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Moped safety tips may help keep you safe

Many Oahu residents may have had their eye on a scooter or moped for some time. Now that you have one of your own, you likely cannot wait to hit the open road and feel the thrill of the ride. Whether this outing will act as a new experience or you have been out several times, you certainly want to ensure that you remain safe while on the road.

Scooter operators can face many risks while traveling due to the smaller size of the vehicles and the lack of protection mopeds provide. Unfortunately, if you are involved in an accident while driving your moped, a high potential exists that you could suffer serious injuries. Therefore, you will undoubtedly want to take steps to protect yourself as best as possible.

Wear a helmet

Of course, the first safety suggestion must relate to head protection. Wearing a helmet could lessen the likelihood of severe head trauma in the event of an accident. Additionally, this type of headwear could also reduce wind noise, help keep dirt and other debris out of your eyes, and protect your head from the elements. You will certainly want to ensure that your helmet meets Department of Transportation requirements.

Love your reflection

A step that could help increase visibility while on the road involves reflective materials. Many jackets or vests made specifically for visibility come with reflective strips that allow light to bounce off the material and work to make you more visible to other travelers. You may also wish to consider adding such material to your helmet. Additionally, wearing bright colors could also help better increase your visibility.

Use your horn

Though many people may think it rude to honk at other drivers, always use your horn if you suspect that another traveler may not see you or that he or she may perform a maneuver that could put you at risk. This noise may draw attention to you and allow other drivers to make a second check of their surroundings before changing lanes or carrying out other actions.

Know your options

Despite your best safety efforts, you may still end up involved in an injury-causing accident due to another driver. In such a situation, you may wonder how to handle seeking compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other negative outcomes of the crash. By finding out more information on your legal options, you may determine whether filing a personal injury claim could suit your needs and desires when it comes to compensation.

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