Riding Your Scooter in North Carolina – What You Should Know
North Carolina is one of many sunny states which permit the use of a 50cc scooter as a mode of transportation. The laws and regulations vary by state which is why it is important to become familiar with North Carolina Scooter Laws before taking to the road. The biggest mistake that people make is riding their scooter without following standard rules of the road or the proper regulations set forth by the state. As a result, there are often major accidents involving scooters in the area; some of which have led to death.
First and foremost, scooters follow the same driving rules as traditional automobiles. In North Carolina, you can ride a 50cc scooter as a mode of transportation without a license at the age of 16. It is important to pick up a copy of the state driving manual and become familiar with the rules of the road if you have not taken an official driving test with the department of motor vehicles.
Helmets are required by law for your safety. We carry a full line of full faced helmets in our shop for you to choose from and can special order ones to match your scooter. 50cc scooters are not required to have insurance but it is definitely a good idea. When you are on the road, it is critical to be aware of the traffic around you. Even if you are being the best driver, the other people on the road may be distracted. These distracted drivers are what often cause accidents because they do not see you and your scooter. Insurance rates for scooters are very cheap and average less than $40.00 per month depending on the criteria you choose. Much like car insurance, scooter insurance protects you, your vehicle and the vehicle of the person you are involved with in the accident.
Enhance visibility of yourself by wearing reflective vests or jackets at all times. Even during the hot summer days, it is smart to wear some type of thick road jacket and pants to protect yourself if you get into an accident from road rash. Closed-toed shoes are another must when riding a scooter. It is very easy for dirt and debris to kick up from the cars in front of you and hit your feet or legs leaving scrapes and cuts. Finally, you can increase your ability to see traffic around you by adding 8mm mirror extenders (also available in our shop) to your scooter. The added inch or so in height to your mirrors makes it easier to see traffic to the sides and behind you.
50cc scooters are regulated to only go at a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour. According to North Carolina laws, if your scooter goes faster than 35mpg then it must be registered as a motorcycle which requires a valid driver’s license and registration of the vehicle with the department of motor vehicles.
Stop into Joe’s Scooters at 6136 Carolina Beach Road to learn more about our full selection of scooters, scooter parts and scooter accessories.