Scooter as your only means of transportation

Line of scootersIt was bound to happen at some point.  My cage (that’s a car for you non scooter types) got into an accident and I’ll be without it for a week.  A whole week!  What this means is that my scooter will be my only means of transportation until I get my car back.

For some scooterists, this is no big deal.  In fact, I know some people who choose to only use a scooter as their primary means of transport.  But for me, this means I’ll actually have to think about and plan my travel throughout the day. Now, if I want, I can get a rental car and not think twice.  However, it’s not the first time I’ve thought of going to “scooter only” transport.  Knowing that I always had a car for backup probably made me less worried about only using the scooter but that has changed.

How to go scooter only (for at least a week)

Step 1 – Plan your activities

The first thing I have to do is think about what I’ll be doing in the coming week.  Some things are simple like the bank, post office and even the grocery store (depending on how much food I need to get).  Some places are more complicated like Home Depot or the vet.  By no means am I saying one can’t do these things on a scooter, it just requires more planning and in my case, more equipment on my scooter.  I don’t have a trunk so my space is limited.  I’m not fond of riding down the street holding lumber or paint but if I have no other choice, it could still get done.

Step 2 – Find out the weather

The next thing I need to do is find out if it’s going to rain.  Again, this can still get done on a scooter but why make it harder than necessary?  Rain seems to be rather elusive to us in Austin lately so I don’t see this as a problem.  But, like the previous step, I lack certain equipment such as rain gear.  I know, I know, I should always keep rain gear on my scooter but because I’m reluctant to ride in the rain regardless of my car situation, I make do with a light rain coat.  Still, knowing the weather is still a good idea no matter what because I hear in some places it actually snows!

Step 3 – Make sure everything is in good working order

My next step involves something I do anyway but is even more important when there are no other alternatives.  This means checking the tire pressure, oil and gas levels, brakes and any other part of the scooter that could be faulty.  My typical routine is to check the tires (I check tire pressure once a week), brakes, blinkers, gas and readings on the instrument panel.  I also walk around the scooter at the beginning of each day I ride to make sure nothing is close to falling off or might be damaged.  When I start the scooter, I listen to the sound of the engine in case there may be a problem.  This is just good practice no matter what your riding routine.

Even the best plans can have something go wrong.  I’m fortunate that I can work from home if something happened to the scooter or some natural disaster happens to hit Austin in the coming week.  And I do have the option of getting a rental car too.  We’ll see how it goes and hopefully it’s another great adventure.

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