How To Use Your Unagi Electric Scooter To Go On A Weekend Adventure

Daniel Foley
Written By: Daniel Foley
Published on: 1/8/2024

Sitting in traffic jams, compromising your space on public transport, or walking everywhere all mean one thing: you sacrifice a lot just to have an epic adventure. Enter electric scooters.

They open up a world of possibilities for solo travel, reduce your carbon footprint, and let you ride free. Sure, rental scooters have their benefits, but scooter ownership means you have unlimited access to go where you want, whenever you want.

The Unagi Model One and newer Voyager are perfect for expanding your horizons and discovering new places. In this guide, we'll reveal how you can use your Unagi scooter to go on an epic weekend adventure.

Planning your weekend adventure

So, where are you planning to go? No matter what city you live in, there will always be plenty of unique places to explore. Electric scooters allow you to travel further without worrying about traffic and whether the train will arrive on time, so don't be afraid to get imaginative.

There are so many great ideas for a weekend adventure.

Visit a new neighborhood

Think you know your city? Think again. Every city has hidden gems worth exploring, and hopping on your scooter can open up a new world of opportunities. You might find a new foodie spot, street art, or fantastic boutiques.

Plan a scavenger hunt

Got a group of scooter-loving friends? Why not treat them to the ultimate weekend and plan a scavenger hunt? These activities can take you across the city and into some awesome settings. Just make sure you create some great clues to help people enjoy the hunt.

Have a picnic

Nothing beats a relaxing picnic in the sunshine. Sitting on the grass and enjoying delicious food is great, but electric scooter ownership means you can beat traffic and cruise to any picnic spot. Grab some friends and enjoy a relaxing lunch.

Learn about the location before you set off

We don't want to take the fun out of your adventure, but knowing where you're going will help you get there. Different cities have scooter regulations, and understanding them avoids any legal problems.

Before setting off, check the location for:

  • Regulations: Some locations will have rules on who can use e-scooters and where they're legal. For example, you might be able to ride in bike lanes usually, but another location could restrict riders to public roads only.
  • Parking: All locations should have dedicated bike and scooter parking lanes. Riders must be aware of these spots to prevent obstructions.
  • Insurance: Again, some cities require all e-scooter riders to have a license and insurance policy. Check before you go to avoid legal problems.

Preparing your scooter

Going out on your electric scooter means you should always take precautions and ensure the scooter's safe. The last thing you want is an accident, especially when poor scooter maintenance causes it, so take a few minutes to perform some basic checks.

Checking the wheels and handlebars

The handlebars are critical components of an e-scooter, as they facilitate turns and ensure you can react to obstructions. Evaluate whether the handlebars align correctly with the front wheel while also seeing if they steer side to side properly.

If you notice any issues, avoid riding the scooter and repair them before using it. Now, in terms of wheels, you might need to check the tire pressure—but not with Unagi scooters.

The Model One Classic and Voyager have solid rubber tires requiring little maintenance. However, check for cuts, cracks, or general wear and tear before setting off.

Loose hinges, nuts and bolts

They might not seem like a huge deal, but loose hinges, nuts, and bolts can compromise your scooter and cause severe accidents. Excessive vibration from riding will inevitably cause the core components of your scooter to loosen over time, impacting its structural integrity and braking power.

By looking for loose nuts, bolts, hinges, and fasteners, you can avoid issues with the scooter and enjoy a safe ride. You can sometimes tighten them independently, but regular e-scooter services can flag any problems.

Review the lights

Electric scooter lights are vital for road safety, as they ensure other people can see you and prevent nasty accidents. Even minor issues with the lights can compromise your safety and harm pedestrians, but checking whether they work before setting off reduces the risk of accidents.

Investing in a spare electric scooter light, you can carry around ensures you'll never need to worry.

Packing for your journey

Unagi backpack

When you pack for a journey on your e-scoter, it's vital to consider your needs for the trip. From safety gear to necessities for your journey, there's much to consider. Most importantly, make sure you have a reliable backpack to protect your belongings.

Travel light - but smart

Taking a water bottle is always a good idea, especially if you're traveling somewhere remote, while sunscreen is also important. When traveling with your phone or other electronic equipment, a pelican case will protect your belongings from water damage.

Remember, instead of taking everything you want, think about what you need. Nobody wants to travel with items weighing them down, but taking the essentials is always beneficial.

Contingency items

It's always best to plan for emergencies to ensure you enjoy every activity, but traveling to a different location requires contingency planning. If you're heading off-road, you might not get a good phone signal, so taking a GPS device can prevent you from getting lost.

Taking a spare charger will also improve your experience and prevent having to manually operate it in unknown places. Lastly, using a rear light makes other road users aware of your presence and is a vital safety measure.

Remember safety

Most US states allow adult riders to choose whether they wear a helmet—it should never be a choice. A good helmet protects you from potentially fatal head injuries and promotes scooter safety. You can also use knee and elbow pads when riding in new areas with unstable ground.

Safety rules also apply to your scooter. The last thing you want is to deal with theft, but a sturdy e-scooter lock will give you peace of mind and let you appreciate your adventure.

Getting an insurance policy can replace your scooter due to theft, giving you peace of mind. The Unagi All-Access Subscription comes with insurance included at no extra cost.

Getting on the road

a couple with electric scooters

Finally, the fun part: getting on the road and enjoying your adventure. It's where you enjoy your scooter's features and discover exciting new locations, but that doesn't mean you should forget about etiquette on the road.

Once you can rest easy that your scooter won't let you down, it's time to consider other road users and ensure a safe journey.

Promote road safety at all times

Did you know that recklessness on the road is a primary cause of accidents? While USA Today focuses on car accidents, scooter riders must always maintain their - and others - safety while riding. Ensure you don't drink or use other substances; always focus on the road.

Using headphones, getting distracted by mobile devices, and not watching for pedestrians could cause a severe accident.

Prepare for emergencies

Even the most seasoned riders rarely know what to do in a scooter emergency, but having a plan in place can help you deal with them quickly.

If the scooter malfunctions:

  • Keep calm: Panicking won't serve any purpose, so stay calm and think about getting to a safe place. If you're on the road, pull over when it's safe.
  • Don't DIY: Unless you're highly experienced with e-scooters and their components, it's best to call a professional when dealing with malfunctions. They'll be able to fix the scooter instead of making it worse.

When you have an accident:

  • Be safe: Check for injuries immediately after the accident and ensure the other road user is OK before doing anything else.
  • Swap details: Regardless of who's at fault, swapping insurance details and providing contact information is always a good idea.

The bottom line

Electric scooters allow you to try new things and enjoy a ride full of adventures. Remember, safety comes before anything else, and taking steps before setting off ensures you can enjoy a stress-free ride with no disruptions.

For unparalleled quality and seamless control, the Unagi Model One Voyager is our newest and best yet. We took all the features of our Classic model, added more range, rapid charging, and an even sleeker design, giving you a scooter that will take you everywhere.

Ready to expand your world? Grab your shiny new Unagi today.


Daniel Foley
Daniel Foley

Daniel tests all the latest e-scooters and currently enjoys the Unagi Voyager as a daily driver for it's light weight, good range, and stylish look.

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