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To think a 29 year old female would not get laughed at

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MadamePeacock Fri 30-Sep-16 11:41:02

My friend is 29 and can't drive. She struggles with spacial awareness and is never likely to learn to drive yet she lives on her own in a small town with rubbish public transport. I've suggested to her that she gets a moped/scooter but she thinks she'll get laughed at as they are for 16 year old boys not 29 year old women.

What do you think? SIBU isn't she?

Helmetbymidnight Fri 30-Sep-16 11:42:20

Of course she is.

She's going to find life very hard if she lets what she thinks other people think stand in the way of doing what she wants.

BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Fri 30-Sep-16 11:43:15

She should nip over to Rome and take a look at all the ultra cool guys and gals (of all ages) nipping about on their scooters.

SpeckledyBanana Fri 30-Sep-16 11:43:30


I loved my scooter. I plan to get another one when the DCs don't need me to drive them around anymore.

Justaboy Fri 30-Sep-16 11:43:41

She's probably quite sensible as I'd not use a scooter or moped these days having a need for several feet of crushable metal around me;!.

More sensibly has she tried seeking out the right sort of instructor to asses her driving capabilities at all?.

Lweji Fri 30-Sep-16 11:43:50

Yes, she is.

But it might be dangerous for her.

Batteriesallgone Fri 30-Sep-16 11:44:00

If she struggles with spatial awareness won't she be quite vulnerable on a moped?

I don't think she'd be laughed at. Round here scooters are mostly ridden by middle aged women, so she'd be considered a bit young if anything.

Ausernotanumber Fri 30-Sep-16 11:44:35

Spatial awareness she will be much worse on a moped

crayfish Fri 30-Sep-16 11:45:16

Of course she won't get laughed at. I've got loads of scootery friends (mods) who are in their 50s and they are some of the coolest people I know. I am a driving phobic so know how she feels and if I could scooter then I totally would (I can't because I've got a baby, but I cycled most places before that), tell he to ignore other people and remember that most other people are always too worried about their own lives to bother with what anyone else is doing.

PrincessOG16 Fri 30-Sep-16 11:48:48

If she can't judge she shouldn't be on the road.

PatMullins Fri 30-Sep-16 11:51:03

Wouldn't recommend a moped for someone with no spatial awareness

FlyingElbows Fri 30-Sep-16 11:52:28

Tbh I think if she genuinely has problems with spatial awareness then she could be a real risk to herself and other drivers if she were on a scooter. Positioning yourself safely on the road is a very important part of bike riding.

passingthrough1 Fri 30-Sep-16 11:52:55

I find driving terrifying so don't do it at all (I do have s licence though) but I'd rather drive a car than a moped.

Thejubremonyatthelibrary Fri 30-Sep-16 11:52:56

No way! I have a v. stylish scooter and get a lot of compliments, not piss-taking It's a cheap and nippy way to get around. I love it. Plus, if you are over a certain age (24 I think) you can ride a 125 so she won't end up on those shit mopeds that seem to go on 5mph. I go around on mine on an average of 30-50mph, but it could go at 60. To be honest, I've never ridden it as fast as it could go because I'd probably just freak out and end up in intensive care. But it's capable of really moving.

Thejubremonyatthelibrary Fri 30-Sep-16 11:57:19

Btw - if her spacial awareness is too dangerous for her to on the road, she won't pass her CBT - the compulsory basic training certificate that you need to be road legal. It's not a test, it's training but instructors can and do refuse to give people certificates at the end of the training day if they don't think they are up to it.

With mine, I bought my scooter two months before I did my CBT and then practiced on private country tracks until I knew how to use it properly. Then I went for the CBT. She can focus on her spacial awareness more if she's not trying to remember where the brake is etc.

MetalMidget Fri 30-Sep-16 11:58:03

I had a 110cc scooter, despite also having a driving license and a car. I've been driving since I was 18, got the scooter when I was 33! It was awesome for getting to and from work, brilliant for popping into town - parking was much easier.

Sadly it was nicked, and I didn't replace it because by the time the insurance came through I was pregnant.

Olddear Fri 30-Sep-16 11:59:37

No spatial awareness is no spatial awareness whatever you drive surely?

EveOnline2016 Fri 30-Sep-16 12:02:42

I have been a cat driver for 12 years, I still wouldn't get on a moped or motorbike.

EveOnline2016 Fri 30-Sep-16 12:03:12

Cat driver is car driver lol

Purplebluebird Fri 30-Sep-16 12:03:54

I think with no spatial awareness it's probably safer to not drive. Nobody will laugh at her on a scooter/moped etc, but she will be less safe than in a car.

Purplebluebird Fri 30-Sep-16 12:04:52

Spatial? Spacial even.

PatriciaHolm Fri 30-Sep-16 12:05:25

She'll be far more vulnerable on a scooter. I have a motorbike license and really wouldn't recommend a bike or moped for someone with spacial awareness issues.

seven201 Fri 30-Sep-16 12:08:18

I don't see how a moped will solve the spatial awareness issue. But she wouldn't look silly.

HunterHearstHelmsley Fri 30-Sep-16 12:09:05

Purple you were right first time

Justaboy Fri 30-Sep-16 12:11:33

EveOnline2016 ! visions of you i a chariot on a mammoth tiger there;!

I think best bet is a good driving instructor on an off road circuit, they do exist and some capability assesments!

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