Motorcycles Safety Tips

One undeniable fact about motorcycle riding is that it is not as safe as riding a car. Motorcycles can run as fast as most cars but they lack some safety features. Cars have exterior frames that provide added protection to passengers in cases of collisions, but motorcycles don’t. Instead, the entire force of a collision is borne directly by the rider and the motorcycle. Motorcycles also don’t have seatbelts and airbags, thereby increasing the risk of fatality during motorcycle accidents. And finally, two wheels are less stable than four wheels.

Nonetheless, the disadvantages of a motorcycle riding over riding a car do not stop motorcycle enthusiasts from enjoying their bikes. Two-wheeled vehicles may have inherent risks but there are also guidelines that riders can and should apply to have a safer riding experience.

 

1. Educate yourself about motorcycle safety.

Most states require riders to take a course on motorcycle safety as a requirement for getting a license. Basically, you will be taught among others about safety laws on traffic, how to avoid accidents, and how to maintain your motorcycle. If your state does not require this, make the initiative to enroll in this kind of class because it is really helpful.

2. Check your motorcycle.

Before you start biking, be sure to check your motorcycle if it is road-safe. Check its brakes, lights, horns, and signal lights to make sure that they are working properly. Check also its tires if they are properly inflated. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by underinflated tires and worn-out brakes, and a quick check on these crucial parts can lower your risk of meeting an accident.

3. Check the weather.

Riding a motorcycle under heavy rain is very risky and it can hurt you. Your visibility will be compromised and you will have less traction to prevent skidding. When preparing for a ride, check the weather condition first. If heavy rain or snow is predicted, better postpone your trip or ride a car instead.

4. Wear protective gear.

In place of seatbelts, there are protective gears that can protect car riders in case of accidents. These include helmet, shoes, pants and sturdy shoes.

5. Watch out for road hazards.

Wet leaves, pebbles, bumps and potholes are just some of the hazards that may cause your bike to slide or skid and lose control. If there is no way to avoid them, slow down your speed to make maneuvering more manageable.

6. Don’t overestimate your skill.

If your friends can ride super-fast in curvy roads and squeeze in and out of traffic, don’t follow them if you are still a beginner. Motorcycle riding requires skill that are acquired overtime and not in one day. If you force yourself to go beyond your skill, you may end up in an accident.

7. Be a defensive driver.

Don’t tailgate and keep an eye on other vehicles around you. Keep an eye on speeding cars and those that are constantly changing lanes. Keep distance from them.

8. Avoid distractions.

Be constantly alert and focus your eyes on the road. Don’t entertain calls or texts especially when you are the driver. Even just a few seconds of distraction can cause a fatal accident.

9. Keep distance.

Most motorcycle riders think that they need less distance from the vehicle in front them because motorcycles are smaller and lighter. This is entirely false. The braking ability of a four-wheel vehicle is physically greater than that of a two-wheeler. The same principle applies for cars following trucks and other bigger vehicles. Keeping a safe and farther distance is always best.

10. Educate your passenger.

If you are to carry a passenger, be sure to tell him or her to wear safety gear as well. Also, remind your passenger not to cause any distractions while you are driving.

These safety tips are not too much to follow, yet can save your life. Be sure to keep them in mind if you like motorcycle riding.

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