How to Ride a Scooter
If you are confident enough to learn, then try and practice on a nearby road that is quiet. We are assuming you have an automatic scooter. Near the Tik Scooter hire we have a quiet road for practicing. Knowing how to ride a bicycle helps a lot towards knowing how to balance. A scooter will have a set of handle bars with breaks each side for each hand, the right side will have an accelerator which twists with your right hand at the same time your fingers operate the brake. The left side break and hand are more lazy. Most new scooters the breaks operate in sync for front and back.
Sit on the bike and get comfortable with the breaks and accelerator, these are what cause people to crash immediately when getting on a bike. Accelerator and brake are on the handle bars, you will need to multitask with your hand between breaks and accelerator. Many people panic and accelerate while trying to break and it’s a crash or fall as an escape to control the bike.
Some tips are, feel the weight of the bike while sitting on it, holding the handles bars with feet on the ground, lean the bike left and right, this helps you understand the weight of the bike. The weight of the bike catches people out when stopping and relying on there feet as stands, the bike weight is misjudged and you will lose balance when you come to a stop.
You want to be as safe as possible during your first ride.
- Sit on your scooter and adjust the mirrors—you should be able to see behind you with both mirrors.
- Ride on the left side of the road.
- Keep your speed under 40km/hr.
- Keep to the shoulder, allow people to pass you.
- Do not pass cars until you are fully confident with the speeds and balance.
- Do not use your shoes as a balance when riding around corners, remember on bicycle your feet are pedaling. Using your feet to balance going around a bend can lead to a bad accident.
- Wear a Helmet
- Dont wear headphones, you need to hear your surroundings.