Whether you are scooting at the skatepark or to school, it’s important to know the road rules. Here are some top tips to keep you safe over the summer break:
Safety tips for scooters
When you are riding a scooter, there are various road safety rules you must follow.
- Always wear a credited Australian Bicycle Standards Approved helmet when riding your scooter, even if you are at home. It is important your head is protected at all times and helmet is properly fitted. Wear protective gear such as knee and elbow pads.
- Replace old or damaged equipment, especially your helmet after an impact or accident. Don’t buy a second-hand helmet, there’s no way of knowing if the previous owner has damaged it.
- Use a light in areas with poor visibility. Motorists and other road users need to be able to see you.
- It is important to note the use of scooters on the road is not recommended for school-aged or younger children.
- Scooters are best ridden in recreational areas designated for their use, such as your local indoor or outdoor skatepark and bike tracks. Scooters can be ridden on footpaths unless there is a sign stating otherwise, however, riders must keep to the left and give way to other pedestrians.
- Be aware of other riders and pedestrians on the footpath around you. Teach your child road safety rules and to look carefully at the riding environment to decide whether it’s safe to ride.
- Always obey state road laws. Check your local government website for more information on laws in your area.
Things to check before you ride
Always check your equipment before you ride. It only takes a minute.
- Scooter riders must have at least one effective brake when riding. Brakes wear down as they get older so make sure you check these regularly.
- Check all bolts are tight and bearings run smoothly.
- Check handlebar and wheels are aligned with the front wheel.
- Check handlebar grips don’t move or swivel, there are no sharp edges and the ends of the handlebars are covered with grips or end caps.
- Helmet is fitted properly and securely on your head. You are wearing appropriate protective pads.