Gas Scooters Safety Rules For Staying Alive_

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					by: J Larry Alan

By following a few safety measures gas scooters can be as safe as any vehicle on the road.
However, taken lightly, gas scooters can cause serious injury or even death.

Gas motor scooters are often thought of as toys, innocent and cheap fun. But it's exactly that type
of thinking that can get a gas scooter driver into deep trouble. First and foremost scooters are
motor vehicles just like motorcycles and automobiles. They share the road with other cars and
trucks and are subject to similar laws and regulations. And although they are an object of desire
for many they can be dangerous for the unexperienced or unprepared.

As a general rule gas powered scooters are regulated by state laws as either motorcycles or
mopeds and are subject to similar regulations as these other motor vehicles. By staying alert and
using caution many accidents can be avoided. Most accidents arise due to carelessness. By
paying attention to what is going on around you and what other drivers are doing you can feel
relatively safe out on the highway.

There are two things that cause the majority of accidents, speeding and following too closely to
the vehicle ahead. Driving safely is all about giving other drivers enough reaction time. If
another driver wants to change into your lane directly in front of you it may cause you to lose
control if you are speeding and haven't enough time to react. Without enough time to slow down
this maneuver by the other driver may require you to move into another lane to avoid him. This
can affect other drivers in other lanes which is the beginning of many accidents.

Another major mistake that many gas scooter drivers make is following too closely. When the
person ahead of you suddenly slams on the brakes you need enough time to slow down
comfortably. Ramming into the back of someone's car is not what you want to do, especially
when you are driving a small scooter without any protection around you. By following the speed
limits and giving yourself enough room to slow down if something unexpected should happen in
front of you most accidents can be prevented.

The third problem arises when gas powered scooters are purchased for use by children and
teenagers who do not even possess a valid driver's license. Drivers with licenses may not be any
safer on the road than unlicensed drivers, but at least they have had some training and experience
behind the wheel of a car. Children and teenagers without any training can be an accident
waiting to happen when it comes to motor scooters. Without any experience or training children
and young teenagers can quickly find themselves in positions that experienced drivers normally
would not.

Kids have been known to throw caution into the wind, darting in and out of traffic without a clue
as to the dangers. On gas scooters that are so small they can't be seen well by other drivers, and
without much driving experience or training, kids will pose a hazard to both themselves and the
other motorists they come in contact with.

Parents should be strongly cautioned to have their children receive the proper amount of training
on their gas power scooters before they are allowed onto the busy city streets. Find a deserted
road and put them through a training session. The life a parent saves may be his own children's.
Only after a parent feels comfortable with his child's driving skills should they allow the child
onto the busier streets. By making sure that our children know the safety rules of the road we are
decreasing their chances of being involved in a serious accident. Before we can legally drive a
car on the highway we must all pass certain tests. Why should it be any different for younger
kids?

Gas or electric scooters are wonderful little vehicles that are fun to drive, cheap to buy and are
very handy for traveling short distances around the neighborhood to perform errands. They
usually have larger storage room than a motorcycle and are very inexpensive to operate. There
are many reasons for owning a gas scooter, but in the hands of the untrained and inexperienced
they can be deadly.

The ATV, go carts, dirt bikes and mini bikes are other vehicles that are often owned and
operated by younger drivers. But they are usually not seen on the city streets as scooters are. Go
karts are typically driven on tracks specifically designed for the go cart. And the mini bike, dirt
bike or ATVs are typically driven off road. These other vehicles avoid many of the dangers that
scooter drivers must face, namely traffic on the busy highway.

Gas scooters are quite popular these days, especially among the younger market who are too
young to drive cars yet. Without proper training for these kids it opens the door to possible
serious accidents. As the worldwide popularity of gas scooters grows we need to make sure that
people's awareness of driving and safety regulations keeps pace, especially among the kids that
have no previous drivers experience.

Kids often think of gas scooters as toys, not as potentially dangerous vehicles. But a scooter is
not a toy. It is a motor vehicle that is subject to certain laws and regulations. People need to be
aware of the potential scooter dangers and remain alert while driving at all times. They should
not drive erratically, but be predictable and courteous to other drivers on the road. They should
follow the speed limits and remain a safe distance behind other vehicles. Kids should receive
proper training before being allowed on the busier streets. By taking these few safety precautions
we can help ensure a fun safe driving experience for all.

This article was posted on January 23, 2006

				
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