Category Archives: Safety Articles and Riding Tips

Articles and tips concerning safe scooter riding.

False Signals

Today, I’m going to revisit the subject of signals.

Signals can take the form of electronic turn signals fitted to vehicles, things such as headlight flashes, or arm/hand signals.

In an earlier post about turn signals and signal reinforcement, I talked about the obvious importance of giving good, early signals to other road users.

Well, it turns out that sometimes, the very best thing to do with another road user’s signal is to ignore it!
Further, there are situations where it is prudent to avoid giving a signal to another road user. Let’s look at some examples: Continue reading False Signals

Passing (Overtaking)

Overtaking and passing. These are both terms meaning the same thing – depending on your local lexicon, but they both refer to the act of getting past a vehicle that is going slower than you intend to ride yourself.

For consistency, I will use the term “overtaking” in this article.

 

I have purposely left the subject of passing/overtaking until later in my series of posts.
This is because, with our (generally) lower-powered scooters, it is something that requires a lot more forethought and planning than it would, say, in a car, or on a higher powered motorcycle. Continue reading Passing (Overtaking)

Throttle Sense

Today, I’m going to talk about something which carries a lot of benefits – most especially for the scooter rider. Some of these benefits include:

  • Better Hazard Avoidance
  • Better Visibility
  • Increased Fuel Economy
  • Less Wear on Your Scooter
  • Less Rider Fatigue

Quite an impressive list, wouldn’t you agree?
All of these benefits can be achieved by the cultivation of what I call “Throttle Sense”. Continue reading Throttle Sense

Scanning and Hazard Fixation

Today, I’m going to talk about about a very important skill that the safe scooter rider practises continually – Vigilant Scanning.

And, on the other side of the coin is a phenomenon that strangely seems to affect those of us on two wheels more than it does drivers of “regular” vehicles – Hazard Fixation. Continue reading Scanning and Hazard Fixation

Limit Point Analysis – The Road is Telling You More Than You Think

Today, I’m going to be talking about an invaluable technique for safe scooter riding called Limit Point Analysis.

I say this technique is invaluable because application of it really can give us a “free” window into the future: What is happening with the road ahead.
It is often telling us things such as how fast we can safely take that corner, or what safe speed should we be doing right now.
It is often telling us how sharp that curve is up ahead, and whether the curve we are on is beginning to get tighter, or straighten out.

All this is available to us – if only we know where to look. Doesn’t that sound interesting? It sure was to me when I first came across it! Continue reading Limit Point Analysis – The Road is Telling You More Than You Think

Back to Basics – Starting Your Scooter

It has struck me that, in this blog, I often talk about more advanced techniques for safe scooter riding, but haven’t provided much discussion about some of the most basic things – like actually starting your scooter and taking it off its stand. I’m going to devote a little time to that now. Continue reading Back to Basics – Starting Your Scooter

A System for Safe Scooter Riding – IPSA and TUG

Today, I’m going to get just a little bit technical, and talk about a formal system which we can use to guide every aspect of our riding. It is a system that is flexible, and can be used continually to cover everything we do while out on the road.
Although this may seem a little complicated at first, please bear with me, and you should see how a little study and application of this system will be extremely worth the effort.

Of course, what system worth its salt doesn’t come along with a mnemonic or two, right? Never wishing to disappoint, here are a couple for you: Continue reading A System for Safe Scooter Riding – IPSA and TUG