Powered Scooters Safety - Obey the Laws
Consumers who purchase motorized scooters and mopeds often need to obey the same laws as cars and motorcycles. Powered scooters safety is an important issue in some communities where powered mopeds and scooters are very popular. Some communities have enacted laws preventing scooters and mopeds from using public pathways and other areas that are generally used by pedestrians. Before you purchase your power scooter or moped, you may want to check with your local police department to understand the legal requirements and restrictions.
Powered scooter safety should be taken very seriously by all scooter riders, but especially the new riders who may be under age and riding a scooter for the first time. Power electric scooters are generally limited in top speed and travel slower than many gas powered scooters. Electric scooters are also silent and provide little or no warning that they are on the road, so you cannot depend on another driver or pedestrian to hear your approach.
Gas powered scooters are nosier, however even these with their smaller profile are not as safe as a car on the road. Even if your community does not have any specific restrictions for motorized scooters, customers should drive their scooters safely and obey all of the normal road rules and safety requirements. Wearing a helmet on a power scooter or moped for example is not required in some states. Even though there is may be no requirement to wear a helmet; this protective gear increases your level of safety in a collision. You can also increase your safety by wearing kneepads, and elbow pads in addition to a helmet when you ride your motorized moped or scooter.
Dennis Harley contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.the-scooters-report.com.
He has been involved in european motorcycle rider and scooter training programs for over a decade. Dennis writes informative and news worthy content.