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Segway Personal Transporter Reviewed
I had the chance yesterday to test drive a Segway
Although it looks awkward and difficult to drive, the Segway Personal Transporter is actually quite easy to master and within a couple of minutes you are riding down the street at a cool 12 miles per hour.
Billed as "the transport of the future" the Segway is eco friendly a two-hour charge up will last for up to 24 miles.
When you first get on to the Segway an indicator light lets you know when you are in the correct balanced position, steering is easy to turn you just lean to the right or to the left and the Segway will follow, there are no brakes though but to stop you just straighten up and the balancing system inside will bring you slowly to a halt.
The Segway can be taken apart easily to fit it in the trunk of your car or for storage in your home.
What I liked about the Segway:
The Segway was very easy to get to grips with and I was rolling along within five minutes, although it's top speed is only 12 miles an hour it feels a lot faster and it does give you a rush, it is a fun way to get about.
What I didn't like about the Segway:
The fact that the Segway has no brakes slightly put me off, and the driving position could be a strain on your back after a while, I was only on it for fifteen minutes and my back was a little stiff afterwards.
Because of the no brakes issue it is illegal to drive a Segway on the road in the UK at the moment.
With the Segway , I would recommend that you also wear a cycle helmet for protection against accidents.
Because it is not legal to drive on the road in the UK at the moment, the Segway should be used for recreation only, in public parks or on private property, using it on the sidewalk (pavement) could be a danger to the general public.
I think I like the Segway not sure if I would actually buy one though, maybe if the brakes were added and they were road legal I would consider it more.
Alternative: a cheaper option to the Segway would be to buy a motorised scooter.