You’ve arrived in Miami Beach and you’re about to finalize your Vespa rental! You’re picturing yourself zipping through the Miami streets, cruising down to the beach, taking in the sights with the wind in your hair. While a scooter is a fun and affordable way to get around Miami, safety is still priority number one. Here are a few tips for maximizing your fun while staying safe on your scooter.
It will come as no surprise that the most important piece of safety equipment is a helmet. Preventing a head injury is as easy as strapping on one of our DOT-approved helmets, complete with goggles or a face guard to keep road dust out of your eyes. You can use one of our helmets (included with your scooter rental) or bring your own; either way, your head needs to be protected before you roll out on your scooter.
As for the rest of your body, a scooter doesn’t require the same safety precautions as a motorcycle, but it’s still a good idea to wear long pants and a light jacket to give your skin a little extra protection in case of an accident. Also, it can help drivers see you if you wear bright colors and reflective strips.
The safety rules for driving a car and riding a scooter are a little different, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with some basic tips before you take off.
- Use your turn signal. Drivers of cars need to do this too, but it’s even more important when you’re on a scooter. Give the drivers around you plenty of notice before you change lanes or turn a corner so they don’t accidentally cut you off. You can even use the hand signals you likely learned in drivers’ ed to indicate when you’re turning, stopping, or slowing down.
- Stay visible. You probably know that it can be hard to see motorcycles in your blind spot on the highway; this is doubly true for scooters. Avoid getting into a car’s side blind spot and make sure the drivers can see you.
- Keep to a safe speed. It’s tempting to zip off into the sunset as fast as possible, but resist it! Always drive within the posted speed limits and go with the flow of traffic.
Simple, common-sense preventive measures can stop you from being a victim of theft. When you rent a scooter from Scooter Style, your rental will include a cable chain lock that you can use to secure your scooter in designated parking spots. Never, ever leave your valuables on the scooter, even in locked compartments. Only carry what you need and leave everything else locked safely in your hotel room.
You’ll get the most out of your vacation with a scooter rental from Scooter Style. Without the aggravation of driving and parking a car, you’ll have that much more time to see everything Miami Beach has to offer. Reserve your scooter now by calling 305-904-8085 or contacting us through our website.