Should You Scoot At Night?

As the nights get longer and many children head to school just as the sun is rising, one of the biggest questions parents and kids ask is whether it is safe to ride a bike or use a scooter when it is dark outside.

There is quite a lot of debate about this and whilst you obviously can scoot anywhere where you have a gentle slope or flat road to push off on, there are a lot of factors that can make them a bit more of a headache to ride when the sun goes down.

With that in mind, here is both the case against and the case for a scoot at night.

Why You Should Not Scoot At Night

Scooting is at its absolute best during a warm day, as you can push off on a solid, predictable stretch of path, feel the wind rush against you and travel as fast or as slow as you like knowing that you can stop with the brake whenever you want.

Night scooting is far less predictable for several reasons, and because of this, it can be a bit less enjoyable.

The first and most obvious is that it is dark, which means you need to fit additional lights onto your scooter to see and to be seen, as well as wear reflective clothing.

As well as this, night time temperatures are almost always colder, and there is often a lot of rain, ice and snow on winter nights, meaning that the brake has to work harder to slow you down.

Because of this, a scoot in the dark is more trouble than it is worth.

Why You Should go Scooting At Night

If you know the area where you are going scooting very well, that in combination with the lights on your scooter and street lights should help to keep you safe.

Most safety tips for a scoot at night are often how people should be going scooting during the day as well. Wearing a helmet, fitting lights and reflective clothing is generally good advice when riding near a road whether you are riding at night or during the day.

Light Up the Night

One of the coolest things about a scoot at night is the opportunity to light up the night sky. Many scooters come equipped with LED lights that not only make you more visible to others but also add a touch of magic to your ride. You'll feel like you're cruising through a neon wonderland, leaving a trail of stardust in your wake.

4. Nighttime Scoot Adventures

There's something undeniably adventurous about exploring the world after dark. The streets take on a whole new vibe, and you never know what hidden gems you might stumble upon. Whether it's discovering a charming café, stumbling upon a street performer, or simply enjoying the peacefulness of the night, a scoot at night opens up a world of nocturnal wonders.

5. Embrace Your Inner Night Owl

Are you a night owl who thrives in the darkness? Well, scooting at night is the perfect way to embrace your nocturnal nature. Instead of fighting against the urge to stay up late, hop on your scooter and let the moonlight guide your way. It's like a secret club for night-loving adventurers, and you're the VIP!

So, there you have it! Scooting at night is not only a thrilling and magical experience, but it also comes with a whole bunch of benefits. From beating the heat to embracing your inner night owl, there's no shortage of reasons to grab your scooter and hit the streets after dark. So, what are you waiting for? The night is calling, and your scooter is ready to roll!

As well as this, typically a child is not going to be scooting at night unsupervised, and so if a parent is there to take care of them, light up any dark parts of the road and help them to cross roads safely.

Whilst there is less overall visibility, most other people on the road or the pavement will have lights on so it will be easy to see bikes and cars coming because they will have their lights shining brightly.

Finally, there are different levels of night, and most children will be scooting during the first and last part of the night when the sun is either rising or setting. 

This is not when the night is at its darkest, and because of this, people will be able to see a bit more than they think, especially if they have lights on and are wearing clothing that makes them easier to see.

If you follow this advice, other general scooter safety tips like not riding with anything dangling on the handlebars and not wearing baggy clothes, and riding more slowly and cautiously than usual, you should be safe.

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