Scooters are a relatively cheap way to get on the road. In the UK models with engines under 50cc can be ridden by young people from the age of 16, so scooters can be ideal for young people wanting to get away from relying on their parents giving lifts and public transport. They're also great if your commute to and from work isn't far as they're nippy in traffic and when filtering you can avoid queuing at traffic lights. With rising fuel prices you also get great fuel economy, some bikes even offer nearly 100 mpg!
As much as scooters are seen a 'fun' method of getting around they are still motorbikes and you need to ride them with the care and attention you would with any vehicle.
To ride a scooter you'll need to make sure the following are in place:
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT): This is the training you will need to complete before you can ride a scooter or moped on a UK road. A CBT lasts for 2 years and can either be retaken again when it runs out or you could train to complete full bike licence or car licence.
Registration: You'll need to make sure your scooter is registered with the DVLA before riding on the roads.
Tax: Scooters need taxing just as any vehicle does before you can ride it on the road. The good news, scooters can cost as little as £17 a year to tax!
Scooter Insurance: You should also make sure you have adequate scooter insurance before taking to the roads.
As with any vehicle, if you plan on driving it on the road you'll need to arrange suitable insurance. Scooter Insurance is generally cheaper than other vehicle insurance and comes in three types, third party only, third party fire and theft, and fully comprehensive. When you're getting your scooter insurance quotes, remember that cheapest doesn't always mean the best cover. Check what the benefits of each policy are and make sure you get the cover you need.
Third Party Only Scooter Insurance (TPO): If you were involved in an accident this cover would pay for the costs to the third party but would not cover any of your costs (costs to repair your scooter etc.)
Third Party Fire and Theft Scooter Insurance (TPFT): Same as Third Party Only but you would also be protected should your scooter be stolen or was involved in a fire.
Fully Comprehensive Scooter Insurance: Covers you for all those above plus cover for damage to you or your scooter caused by an accident that's your fault.
When getting your scooter insurance you'll be asked how you intend to use your scooter, to get a policy that offers the cover you need try to be as accurate as possible, the main options are:
We compare scooter insurance from some of the UKs leading providers to get you competitive prices. There are a few ways you could make your scooter insurance even cheaper:
Increase your excess: As well as your compulsory excess you also need to specify a voluntary excess. Increasing the amount of voluntary excess you are willing to pay in the event of a fault accident could reduce your initial scooter insurance premium.
The fewer miles you ride the less risk there is of you being involved in an accident which could lower your insurance premium.
Adding extra security to your scooter, such as alarms, locks and chains will make your bike more secure and deter thieves.
Riding safely is essential and earning no claims bonus will show insurers you are a safe rider which could see your scooter insurance price fall.
To get a scooter insurance quote from One Call Insurance simply call 01302 554012 or find us on Price Comparison Websites such as The Bike Insurer.
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