Riding a scooter can be scary, especially in Bali! But sometimes, you just don’t have the choice. Scooter is the best way to enjoy Bali, particularly in places with narrow streets such as Kuta or Seminyak. If you are a small group, without toddlers, and you want to discover the area without having to take a driver, renting scooters is ideal. Rental services are plenty, but it’s safest to ask your villa manager to help you get a scooter.
But beware! Bali’s roads can be a bit chaotic, and if you don’t take precautions, you may have bandage marks rather than tan lines when you return from your holiday! Here are our tips to adapt yourself to driving a scooter.
This is the first step! Well, just after the one of renting your scooter, of course! Even if it’s hot and your hairstyle does not pass, riding without a helmet is really taking an unnecessary risk. One fit specifically for your head size and with a visor is definitely optimal!
In fact, this is rather the first step. Before renting your scooter; make sure the brakes are breaking, the lights are lighting and the horn is.. honking. Even if the rental guy says “Do not worry, you will not need the rear brake!” Well.. Better choose another one then!
The best advice given to me when I took the moto out for the first time (at night, during the rain on Sunset Road..)! If you don’t know where to turn, how to pass that car driving at 3km/h.. Just follow the flow of scooters driven by Indonesians: they are used to passing here, follow them!
Do not fall into the popular Balinese trend of “honking before the light turns green”. But still, it’s a great way to make that truck understand that, yes, you’re there, and he is about to cut off your route.
This habit is less trendy among locals, but it’s still worth mentioning that you want to turn. If you have a passenger, he or she can also shake their hand to indicate your direction (known as the “limp wrist”), a little more visible in difficult situations!
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