When learning how to ride a scooter I cannot stress enough the importance of being vigilant at all times. I know you’re picturing yourself cruising through the Tuscan hills with not a care in the world, but the reality is you need to be constantly aware, particularly of blind spots (both your own, but perhaps more importantly, others). The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has a strategy they refer to as SEE:
- Search for potential dangers
- Evaluate possible hazards (cars stopping, turning, opening doors, etc.)
- Execute the proper response to avoid danger and ensure your safety
They also emphasize the importance of learning to brake safely. You want to apply both the rear and front brakes at the same time, squeezing firmly, but never slamming them on (which will cause the tires to lock up and skid).