Get 100+ MPG with scooters
Each Monday here on Gather Little by Little I write about topics and techniques for saving money. This article is part of that ongoing series called Money Saving Monday Tips.
I know, I know not another article on gas prices, MPGs, or hypermiling right? Well, bear with me as this is an idea that will not only reduce your gas costs but might even be fun!
Pretty much everyone is feeling the cost of rising gas prices and you certainly don’t need me to remind you. The pain is felt each time you fill up that SUV, car, or even hybrid. Gas prices are at an all time high here in America, and we’re all feeling the pain. That pain is causing many people to look for more economical options. Options include selling those gas guzzling SUVs, down sizing to smaller cars, or purchasing hybrids.
Here in America, cars, trucks and SUVs are the standard for getting from one point to another. While alternative forms of transportation are available, they just aren’t prominent here in the states. Just taking a quick glance out my front window, every driveway I see has a car, truck or SUV. On the contrary though, other countries have used other forms of transportation for years. These countries not only have high sophisticated public transportation but other forms as well. It now seems we Americans are beginning to discover the forms of transportation used by these other countries.
What am I talking about? What other forms of transportation am I referencing? Bikes, motorcycles, mopeds and scooters. I for one am seeing far more motorcycles on the road these days. Along with the motorcycles, I’m also seeing scooters.
The most popular of these alternative forms of transportation recently are scooters. Since I’ve been seeing far more on the road, I thought I’d do a little research on these motorcycle like vehicles.
What I quickly found out is that scooters are a great transportation option, especially if you live in a city or work close to where you live. Scooters are affordable, don’t require insurance, don’t require a driver’s license and they can get 100+ miles per gallon.
Retailers of scooters are seeing a dramatic increase in scooter sales over the past few months. The higher gas prices get, the more scooters retailers are selling. Scooter prices range from $600.00 – $5, 000.00 depending on the size of the engine and scooter features. There are a number of models that get more than 100 MPG in the $600-$700 range.
With all of that gas mileage, paying for gas at the pump is very different. On average, scooters get 80-100 mpgs out of their 2 gallon gas tanks. For many, that would equate to one fill-up a month at $8 – $10!
Scooters do have a few limitations, namely the speed limit. Scooters with smaller engines can have a difficult time keeping up with traffic and takes then significantly longer to get up to speed. Some states, such as NC where I live limits scooters to 30 mph. Scooters that can travel faster have the same requirements as motorcycles.
Also like motorcycles, scooters have the same helmet requirements that motorcycles do, meaning you have to wear one. Scooters are also far more dangerous than cars and as motorcycles and scooters become more prominent on the roads, so will accidents.
Another item to consider is the weather, including the cold, heat, snow and rain. Unlike cars there are no roofs, heaters or A/C. While the design of scooters should keep your legs and feet dry, your upper body is completely exposed. You will either need an alternative form of transportation or the appropriate weather gear.
What to know about Scooters
When riding on the road, scooters must follow the same traffic and road laws of other vehicles such as cars. This means they have to obey all traffic signs, signals, etc. Scooters should also travel on the ride of the lane like a bike, so they can be easily passed.
Going cheap can also cost you in the long run. The scooter industry isn’t heavily regulated right now and there a number of off-brand and imported models that while cheap are not reliable, costly and difficult to repair due to hard to find repair parts. While a little more expensive, it may be better to purchase a name brand model instead.
Also, be careful purchasing scooters on the internet, as many come boxed and require assembly which can be difficult, especially when tuning the engine and getting them to run correctly and efficiently.
Are you considering a scooter? How about a motorcycle? What steps are you taking to greatly reduce your gas budget? Have any tips or recommendations on which scooter to buy? Add a comment!
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