Scooter Safety Tips
Nowadays, an increased number of people are considering a scooter as their primary means of transportation. Your two-wheeled machine is a great way to get around and actually saves you money. Some scooters get around 100 miles per gallon, and they usually cost much less than motorcycles. Thier value depreciates slowly if well cared for and are easy to maintain.
Here’s a list of tips to help you enjoy safer riding on your scooter:
- You must have heard the helmet speech a thousand times. Wear a DOT, ANSI, or Snell-approved helmet which are designed with a retention system and hard exterior shell to protect the brain and the head in a variety of instances. Keep in mind that in 2006, 41% of fatalities linked to motorcycle and scooter accidents were a result of not wearing a helmet.
- To hurried drivers, scooters may seem invisible. It is important to learn how to ride defensively and constantly scan the road. It is important to get in the habit of checking your mirrors every 5-7 seconds. Be conscious of your blind spots, and wear reflective or bright clothing, especially at night.
- Safe riding means wearing the ideal gear. Pick out quality safety gear and other road essentials from Midtown Motors. Don’t forget to select a helmet which is comfortable to wear in order to increase the likelihood of continual usage.
- Scooters are more vulnerable than motorcycles or cars to the usual road hazards. For example, a car can drive right over a pothole; on the other hand could be a serious problem for a scooter. Know the ways of using built in signals and hand signals prior to making a turn or changing a lane. Use additional caution at parking lot entrances and exits, intersections, and driveways. Avoid hitting road hazards, such as holes and sharp bumps on the road surface. These hazards may result in damage to the vehicle or loss of control.
- It is inadvisable to put additional loads on the motor scooter by towing or pulling anything as well as storing things in between your legs.
- Check all hinges, joints, and quick releases to make sure the scooter is thoroughly assembled and adequately tightened. Stop using the scooter immediately if any hinge, joint, or quick release becomes loosened. Maintain proper air pressure in the tires. Low air pressure reduces ground clearance, increases rolling friction, and wears the tires faster.
- Wear slip-resistant shoes and avoid wearing flip-flops, sandals, or shoes with dangling laces.
- Obey the speed limits and never drive faster than your skill level or than the conditions allow.
Finally, it's important to maintain a good rapport with other drivers on the road when you are riding a scooter. If you find yourself in a state with a person exhibiting signs of road rage, avoid eye contact and pull over to keep away from further trouble. Never lose your patience when it comes to dealing with an aggressive driver. Some insurance companies offer price cuts if you consider taking a scooter safety course. These courses teach people defensive driving techniques for extreme situations. Remember that responsible driving always comes first.