High gas prices have some people turning to two-wheeled vehicles. Scooters and bikes may save you money, but be aware of the risks.
Always wear a helmet.
Don't assume other drivers can see you. Don't ride in a driver's blind spot.
Expect cars to cut in front of you and pass you dangerously. This will increase your reaction time if something does go wrong.
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Signal sufficiently ahead of time before you make a turn or lane change. Supplement your lighted signal with a hand signal.
It is easy for criminals to steal a bike or a scooter. Invest in a good lock, and always use it.
When you first buy a scooter, consider taking a basic motorcycle course. It may not be required, but the skills could save your life.