50cc mopeds are quite often the first bikes that teenagers buy and because of this, they are often more prone to accidents. If you are a new rider, please read this article on the basics of riding style and avoid becoming one of the accident statistics.
Use them. It may come as a surprise to you if you are new to this, but you need to check your mirrors about every five seconds. This is because five seconds is long enough for a thundering truck or coach to bear down on you from behind. Because 50cc mopeds are noisier than many bigger bikes, you are unlikely to hear the vehicle approaching and the first you will know about it is when it thunders past about six inches from your tottering moped. As well as the five-second checks, also do extra mirror checks when you are about to commence a maneuver such as turning, changing position on the road, stopping and setting off.
The “Life Saver”
This is a glance over the shoulder into the blind spot where the mirror cannot see. You need to do a life saver whenever you are about to change direction, stop or set off, just after the mirror check and signaling, and before the actual maneuver. This is especially relevant to 50cc mopeds because, with your speed limited to 50kph, you are much more likely to encounter faster moving vehicles speeding into that blind spot without you seeing them, especially if you are not in the habit of checking your mirrors!
One of the nice things about 50cc mopeds is that, because they can’t go as fast as, say 125cc mopeds, you have more time and more chance to assess developing hazards. The hazard perception test is now a part of the bike test in the UK (in case you didn’t know, dear learner-rider), so if you’ve just passed your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) and you’re on the road, then you need to practice your hazard perception skills, not just for your test but for your own good. Watch out for things on the road ahead that are moving, or that could move, in such a way that could be a hazard to you. For example, a car waiting to pull out. Has the driver seen you? Are you SURE? Will that child running towards the zebra crossing continue running right across it just as you reach it? It’s all about being aware of potential danger; things that MAY happen.
This is but a quick overview of hazard perception for riders of 50cc mopeds. You will need to know a lot more than this in order to stay safe if you are new to riding.