It’s summertime! What better time to be outdoors? With longer weekends and summer break, there will be a higher number of motor scooters on the roads. Along with the higher number, comes higher risk. Chances are a lot of the drivers will be relatively inexperienced, perhaps people who are simply renting scooters to get a different look at a town they are visiting.
Planning on driving a motor scooter or a moped this summer? Be sure to remember the following safety tips:
1 - MAKE SURE PEOPLE CAN SEE YOU
When you’re on a scooter, you’re the slower, smaller, more vulnerable one. Make sure you’re seen by wearing reflective - or at least bright - gear, whether it’s daytime or nighttime.
Make sure your headlights are on at all times, and always use your turn signals. If you are comfortable raising your hand while driving, it’s also a good idea to use hand signals as well. Prior to taking a ride, do an inspection of all the bike components and signal lights to ensure all are in good condition.
2 - BEWARE OF BLIND SPOTS
Cars and trucks have blind spots, and sometimes they may not see a small scooter. Stay out of their blind spots entirely, and don’t go careening through traffic.
Many scooter drivers glance over their shoulders prior to switching lanes or making a turn. You’re the slower one here, so don’t keep turning your head when cars and trucks hurtle by. You need to see what’s going on in front of you.
3 - PROTECT YOUR HEAD
Even if you’re just driving to the convenience store down the road, keep your helmet safely fastened on your head. You never know when an accident may happen, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
4 - FOCUS ON THE ROAD
Scooters and mopeds are a lot less stable than four-wheeled vehicles. That means a speed bump, pothole, or any other number of things on the road could easily cause you to lose balance. Make sure you’re aware of the road in front of you, and try to avoid debris that may cause you to lose control.
5 - TIPS FOR NEWBIES
In a car, the gas pedal is controlled by your foot. On a scooter, your speed is dictated by your hands. Ensure you know where everything is before heading out on the road.
Whether it’s your first ride or your hundredth one, be careful. Follow all the traffic laws, be cautious of the vehicles around you, and most importantly, have fun!
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