Sorry for the delay. I just saw your message for the first time right now.
For cable brakes, having them too tight will cause drag, which is bad because it wears out the pads and reduces range. Ideally, if they feel too strong, the remedy is practicing braking, not de-tuning to make the brakes less strong. An exception to this might be that sometimes regen braking is too strong, and because it tends to be applied in an on-or-off manner with the activation of the brake lights, the user won’t be able to smooth it out with practice. I usually recommend setting regen brakes to 1 setting above “off”.
Drum brakes are definitely more new rider friendly. They are much harder to lock, and reach the lockup point more gradually. Scooters like the Unagi which have 100% regen brakes are the most resistant of all to locking, but they don’t stop as quickly emergency stop situation.
When your scooter brakes are locked, the best thing to do is very quickly release and grab again, slightly less hard, to regain traction. You’ll develop a feel, over time for when the rear brake is locked. Drifting to the side is one symptom, but also the vibration at the rear wheel feels a little different.
No matter what, while braking, continue to look where you want to go, and not at the thing you’re trying to miss. (if there is a tree in your way, don’t look at the tree!)
It’s pointless and dangerous to use brakes on wet leaves. (I haven’t ridden in snow, but I suppose offroad tires on snow might allow some braking). Always look ahead and avoid riding on wet leaves. They are super super slippery. Wet pavement is not bad. You have 90% traction on wet pavement. You can ride almost completely normally.
To me, 3 inch wide tires are the sweet spot right now. All of the best handling scooters I’ve ridden have 3″ wide tires. It’s possible that 4 inch wide tires could be good too, and that I just haven’t ridden a good set of 4″ tires yet. I think we will see narrower tires going away on dual-motor scooters. They’re ok on single motor.
The best handling narrow tire scooter I’ve ridden is the Apollo Air Pro.