street scooters

Riding Safety Tips

  • Wear bright or reflective clothing. Wear a helmet, even if it's not required by law. Be sure the helmet is DOT approved. (Scooter Helmets
  • Don't ride in another motorist's "blind spot."
  • Excessive speed is a factor in many accidents. Obey the speed limits and never travel faster than your skill level or than the conditions allow.
  • Signal well before you make a turn or lane change. Your size and maneuverability can surprise other motorists. Consider using hand signals in addition to your electric turn signals.
  • Don't let other motorists surprise you. Use extra caution at intersections, parking lot entrances and exits, and driveways.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the floorboards while riding.
  • Never leave your moped unattended with the engine running.
  • Reduce your speed when riding over bumpy roads. Avoid hitting road hazards, such as sharp bumps and holes in the road surface. These hazards can cause loss of control or damage to your moped.
  • Be especially conscious of traffic from behind. Because of the likely speed difference between other traffic and your moped, use caution and check your mirrors frequently every 5-7 seconds.
  • Remember, mirrors allow only a partial view to your rear. There are blind spots. Be aware of where they are, and check them frequently.
  • Check to see if your local governing agency has additional tips or guidelines for you. 
  • Use these scooter riding safety tips every time you ride your moped, not just on occasion.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center.

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