Leaving school and getting your GCSE results might be some of the most momentous occasions of being a 16-year-old in Britain.
Although getting behind the wheel of the car may still be a year away, many 16-year-olds will be eager to get on the road on a scooter.
If your teenager is excited to get some more freedom and wants to ride a scooter, here are our tips on how to prepare them to get on the road.
Apply for a provisional license
You can apply for a provision license up to three months before your 16th birthday. If you are aware your teenager wants to get on the road as soon as possible, make sure you apply in advance.
Provisional licenses also double up as a good form of identification and they’re much cheaper to replace than passports if they get lost.
Complete the compulsory basic training
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is required for all moped users before they hit the road and before they pass their full test.
There are many requirements that CBT passed scooter riders have to comply with, so it is important to check these beforehand to ensure your teenager is compliant with UK law.
Get the right insurance
Drivers on UK roads are legally required to have insurance for their vehicle to protect them and others if an accident occurs.
Protect your teenager and their scooter by taking out comprehensive scooter insurance before they head out on their adventures.
Make sure they are protected
Protective equipment is essential when riding a scooter or motorcycle, and it is important that your 16-year-old is well protected.
Invest in an approved scooter helmet that has been rigorously tested for road safety. You might also want to buy protective clothing to mitigate any potential harm.
Ensure the Scooter is mechanically sound
Most first-time moped riders will buy a second-hand scooter initially, but it’s important not to compromise on quality.
Ensure the scooter you or your teenager buys is mechanically sound and passes its MOT before you buy it and set them off on the road.
Get them to brush up on the highway code
It is important that your teenager is familiar with the code before they get on the road, for everyone’s safety.
Try not to worry too much
As a parent, you will undoubtedly be concerned about your 16-year-old getting out on their new scooter.
Give your child all the knowledge and skills they need to be safe on the road and try not to worry too much.