How to Prevent Injuries on a Scooter

How to Prevent Injuries on a ScooterSo, you’ve looked over our guide to determine whether or not a scooter is right for you, and you’ve decided that it’s time to upgrade to a scooter. Great! However, before taking to the streets on your new ride, let’s make sure you know the basics of scooter safety.

Scooters are generally easy to control and lightweight, but like any other vehicle, they carry a certain degree of risk. Scooter-related injuries can be very serious and have even had people rushed to the ER. Fortunately, most accidents can be prevented by following traffic rules and taking precautionary measures. Simple things, such as wearing adequate gear and taking riding classes, can lower your risk of injury, and having the right Scooter Insurance policy will ensure that you and your scooter will be covered no matter where you go or what you do.

Risk Factors

Electricity-powered vehicles are safe for most people, but as a rider, it is your responsibility to use them safely on the road. Common causes of scooter related injuries include:

  • Riding when you’re tired and exhausted
  • Taking another rider on your scooter
  • Operating the vehicle under bad weather conditions
  • Ignoring the traffic rules
  • Not wearing protective gear
  • Performing dangerous moves
  • Not paying attention to other passengers in traffic
  • Riding your scooter on the pavements of walkers
  • Going over dangerous terrain
  • Not keeping your scooter adequately maintained
  • Riding at night or on hot mornings

As you can see, most of these tips are very similar to tips for safely driving a car, and ask that above all you use your common sense.

Injury Prevention Tips

It is essential that you learn the traffic rules, wear adequate equipment, and practice your riding skills before going on the road. Avoid riding directly on the street, especially during rush hours.

One of the best ways to prevent scooter-related injuries is to wear a helmet. Most helmets are inexpensive and come in all sizes. Although wearing a helmet may seem uncomfortable (or dorky) at first, you’ll get used to it shortly. This item should fit properly on your head and be fastened correctly. Statistics indicate that wearing a helmet can lower the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.

Make sure you understand the importance of using protective gear. You can also buy knee and elbow pads, a reflective vest, and neon stickers. This will increase your visibility in traffic and help prevent accidents. Because scooters are so small compared to cars and even motorcycles, increasing your visibility and protecting your body are absolutely crucial.

Help to avoid injuries by choosing a scooter that matches your skills. If the vehicle is too small or too large, you won’t be able to operate it properly. Also, look for a model with safety features, and learn to use it before going in traffic. Check your scooter regularly for wear and tear. Don’t underestimate the value of having scooter insurance so you are financially protected. 

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