6 safety tips for 2-wheeled vehicles

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.

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.