With rising gas prices, it's difficult not to notice an increase in the number of individuals opting for scooters as a mode of transportation. You can't refute the financial and environmental benefits of riding a scooter versus driving a 2-ton vehicle that only gets 20 miles per gallon, no matter what make or model you choose to meet your style.
With more people riding scooters, there is a growing dilemma of how to safely share the road. Scooters are classified differently by states; some lump them in with bicycles, in-line skates, and skateboards, while others lump them in with motorbikes, requiring helmets and restricting where scooters can be ridden. For the relevant legislation and licenses, go to your state's DMV website to find out which category may apply.
Scooters, regardless of where you live, are likely to share the road with vehicles that are substantially heavier and can easily overtake them. Scooter riders can effectively and safely share the road with other vehicles by employing common sense and a few simple safety practices.
So when you hop on your scooter always wear a helmet, use your turn signals and lights and ALWAYS obey the rules of the road (speed limits and road markings)!
Enjoy your ride!