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Light Electric Vehicle Courtesy and Rules of the Road
(as pertains to the HCF-305):
- Do not travel on main, busy thoroughfares, unless they have bike lanes.
You will be quickly pulled over and cited by local law enforcement for violating this rule.
- The HCF-305 light electric vehicle is expected to stop at all
stoplights and stop signs, and to use turn signals in advance of all turns.
- The HCF-305 must
yield to pedestrians in all circumstances.
- Keep to quiet backroads and neighborhood streets whenever possible,
briefly crossing main thoroughfares only at stoplight and stopsign intersections.
- It's ok to drive
the HCF-305 on bike lanes, but not on bike paths and not on foot trails.
- Do not drive on sidewalks.
- It is ok to park your HCF-305, in certain situations, on some wide, and
open, sidewalks, but always dismount and push your HCF-305, onto the sidewalk and into an appropriate parking place, using
the utmost courtesy and consideration to pedestrians.
- In crowded parking lots, it's usually better to park your HCF-305
on the sidewalk, if appropriate, since occupying a full-size auto parking space has proven quite irritating to motorists who
have desperately circled through the parking lot to an "open" space they've spotted, only to find the entire space taken by
a tiny, odd, HCF-305 vehicle.
- It's not yet known
if it's appropriate to park your HCF-305 in spaces reserved for motorcycles, in most towns. Stay posted.
- If you plan to install the newer, brighter LED headlight(s)
on your vehicle, be sure to carefully adjust the beam(s) to fully illuminate the road ahead, and then carefully adjust the
headlight(s) to angle slightly down. This will provide better illumination of the critical, immediate road surface ahead
of the vehicle, but also position the light so as not to blind oncoming motorists. LED lights, while adequately bright, with
low current drain, can be quite painful to view straight-on (try it for yourself) and a slight downward angle will serve much
better for the unique 12-14mph nighttime driving situations.
- Always throttle back when cruising through busy parking lots
and shopping areas with heavy foot traffic. The HCF-305, at full cruising speed, is inappropriate in these situations and
- Drinking and driving -even "buzzed" driving, is illegal in some states, on the HCF-305.
Even sipping on a beer while doing maintenance and tinkering on an HCF-305, while parked in your own driveway, is
technically illegal in many states, as it is still viewed as "... being in full control of a motor vehicle while
intoxicated...". Most of you have already noticed that driving the HCF-305 requires just as much concentration as driving
a full size motor vehicle anyway.
- High performance electric mobility scooters are a relatively new mode
of transportation and as such, from a legislative point of view, they remain largely undefined. So far, in many municipalities,
law enforcement is taking a watchful waiting attitude towards the HCF-305 class of light electric vehicles. For now, no registration,
no license, and no insurance is required, as long as the vehicle is driven by an adult who already has a motor vehicle drivers
license. But that may change. And if so, it would be because of dangerous and irresponsible acts on the part of light electric