Benefits of Riding a Scooter in London
London is one of the busiest cities in the world and at times can be a veritable hell for drivers. It’s massively frustrating when getting home or to work takes hours longer than expected due to excessive road works and congestion. It’s of no wonder that people are trading in their cars for more mobile, cost efficient modes of transport, such as scooters. The advantages of owning a scooter don’t stop at beating the traffic, however.
Parking in and around London can be extremely difficult and time consuming, with car owners having to choose between searching for elusive parking spots or spending extortionate amounts in car parks (as much as £20 an hour). Scooter owners on the other hand can find parking spots with little effort and at little cost, squeezing into small spaces or using motorcycle bays that in some cases are free of charge. More and more office buildings provide free parking options for people who get to work on vehicles of the two-wheeled variety.
With a scooter you can be a lot more flexible; making avoiding or getting through heavily congested areas much easier.
One of the main perks of using a scooter in London is that you can avoid the congestion charge. With a month’s pre-paid congestion charge costing £250, using a scooter which is exempt from the congestion charge, is a great money saving technique for travelling in central London.
Scooters have much smaller engines than cars, meaning that the running costs are much less. Your average 125cc scooter will only cost 10p per mile to run, meaning you can cover great distances at very little cost. The fact that both scooter insurance and bike insurance are significantly cheaper than car insurance means using a scooter in and around London is one of the best ways to save money. If you consider that a yearly Oyster card costs more than a thousand pounds, you can practically buy, insure and run a cheap scooter for the same price, and avoid the horrible commutes and stressful waits in the process.
Using a scooter to get around London is a great way to see the city and a fantastic way to travel around during the summer, avoiding stuffy buses and trains. Zipping through London’s streets while your fellow man and woman suffer in the cars and buses clogging up the streets is a great way to fall back in love with one of the world’s greatest cities.
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