Scooter sales are skyrocketing as people look for a break from high gas prices. Prices range anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000; fuel ratings for gas-powered scooters run 50 miles to the gallon or better. There's a true distinction in size and power; smaller scooters are slower and not as powerful. New larger scooters compare to motorcycles in price and power while still offering a low mileage alternative. Unlike motorcycles, scooters allow drivers to sit upright without throwing a leg over and straddling the seat.

Electric scooters range from the foldup push scooter to a full sit-down model. Unlike gas-powered scooters, electrics are allowed on mass transit, making a commute to the bus stop a little quicker. At a sticker price of $500 or less, they're much cheaper. Electric scooters require four to eight hours of charging and will take drivers about five miles. They travel at approximately 10 miles per hour and can be weak on hills.

Depending on what riders need, scooters can be an excellent way to get across campus or to the train depot. When it comes to the environment, no exhaust means no air pollution. With proper maintenance and operation, battery life spans increase.

Smaller scooters fall under moped regulations, while the bigger scooters are legally considered motorcycles and require a special license endorsement. Drivers should always take care because although driving a scooter is fun, crashing is not. Proper shoes and a helmet should always be worn.

Hybrid scooters are new on the scene and operate using electric batteries and gasoline. Use of a battery reduces gas consumption, and the battery can charge while it's under gas power. The combination allows drivers to switch to electric and access buildings or covered areas where gasoline-powdered scooters aren't allowed. Because they have gas tanks and are larger than electric scooters, transporting them on mass transit isn't an option.

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