Scooters

Passing Your CBT

Passing Your CBT

If you have never driven a scooter before then it probably looks easier than it is.  There are plenty of people who opt to drive a scooter rather than a car.  They are cheap to run with some of them getting nearly 100 miles per gallon.  You can navigate city traffic easily and parking is rarely a problem since you can fit them in almost anywhere.  That being said before you hit the road in your brand new scooter you are going to have to pass your CBT test.  The CBT or Compulsory Basic Training isn’t that difficult.  Here is an idea of what you are going to need and what you should expect.

Here are some things you should be prepared for:

  1. Eye Test: You’re going to need to get your eyes tested, this is a basic test where you read letters off a sign on the wall.
  2. Safety: You will be expected to not only drive your scooter safely but to have all of the safety gear including helmet and clothing.  You will also be expected to sit through a safety class that will last somewhere between an hour or two.
  3. Basic Maneuvers: You will need to know basic scooter maneuvers including backing up safely, turning and everything else to be able to navigate the streets.
  4. Road Test: You will have to take a road test that demonstrates that you know how to drive your scooter, that you can operate your scooter safely.  The road test will take a couple of hours and make sure that you know the rules of the road.
  5. Certification: Once you pass all of the tests then you can get your certification.  You will have 2 years before you have to do your certification once again.
  6. Failing Your Test: Failing your test can happen and you shouldn’t be discouraged, more often than not it is the road test where people fail.  If that happens then you may want to take some lessons to hone your skills and boost your confidence.

Once you have passed all of the requirements then you are ready to hit the road.  If you don’t already have a scooter then it might be time to go shopping for one.  You can buy a brand new scooter with all the bells and whistles or you can grab yourself a used scooter for just a couple of hundred pounds.  Then you’re ready to start exploring.

Buying Your First Scooter

Buying Your First Scooter

With the rising costs of petrol more and more people are choosing to buy a scooter rather than buying a new car.  The fact that they are cheap to run isn’t the only reason to buy a scooter in the city they are easier to navigate through traffic, you can park them almost anywhere, and let’s admit it they are fun to drive.  Buying your first scooter should be exciting, but at the same time you have to use caution to make sure you are getting your money’s worth.  Here are some other things you need to consider too.

Traffic in Your Area

Scooters are ideal for city traffic however they aren’t suitable for the M1.  While scooters bigger than 150cc can achieve speeds of up to 60mph it won’t be the most comfortable ride.  That brings us to the next point, are you traveling on long journeys or just back and forth to work.  If you want to buy a Vespa or something similar to it, it doesn’t offer much in the way of wind protection nor are they very comfortable on a long journey.  Instead look for a scooter with more comfortable seating and a bit of wind protection.

Your Experience

If you have experience riding a scooter then you are probably just looking for a good deal on a scooter that will do what you need it to.  But if you are planning on learning to drive with your new scooter then you might want to start out with a smaller scooter until you have the experience to ride one with a bigger engine.  Even the smaller scooters are pretty agile and take off faster than you expect.

New or Used

You can find some really good deals on a used scooter as long as the original owner made sure to take good care of it.  You want to make sure they did regular maintenance and servicing.  Budget is always a factor and many buy scooters because they are a cheap method of transportation, used scooters can be found for just a couple of hundred pounds.

If you have never owned a scooter before then you should probably take someone with you with some experience.  You can also check online forums to see if there are any common issues with the models that you are looking at.  If this is going to be your primary method of transportation then you want to make sure that you are getting something that is mechanically sound.