Driving a scooter is a way of life. If you have lived in Bali for a long time, you will realize that using a scooter is a must for transportation. Apart from cost-efficient, using a scooter also saves time especially if you want to explore the small streets of Bali. Compared to order and pay a taxi or driving online and also there will be a red zone
for online drivers, it will be complicated if you always depend on online transport. Learning to drive a scooter in Bali will be one thing to do, either you learn by yourself, or you took a lesson from the expert. Here are several tips for you to learn to drive a scooter!
- First of all, get to know what kind of scooter you will use! It is important to know what your scooter is capable of. Such as the characteristics of the scooter or the speed ranges they have.
- Drive with a license. If you are a tourist, do not forget to bring your international driver’s license (you can get this one ini your own country before you go to Bali) or it might be easier for you to get a tourist driver’s license (ask your Balinese friend or the guesthouse where the police station is because you can get this license only in the police station in Denpasar).
- Next, do not forget to use a helmet! Some of you probably hate this one because of the heat, or it might damage your hair with sweat inside. But still, safety first! (do not make this trip become your worst vacation just because you hate wearing helmets okay?) Also, be aware that some of the police are slick enough to stop you in the road and expect a bribe from you.
- Drive on the left, pass on the right. It is safer to overtake on the right, moreover if you are newbies. Furthermore, to make it easier you can follow what locals do when they drive or try to overtake the road because the locals definitely have more experiences than you.
- Last but not least, honking is permitted. Use the horn as the signal that you are going to overtake the road. You can also use it as a sign that you are coming especially when it comes to a quiet road or when there is a sharp turn. (but remember, do it wisely!)
If you have never driven a scooter before, you might need some time to adapt. However, practice makes perfect, right? Do not give up on learning to ride a scooter, you might fall and get bruises for some time but it will all be worth it. Your life will be easier! And do not forget these unwritten rules “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE“ and don’t forget to obey all the rules. Stay safe and you are ready to explore!