One of the most popular tourist activities in Hawaii is viewing the beautiful islands on a moped. Few things compare to the experience of seeing the breathtaking landscape for the first time while the wind blows through your hair. However, for those unfamiliar with either mopeds or the roads of Hawaii, this attractive activity can turn highly dangerous.
People from all over the world rent mopeds to drive around Hawaii. However, many of them have never driven a moped before. What many people don’t realize is that a moped does not handle higher speeds as well as regular motorcycles and automobiles. A great danger is thereby created by people thinking that as long as they are going the speed limit, they are safe and can easily control the moped. This however may not be true, especially on roads with higher speed limits.
Another danger is created by the very beauty of the islands themselves. One of the reasons that mopeds are so attractive to tourists is that they allow for better views of the island, the beaches, and the ocean. However, these attractions are also distractions for many drivers. As drivers are viewing the surrounding beauty, they often aren’t watching the road. This leads many drivers to either cross over the center line or drift off of the road. This may result in a crash, causing severe injuries or even death.
If you are considering traveling around Hawaii on a moped, here are some safety tips to follow:
Maintain a speed that is safe for mopeds (even if the speed limit is higher)
Refrain from getting distracted by the scenery
Always wear a helmet
Familiarize yourself with the moped prior to driving on highways
Experiencing the beauty of Hawaii on a moped is an amazing experience, and, while most people do it without injury, it remains a potentially dangerous activity. If you or someone you love has had the misfortune of being injured while driving a moped on the islands, contact an experienced Hawaii personal injury attorney who can help you receive the compensation you deserve.