Learning to ride a scooter can be incredibly liberating. With a nimble, agile scooter you can zoom efficiently around a town without having to worry about parking or manoeuvring a larger vehicle. It can seem a little daunting to take on this challenge as a beginner – falling off seems dangerous after all – but by following simple tips at the start you should become proficient in no time.
Wear appropriate protective gear
The right protective gear can ensure that you can withstand most accidents. The main thing is to wear a helmet: in an accident your head is usually the most vulnerable part of your body. Without a helmet you can end up with a serious long-term injury. Fortunately, with a helmet you should be able to avoid significant damage. Aside from this, padded clothing can alleviate any bruising in an accident, while gloves can help avoid any blistering.
Get yourself a licence and read up on the highway code
Make sure you have a licence. To drive a moped or scooter in the UK you need a specific licence. Although, if you have a car driving licence, you just need to take a compulsory basic training course. After that, just ensure that you have a good understanding of the highway code and make sure that you can safely navigate the roads.
Master basic skills
Next up, you’ll want to master the basics of riding a scooter. Much of this is similar to riding a bike – you need to focus on balance. Begin by riding in a safe place and just carefully practice keeping your balance while gently increasing the speed. After this you can carefully get used to braking and cornering.
Get confident with accelerating
The bike will wobble the slower you go – accelerating to, and then maintaining, and optimum speed is key. Just get familiar with safely accelerating to the adequate speed limit before maintaining that pace. Speed can be exhilarating, but don’t let this get to your head – racing is rarely safe.
Get the right insurance for your scooter
Once you’ve picked up these skills, you should be ready to get out on the road and enjoy your scooter. Finally though, protect your scooter – and yourself – by arranging comprehensive scooter insurance. This can give you the peace of mind that an accident won’t be the end of the world.
Scooters are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. They’re inexpensive, versatile and can suit all ages. By following the above advice you can quickly get yourself into the position where you’re confidently zooming around the highways. With the basic skills in hand – alongside suitable equipment and insurance – you should be all set.