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Safety Tips For Scooters

Safety Tips For Scooters

If you recently bought a new scooter or are renting one while on vacation, there are a few things you should be aware of before taking it out on the road. While they appear simple enough to drive, it’s important you understand how they function and where all of the essential components are to safely operate the scooter. One of the most important things to remember is that serious injury could result from improper use. Here are some general scooter safety tips to help you become fully prepared for your next outing.

  1. Read the Instruction Manual: This may not be applicable for everyone, but if you’ve got a manual, take some time to read through it. This will help you gain a better understanding of the overall mechanics of the scooter before getting on. Plus, it’ll take any guesswork out of turning it on, putting gas in it, and other functions. If the scooter doesn’t have a manual, look it over to see where the primary components are to run it.

  2. Test It Out in A Safe Area: Before hitting the main roads, test your scooter out in a safe area where there is little to no traffic. This could be a large nearby parking lot or a cul-de-sac. Make sure you know where the gas, brake, and any other features are on the scooter. This will help you get a better feel of how it’ll perform on the road with traffic. Once you feel prepared, you’re ready to go!

  3. Street Legality: One thing to ensure is that your scooter is street legal. If you bought your scooter from a certified dealer or rented one from a reputable company, then it likely is. However, if you bought it from an owner, then double check that it’s legal for street and highway use. You’ll need to register your scooter with the DMV before driving it. Otherwise, you could be ticketed.

  4. Safety First: Unlike cars, scooters offer little to protect you from other vehicles. The same applies for motorcycles. However, the laws for scooters are different than motorcycles. Your state may not legally require you to wear a helmet while riding. Despite this, wear one anyway. Helmets will drastically decrease the potential of serious head trauma should you get into an accident. While you may not love the idea of wearing one, it could very well save your life. You should consider wearing protective gloves, durable shoes, and long pants as well. Apparel like this will give you that extra layer of protection you need. Be sure to also wear some form of reflective gear so other drivers will see you. Scooters are typically very quiet, so relying on sound won’t cut it. This could be reflective material on your helmet or jacket. If other drivers can’t see you, they could unintentionally merge into you or bump you at a stop light.

    Does your scooter have cargo bags? If you own it, invest in the mounting equipment and a quality cargo bag or case to store your important items. This should include all electronics and your wallet or purse. Stow these things to keep them protected and safe from slipping off onto the road. The last thing you want is your cellphone to shatter in your rearview mirror. Other protective items like tall windshields and hand guards can be installed too.

  5. Stay Alert: Don’t get too relaxed while driving on main roads and highways. Defensive driving will keep you safe! Anything could happen, so stay alert and aware of every car around you. Check your mirrors often and follow the rules of the road. Don’t be that person who weaves in and out of traffic because of their smaller vehicle. Keep yourself and those around you safe with calculated, defensive driving while on your scooter.

  6. Regular Maintenance and Storage: Your scooter will need normal maintenance just like a car. The oil will need to be changed, tires kept full, and more. Regularly wash your scooter to prevent unnecessary wear and tear to your vehicle. As grime builds up, paint can be eaten away and rust will form. Over time, this can really impede the look of your scooter! Keep it looking great and serviced so it’ll last you for years to come. Be sure to house it beneath some type of structure if you don’t have a garage. The elements can take a toll on your scooter just like any vehicle, except everything on a scooter is exposed. Prevent facets of the scooter from permanent damage by storing it in a safe place or investing in a cover.