It’s not hard to see why two-wheeled vehicles have become the preferred method of transportation for many major cities around the world. They are more convenient, require fewer resources to run and maintain, and they can manoeuvre around heavy traffic.
The most common types of two-wheeled automobiles are motorcycles and Scooters. A lot of people think these two are synonymous, but they are not! Here’s a quick rundown on the differences between the two.
Below are the defining attributes of a scooter:
A scooter, or motor scooter, has a step-through frame with a footrest on each side.
Scooters have rather small engines, ranging from 50cc to 850cc, which is typically the maximum.
Scooters usually have smaller wheels, storage space, the transmission used, and bodywork styles that some motorcycles don’t have.
Are Scooters Safe?
Scooters are usually smaller, lighter and pack a less powerful engine. While they might have slower top speed, both motorcycles and scooters are equally dangerous. Studies have shown that most speeding-related fatalities occurred at around 35 mph or lower speed than at 55 mph.
In most states, scooters that have 50cc engine don’t require a driver’s license to operate. You need to make sure that you know how to ride it and the safety precautions associated with a scooter before you take it out on the road. But most importantly, do not take a 50cc scooter out to the main road! Make sure that you are used to the weather conditions in your area, as rain, strong winds, snow and strong sun can hinder your ability to ride safely.
Are Scooters Safer than Motorcycles?
In short, no. In details, read on.
Smaller Wheels – Due to the fact that scooters have smaller wheels, they offer less traction and the road condition will have a much more significant impact on the steering.
Less Visibility – With its smaller size and often less powerful headlights and taillights, it can be difficult to see a scooter out in the open road, or in heavy traffic for that matter. Especially if it’s dark out, you will need to find some way to make sure that people can see you to avoid accidents.
Lack of Gear – Many people perceive scooters to be a motorized bicycle, which is not how you should look at it. It has a motor, it’s heavier, and riders need to put on protective gears all the same. Make sure you have a helmet, jacket, eye protection and every other safety gear necessary.
Regardless of their differences, both vehicles need to be operated with care. It offers very little protection for the rider, as your body is exposed to the elements. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ride them. Approach these vehicles carefully and learn the safety precautions as well as the laws, and you will be able to ride them safely!