People tend to disregard basic scooter safety rules such as wearing helmets and staying off sidewalks. Scooters, while being fun and environmentally-friendly types of transport, and while being a great way to squeeze some time in nature and in the fresh air are still vehicles. And as such traffic rules, as well as safety rules, apply to them.
If you own a scooter, you must be aware of at least some of the safety tips that apply to them. If you don't take a look at our list of top 7 scooter safety tips.
Just like with any vehicle, scooter, too, requires certain security equipment. The first and foremost is the helmet.
Helmets are there to protect us against any sort of head injury. In many cases, people will shrug off the possibility of a head injury when riding a scooter. However, what they fail to see is that head injuries happen even when riding a scooter.
The problem like broken bones is easily fixed, while a head injury is a serious injury. So, no matter what anyone says, wear your helmets. And if you still don't have one, make sure you get it as soon as possible.
You don't know where the night might catch you when you're riding your scooter. That's why you should always wear high-visibility clothing. Reflective clothing or bright-colored clothing will maximize your visibility on the road at night.
Similarly, adding reflective tape to your scooter will make it easy to spot during night time.
Another good idea is to always use your headlight. Having a headlight on will allow you to see the road in front of you, just as it will allow other drivers to see you on time. You should have a headlight on both during the day and night, for safety reasons.
Before you hit the road you should check the state of your scooter. This means checking to see if everything works properly. This is a safety measure that should go without saying, but still, it's nice to be mentioned from time to time.
Start by checking the tires of your scooter. Scooter tires are most likely to get worn out by constant use, so it's always a good idea to inspect them before you start your ride. Similarly, you should check the pressure of the tires.
Moreover, you should check if the brakes on your scooter work correctly before hitting the road. In case something isn't working right, take your scooter to a technician who will advise you on what to do next.
Usually, this will be the changing certain parts on your scooter that aren't operating properly. And if by any chance you own an Envy scooter, even better. Envy scooter parts are easy to find and easy to replace. This reliable brand offers various different parts, from tyres to brakes and wheel guards, anything you need, just name it and it can be found.
When you're riding a scooter you should be very aware of everything that is happening around you. The same rules apply to you as to other traffic participants.
Watch before you cross the street, be aware of the pedestrians, and follow the traffic rules. These rules and regulations will often vary from city to city, either way, you should know them.
What's even more important is not to use a phone while riding. If you need to take a call or check the navigation, pull over check the phone and then get back to riding.
If you need to carry something, take a backpack. Don't use scooter handlebars as this can turn out to be a bad idea once you find yourself on the ground due to losing balance.
Additionally, pay attention to the road too. There can be holes and bumps on the road, and avoiding them is the best way to deal with them.
Special vigilance and attention should be paid when roads are slippery and wet. This applies to all vehicles and especially to two-wheelers like scooters and mopeds.
Slippery and wet ground is unpredictable that's why being very careful is a must under these conditions. If you can, try to altogether avoid riding a scooter under these conditions.
If for whatever reason this is not possible, you should go slow and avoid swerving. When you need to brake, make sure you have enough time to do this. Also, you're bound to come across puddles or ice patches, if it's possible, do your best to avoid them because you never know what is below that puddle.
During these circumstances, don't forget to wear your helmet and other safety gear.
Even though scooters are small vehicles, they can still pose an obstacle if not parked appropriately. This means that you should be mindful of other people too.
Don't discard your scooter just about anywhere. Make sure you park it standing up so that other people can pass by it without having to trip over it. Different cities have different parking regulations, so be sure to learn parking regulations of your city before leaving your scooter unattended.
Riding a scooter should be done slowly and carefully. In most cases, reckless riding has resulted in some sort of injury. You as a scooter rider are practically invisible to other drivers and they will not expect you if you just pop up in front of them.
This is why you shouldn't assume that anyone will see you, you should be vigilant and you should ride defensively. Plan ahead and always think twice before making any sudden moves.
Riding a scooter can be a fun and interesting experience. However, just like with any vehicle, you are an active traffic participant and all the rules apply to you as well.
Take all the safety measurements seriously and don't think that a scooter is just a toy. It's not and if you ride it recklessly and without any safety gear, you are risking being seriously injured.
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