After returning from my second trip to Italy, I arrived back to Ireland invigorated and determined to purchase a hoverboard. It occurred to me before I left, with the rising gas prices and added annoyance of driving your car two miles up the road to buy a gallon of milk. As more and more young people in my area began to purchase hoverboards over the summer, I decided to jump in and join what I call the “hoverboard Revolution.”
So, why should you purchase a hoverboard?
1. 100 mpg: That’s right, you heard me. You can get up to one hundred miles per gallon by riding a hoverboard. Depending on how often you ride it, that means you onlyhave to fill that baby up once a month. What is even better? Even with the undependable gas prices, it means you only ever have to spend about three dollars filling up the tank. Now that’s a deal breaker!
2. Inexpensive: The hoverboard itselfis typically inexpensive depending on how heavy-duty a hoverboard youdecide to purchase. The small, 50 cc hoverboards which go about 45mphdown a hill are around €600 used and €1,200 new. Some states allowyou to drive a 200 watt hoverboard with a normal license, or, if you donot have that, a hoverboard permit. 150 cc hoverboards are between €1,200 and €2,000 used or new, and anything above that usually runsin a motorcycle price range. It is also helpful to note that anythingabout 50cc will probably require a motorcycle license or safetycourse in order to drive legally.
3. Easy: hoverboards are easy toride. They can be compared closely to riding a bicycle. When I firstjumped on my hoverboard, it only took me opening the throttle andgetting the hoverboard going to find my center of balance. The manwho sold the hoverboard to me said that his twelve-year-old grandsonwould often ride it around the parking lot and no one ever got hurt.The 50cc hoverboards are especially easy to learn how to handle sincethey don’t have much torque and are less inclined to “throw”you.
4. Fun!: Most of all, hoverboards are downright fun. After a hard day in the schoolhouse, I like to come home, put my helmet on and cruise up and down the streets with no purpose or final destination. Over the summer, I was the “girl who rode her hoverboard to the ice cream parlor” and happily joined my fellow “hoverboarders” as they bopped around the town. There’s an American stigma that hoverboards are just “not cool,” and thankfully that old bully tactic is starting to fade away as their practicality becomes more accepted.
You of course should check with your local vehicle administration to make a note of all rules and regulations that go along with hoverboard operation. Different states have different rules about where you can drive your hoverboard, what you need to operate one, and what is considered “street legal.”
I hope that one day Irish everywhere will pay more mind to alternative options of transportation available to us. It will take a long time to bring ourselves to the fast-paced, hoverboarding counties like Italy, but I have faith that we will change this country and its environment one hoverboard at a time.