For some young people, a moped is the first step towards getting on the roads. From there they may advance to buying a motorbike or possibly getting a car at a later stage. However, some people love riding mopeds and stick to them to ride around locally for many years.
Safety is of course one of the most important elements to be aware of here. Riding a moped safely will ensure you minimise the chances of being injured in an accident. Even if you are not at fault for a particular accident, it won’t make recovering from the injuries any more pleasant than it would be otherwise.
Don’t forget the protective gear
A helmet is mandatory, of course, but you can also protect yourself more with a proper waterproof protective jacket and trousers. Many of these have built-in padding to at least provide some kind of protection when you need it most. The same applies to boots.
Additionally, it is well worth taking a proper safety course. While you will of course need a provisional license and undertake a basic training course to earn your CBT certificate, additional training is never a bad idea. The more you know before you go out and ride your moped in traffic, the safer you are likely to be. Think of it this way – a good safety course goes way beyond the basics, and it could even save your life.
Watch out for potential hazards
Riding a moped safely involves anticipating potential danger as well as reacting if something should suddenly happen to threaten your safety. The better you are at anticipating potential hazards, the safer you are likely to be. For example, don’t assume someone who has just parked will see you and refrain from opening their car door just as you are going past. Another example would be to make sure you look for pedestrians and bikers as well as other road users.
Sometimes though, no matter how careful you are, you can still be injured while riding your moped. Sometimes this can happen because of actions other people take that lead you to be hurt. Accident Advice Helpline knows how painful such accidents can be, and we might be in a position to help you win some compensation for any injuries you suffered. Contact us on 0800 689 0500 now to discover more details.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead