fairly lightweight, and easy to handle.
Why wouldn’t you use it for commuting?
While riding an electric skateboard to work or school might sound fun, it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful.
Here are a few tips for staying safe.
Helmets and elbow padding may be a real life saver.
Falling on your head while walking can do damage already. Now imagine falling on your head while riding a board at 15 mph… (We’re talking serious brain damage or worse!)
Just like wearing a seatbelt, wearing the proper gear while riding your e-board is mandatory.
Riding in a rural town, this won’t be as much as problem.
But riding in a city you have to be extra careful. Sharing the road and sidewalks are a must.
Just because you can weave in and out of traffic and pedestrians doesn’t mean you have the right of way or you’re allowed to speed.
Hitting a car or pedestrian can injure both parties and leave you with some nasty lawsuits.
Just be aware of what’s in front of you and pay attention.
I know this tip sucks, because commuting by car in the rain or snow usually means more traffic and double the commute time.
But the fact is, you can’t ride an electric skateboard in the snow. And riding in the rain is just too risky.
There’s a really good chance you’ll slip, fall, and hurt yourself.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t ride a motorcycle due to the weather, don’t ride an electric skateboard.
Without further a due, let’s find out the best boards you can take to work.
Retail Price: ($649 for Standard) ($749 for Long Range) ($849 for Super Range)
“Super Range Take You To Anywhere” is the slogan for the board. And rightly so.
This board can commute pretty much anywhere.
Max4 pro Series
Up to 15 mile range (Standard)
26 mph top speed
Detachable battery design, replace battery in 10 seconds with 4 steps.
Never worry about running out of batteries and not being able to get home anymore. You could carry one or multiple batteries with you and enjoy the real journey!
That being said, this thing is a beast.
Outstanding acceleration with high-performance M5 hub motor, you’ll be able to ride this bad boy just about anywhere.
If you’ve ever rode an electric skateboard or regular skateboard, you’ll know that even the slightest bumps and cracks in the road or sidewalk will throw you off balance and ruin your ride.
But with the 96mm PU wheels, these problems become a thing of the past.
The 96mm PU wheels are great for commuting.
Hills - 30% Grade
Max Load - 220 Ibs / 100 kg
The best reason…
It’s a whole lotta fun. When was the last time you could honestly say you enjoyed traveling to and from work?
For most individuals, commuting to and from is actually the worst part of the day.
You’re fed up with traffic, bored out of your mind, and dreading the pile of papers on your desk. You’re not living in the moment.
But when you ride an electric skateboard, you focus on the road, you feel the sun warm your skin, you breathe in that fresh air and enjoy the ride! When you finally get to work you’re already in a good mood!
And when you leave work or school you’re excited to ride again! This is exactly how I felt when I rode my electric skateboard for home to school every day. It gives you something to look forward to.
Live and enjoy every moment in life, even your commute!
The second reason…
It’s better for the environment.
Yes, global warming is real and an ever growing issue. Some scientists and world leaders even argue we are at the point of no return.
If you can contribute to saving the planet… do it!
Now, not everybody can ride a skateboard to work every day, but if you work locally or take transit as part of your commute, using an electric powered vehicle like an electric skateboard will help the environment and continue to promote others to do the same!
It’s only dangerous if you make it.
Yes, there are dangers like other vehicles, pedestrians, obstacles, and weather that play a role safety, the responsibility ultimately comes down to you.
Slow down if you’re unsure of an area.
Slow down if you don’t think that car is stopping, even if you have right of way.
Slow down if you see kids playing.
It really just comes down to common sense.
Everything in this world can be dangerous, obviously some hobbies and things more dangerous than others. But having general knowledge around the subject and always keeping an eye out will minimize any danger 10 fold…
Follow the safety rules from the beginning of this article or check out our post on the top safety tips for electric skateboarding.
While riding your board to work might seem simple, the truth is you have to be prepared for a few things.
First, is making sure your board is charged.
The last thing you want is to get a quarter of the way to work only to have your board die on you because you didn’t charge it the night before.
Checking the battery levels and range before and after riding your electric skateboard is a must, unless you want to get stuck somewhere.
Get in the habit of plugging your board to charge once you get home.
Second, is properly maintaining your board.
That means cleaning, tightening trunks, wheels, and storing your board in the right place.
It doesn’t take much work either, so no excuses on this one.
Other maintenance tips include replacing and repairing cracked, damaged, and broken parts.
Don’t wait for something bad to happen! Prevent it from happening in the first place!
Take care of your board and it will take care of you.
Take bad care and your board will be out to get you.
Simply put, humanity is living in the golden age of rideable technology, and we love it. In fact, there are almost too many rideable to keep track of, and the gear seems to get crazier and more advanced with each passing month. So, to help you navigate the increasingly crowded marketplace, we’ve put together this list of the best electric skateboards you can buy right now.
We got our hands on some of the mightiest e-boards in the industry, looking at criteria like durability, battery life, ease of use, and price.