Benefits of Scooters for Commuting

Scooters make a lot of sense for commuting

Scooters make a lot of sense for commuting

Though the majority of people travel by car each and every day, more and more people are considering changing their mode of transport and thinking about buying a scooter to commute to and from work. Scooters are relatively new to the market since they’ve only been available to consumers towards the latter half of the 20th century yet their popularity is booming. There are many benefits of commuting on a scooter:

  • Cost – If you want to buy a car you’ll likely be facing a large initial expensive unless you’re buying an  old used prospect that is probably not in the best condition. Scooters can be bought for very little outlay and even less if you want to buy a second hand. With brand new scooters available from at little as £500 you may find it easier to afford than you think.
  • Fuel – We all know that fuel prices are increasing every week, and there’s a high chance that it’ll continue to rise in the future, with rising oil prices and fuel tax showing no sign of retreat. On average, a normal car would probably get around 35 miles per gallon while a scooter could easily get 3 or 4 times that which is obviously a huge difference, especially if you travel on a daily basis. Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, said: “Rising parking charge and high fuel costs point to two wheel motor vehicles as an obvious solution for those seeking sustainable personal transport, with some new scooters and mopeds doing up to 146mpg.”
  • Traffic – Nobody likes sitting in traffic at any time, particularly during rush hour. If you live in a city or a large town you’ll know exactly what we are talking about here. In a car you’d have no choice but to sit there and wait, but if you had a scooter you’d be able to skip most of the traffic and get to wherever you’re going to a lot quicker. Avoiding gridlock becomes a breeze and far less stressful than wasting time behind the wheel.
  • Easier to drive – It might sound a little bit strange, but if you don’t know how to drive yet but you need to travel then you really should think about learning how to drive a scooter. There’s not a lot to learn really since it’s quite simple, after you practice a bit you’ll know just about everything there is to know about driving any type of scooter!
  • Age – You can drive a scooter at age 16 with a CBT up to a 50cc engine size, which means you have the freedom a whole year before your car driving friends and with current car insurance prices, at a lot cheaper rate. Getting to and from a part time job also becomes a lot easier, and theres no need to rely on friends or family for lifts.
  • Insurance/Tax – Since the engine sizes on scooters are very small, the cost of insurance and tax is much cheaper than if you were to insure/tax a car for obvious reasons.
  • Parking – Parking is something that nearly every person dreads, especially when you’re just starting out driving. As you probably expect though, parking a scooter is extremely easy so you won’t have to worry about parking too much, even if it’s in a really tight spot!

With prices so low, theres a scooter for every taste, whether you want something with a bit more poke like a 125cc engine, a nippy and cheap 50cc bike or even an electric scooter for those doing only a few miles a week. So you can see there are plenty of reasons why using a scooter for commuting makes a lot of sense.

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