Moped Beginner Tips

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Moped Beginner Tips
Mopeds are a fun way to get around for short hops. (Schwalbe image by Ulrich Schwartz from Fotolia.com)

Mopeds are a practical, fun and enjoyable way to get around. Mopeds move faster than a bicycle and offer less protection than a motorcycle, so it's particularly important to be careful when riding one. If it's your first time riding a moped, you'll want to be sure that your moped is in good working condition before setting out, and make sure to wear all the appropriate protective gear.

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Protective Gear

Protective gear (helmets, gloves, jackets) is always important to wear but even more so for a beginning rider. Always wear a helmet when driving a moped. Protective clothing, such as long trousers and a thick leather or denim jacket, can aid in protecting your skin from abrasions should you have a fall. Driving gloves will not only improve your grip on the handlebars, but will also save your hands from scrapes and cuts in case you take a spill.

Awareness

Be alert and aware while driving your moped, particularly in new surroundings. Don't distract yourself with a cell phone or music while driving. Keep aware of all other vehicles in your surroundings, and be watchful for cars that may want to overtake you. If you're in an urban area, pay special attention to pedestrians and bicyclists. Remember that you're operating a vehicle much smaller than a car, and a collision with a pedestrian or bicycle can injure both of you.

Planning

On your first few excursions with your moped, plan your trip. Mopeds get good gas mileage, but until you have a good sense of how long your moped will go on a full tank, be cautious about driving long distances. Planning your trip in advance will also help you stick to roads you feel comfortable navigating and make it easy to avoid dense traffic situations.

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