One of the greatest ways to explore a foreign country, especially Greece is on two wheels. Having the freedom to go where you want, when you want is a great feeling. It can also save on transport in the long run!
Unfortunately not everyone who decides that they are up for renting a scooter or motorbike is equipped with the required experience or knowledge. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Everyone has to learn somehow. But before you take off on that exciting adventure, be sure to do your homework!
We have compiled a great list of tips and advice for the first-time rider on our new vehicle fleet. Before renting a scooter or motorbike…
- Get a licence. Travel insurers won’t payout if you have an accident but don’t have a licence.
- Alcohol and motorbikes don’t mix.
- Get a bike based on your ability rather than your ambition.
- ATTGATT – All The Gear All The Time. Protective gear will help to minimize injury in a crash.
- Constantly scan the road looking for hazards like entering traffic, pedestrians, animals etc
- Cover your brakes. Be ready to stop.
- When riding in traffic drop a gear. If you need to speed up you’ll be ready.
- Check the road surface. Oil, diesel, debris, potholes, ice, water
- Plan escape routes. When riding in traffic always have a way out.
- Own your lane. Ride in a position that other drivers wont try to squeeze you out.
- Make yourself seen. Wear light colored clothing. If it is legal turn on your headlight. Make eye contact with drivers.
- Ensure your indicators are off after every turn.
- Get clear of traffic. At traffic lights work your way to the front of traffic and use your power to get ahead of cars into clear road.
- Mirrors and head checks. Constantly check on your surroundings.
- When changing lanes, MILO: Mirrors, Indicators, Look, Over
- Don’t get yourself between vehicles and exit ramps. Move into a position so that you’ll avoid cars that change lanes at the last minute.
- Use larger vehicles as cover. When crossing intersections, roundabouts use other vehicles as protection.
- Coming into corners select the right gear, come wide so that you can open your line of vision and as you round the apex turn sharper so that you avoid oncoming traffic which maybe cutting the corner.
- Use the Internet to get motorcycle tips. Even if you’re an experienced rider a fresh perspective is always welcome.
- Enjoy your ride, but stay safe to ride another day.Now that you know some great tips on renting a scooter or motorbike, don’t be afraid to go out and explore Paros Island on two wheels! It could become the greatest adventure you have ever undertaken.