Are your children fans of scooting everywhere? Make sure they’re safe this winter with our safe scooting tips

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It’s important to keep active even in the winter and scooting is a great way to encourage your children to get off the sofa. But as winter brings with it darker evenings and terrible weather – misty mornings, rainy pavements - it’s important for you and your children to be safe, too.

To ensure that you and your child have everything you need to travel safely at this time of year, here's some safe scooting tips for all the family.

To start, make sure you have the following before leaving the house. You need:

  • Helmets to be safe
  • Lights to be seen
  • Bells to be heard.

Once you’re kitted out and dressed up to go, make sure your children are aware of safe scooting and the importance of being safe and being seen.

Here’s Micro Scooter’s ten top tips for safe scooting:

  1. Always ensure you wear a helmet when scooting
  2. Use your brake to stop / slow down
  3. Don’t scoot off, either wait for your mum/dad to catch up or scoot back to them
  4. Always get off your scooter when you cross the road
  5. Be courteous to other pavement users. Move over to allow them space, or stop if there’s not enough room for you both to pass
  6. Always listen out for cars as they could be reserving out their driveway
  7. Look out for changes of pavement surfaces, these can cause you to go faster / slower than expected
  8. Keep away from the edge of the pavement, scoot on the inside of the pavement away from the road
  9. Be careful scooting after it has been raining, especially over manhole covers as they will be very slippery
  10. Ensure you wear bright clothing, or reflective jackets, and put a light on your scooter so you can be seen – this is especially important in winter months
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