It is allowed to drive a scooter 50 cm3 from the age of 14 years, and teenagers know it very well! They often start harassing their parents to get the coveted item as soon as this age limit approaches. Parents are often stuck between two choices: to give in to the desire of their child and to say no to “their good.” Here are some tips to help you weigh the pros and cons and make the right choice.
The scooter: dangerous or not?
Before starting any discussion about the scooter, you have to have some numbers in mind. Motorcycles were many years ago the number one killer of 14-17 year-olds on the roads, but since 2000, there has been considerable progress in road safety for small scooters, and mortality has dropped by 63%. This risk is, therefore, relative, even if it remains real.
Why does your teen want a scooter?
To make the right choice, you have to understand the motivations of the teenager. The scooter (or any other vehicle) is for a teenager synonymous with freedom and independence. To have one is to no longer need parents to go to school, see friends, go out having fun. It is above all a tool of socialization and integration. But the scooter can also be a “whim,” an object that will inflate the ego of the teenager. It is, therefore, imperative to know when the scooter is a real need, as is the case when the family lives in the countryside or if your teen’s reasons are more superficial.
It is, therefore, necessary to ask the right questions without playing the gendarme.
The first condition to allow a teenager to have a scooter is the responsibility. It’s up to you to judge the maturity of your teenager. If he is responsible, offering him a bike could be a way of showing him that he is on the right track, a way to reward him and encourage him. If your teenager still seems too carefree, it may be necessary to wait.
Involving the teenager in the purchase of the scooter, both financially and morally, is also very important. It is good to make sure that it deserves the bike and that it commits to the respect of a moral pact and of essential safety rules.
Teens on a scooter: Tips to follow
If the parents give in to their teenager’s desire for a bike, they will have to be responsible and accountable to their child for the dangers of the road, the rules to be respected, the safety equipment that must be carried on oneself. And protections that must be worn at all times.
Empower your teen to scooter
The teenager who receives a bike must receive instructions on a serious tone that will have to open his eyes to the dangers on the road. The prohibition of drinking before driving must be the first instruction given. The safety instructions, the respect of the rules of the way, the occupants of the other vehicles must be remembered regularly to the teenager to underline their importance.
Teenagers tend to clandestinely unleash their two-wheelers, which allows them to exceed the authorized 45 km / h. Engagement of the teen to never unclamp his scooter will be necessary for addition to regular checks made by the parents or by a specialist.
AM permit required for scooter operators
Since November 2012, the BSR (Road Safety Certificate), which was needed for the use of a scooter of fewer than 50 ccs, has been replaced by the category AM license. This license is mandatory for all bikes in this category and is obtained after theoretical and practical training.
The theoretical part is given at the college; it includes notions of road safety, traffic law, and ethical behavior and is sanctioned by a certificate of road safety (ASR). The practical training of the AM permit, which can be taken in the schools of some associations or driving school, lasts 7 hours and allows you to learn to drive a scooter safely.
Scooter safety equipment
Riding a scooter can be dangerous in some situations, and accidents on such vehicles, even at 45 km / h, can be severe. This gravity can be mitigated by proper scooter equipment.
- The helmet is mandatory for all motorized two-wheelers, including small scooters. It must be up to standard and well attached.
- The gloves will become obligatory from November 2016. The first reflex is to put your hands on the ground in case of a fall; gloves are the only equipment that can protect them effectively.
- The jackets and protective trousers are not mandatory but can be beneficial in case of accidents. Scooter jeans can be a good alternative, allowing them to combine style and protection.
A budget scooter to evaluate well
The purchase and maintenance of a bike can cost more than expected. The vehicle costs according to the brand and the quality of 1000 to 4500 euros. To this, we must be added the purchase of the helmet, which is mandatory and prices from 100 to 250 euros. Other fees may apply for the purchase of a protective suit: the whole can cost up to 600 euros.
Since scooters are often stolen, a lock will also be necessary, and it will take between 70 and 160 euros to buy good quality.
Discover how to choose an anti-theft device and consult with your teen our guide to discover the best practices to follow to prevent the theft of your child’s scooter.
Do not forget insurance, which can cost from 100 to 200 euros per year depending on the chosen contract.
The teenager will have to be involved in these expenses, on the one hand, to make him responsible and teach him the value of things and money but also to educate the notions of effort and reward. A teenager financially involved in the purchase and maintenance of his scooter will be more likely to pay attention on the road.