If you’re like most people, you probably deal with a packed schedule on a daily basis. Now that the cost of fuel is continually on the rise, it’s no wonder that more people are looking for alternative ways to get around in a shorter amount of time. Fortunately, scooters can be a great option to consider. They’re available in both gas and electric varieties, and once you get used to your new mode of transportation, you might find yourself wondering why you waited so long to make the switch.
Getting to Work
Depending on where you live, dealing with traffic might seem like a never-ending battle. An organization called PolitiFact in Georgia ran an ad earlier this spring, mentioning that people who live in the metropolitan Atlanta area could spend more than 250 hours annually just getting to and from work. If you find yourself becoming increasingly frustrated by having to leave your house earlier just to try and beat the rush, there might be a better way.
Although it’s not safe to ride a scooter in traffic as if it were a car, if you live somewhere that has sidewalks, you may have just found your ideal way to get from point A to point B. Also, many scooters come in a folding variety so that even if your workplace doesn’t have a bike rack or other place to keep it secure during the day, you can simply take a few seconds to fold it up before you walk inside your office. An Israeli designer has recently finished up his version of an electric scooter that even has its own carrying handle.
Having More Time for What Matters
Consider that your use of a scooter could actually give you more time to spend with your family and friends, too. Scooters can also give you the chance to experience your world in a different way. When you’re cooped up in a car, you miss out on certain sensations, such as the wind on your face or the scent of flowers in the springtime. Since many of today’s scooters are so portable, you can be versatile and drive to a local nature trail, then get your scooter out of the trunk and go on your way.
Some large cultural festivals even encourage patrons to use scooters to get around, instead of choosing other types of transportation. For example, Burning Man is an art festival
that takes place in Nevada each year near Labor Day weekend. It’s unique because it requires participants to bring everything they’ll need to survive for a week in the desert, learn to live off the land and make friends with other attendees in hopes of acquiring the necessities that they forgot at home.
Festival organizers strongly encourages people to use stand up scooters, and actually forbid any sort of motorized scooter that a person would use while seated. The event site is extremely expansive, and because of the climate, even people who have good physical fitness can find themselves feeling a bit taxed. Since activities go on all day and night, anyone who brings a scooter has a distinct advantage in preserving their stamina.
Whether you’re looking for a way to make your commute less of a hassle, or have more time to do what truly matters, a scooter can help you get around in a more convenient way.
Jeff Kane is a power sports and off-roading enthusiast writing for Kenzie Powersports.