I had the opportunity to sit down with the CEO and owner of Hot Street Scooters, Matt McCray.
He had this to say when it comes to scooter purchases:
“Not enough people put enough forethought into what it takes to own and maintain a scooter.”
So I decided to jot down the top 5 questions he believes everyone should ask themselves before making a scooter purchase.
#1 Am I old enough to legally own a scooter?
In order to ride a scooter legally in Florida, you must be at least 16 years old and have a Class E or “Motorcycle Only” driver’s license.
#2 How comfortable am I on two wheels?
Whether it’s a bicycle or a scooter, the same physics apply.
I suggest taking some time to reacquaint yourself with your bicycle and grow comfortable riding before transitioning to a motorized scooter.
Confidence is a very important trait to have when operating a scooter on the open road.
#3 Do I understand the road regulations for operating a scooter in Florida?
Since a scooter is considered a motor vehicle, you’re held to the same laws as you would when be operating most motor vehicles.
Scooters can be ridden on public roads, but can’t be driven on the highway or sidewalk, ever!
#4 Do I need to wear any protection?
Though you’re not required to wear eye protection or a helmet (though we highly recommend you do!), if the passenger on the scooter is under the age of 16, they need to wear a helmet at all times.
#5 Does the engine size matter?
The size of the scooter’s engine will determine how fast your scooter will go.
If your scooter has an engine displacement of over 50 CC, it would be considered a motorcycle and you would need a motorcycle license to operate it.
We hope all of you future scooter owners will take these questions into consideration before your first big purchase!
If you have any other questions (that were not mentioned above) feel free to shoot us a message in the ‘Contact Us’ section.