Are you interested in riding a motorcycle? Are you already a motorcycle riding enthusiast? Either way, you need to be aware of the ways you can help yourself and others stay safe on the road when riding a motorcycle. Motorcyclists are in particular danger out there as they lack the standard cover and safety features of other vehicles. This is why motorcycle riders are exceptionally vulnerable to sustaining catastrophic injuries if involved in an accident.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
Some of the best ways motorcyclists can stay safer on the road should happen before a rider even takes the bike out for a spin. For instance, regular maintenance checks to make sure the bike is fully operational are important to stay safe. Brake checks and tire checks are particularly important and should be checked before the bike is taken out for a ride.
If you are new to motorcycle riding or have not done it in a while, consider taking a refresher course on motorcycle safety before you start making full use of your bike on the road. These refresher courses can reorient you with the basics and make you feel more comfortable and confident when riding your bike.
You should also take care to mindfully dress before riding your motorcycle. This means that you will need a helmet. Helmets can provide you with crucial protection against sustaining life-threatening head injuries in the event of an accident. You should also be sure you have durable clothing covering your body. Pants and long sleeves can help guard against road rash which occurs when a rider’s skin makes contact with the road in an accident and the friction causes skin abrasions. Additionally, you should consider wearing bright clothing and/or clothing with reflective strips. Motorcycles, due to their size, are difficult enough for other drivers to see them. Increasing visibility can help prevent crashes.
It is also important to always follow the rules of the road. Motorcycles are subject to the same laws as cars and other vehicles. Observe traffic signals and speed limits. Also, being a defensive driver can greatly increase your chances of staying safe on the road. While cars should be giving you space, you should also be giving them space. Anticipate unsafe maneuvers by other drivers when you can. Act as though that car with its turn signal to change lanes does not see you and get out of its path. Wait an extra moment when a light turns from red to green before you enter an intersection to avoid any last-minute cars trying to run the red light in the cross street.
Other motorcycle safety tips include mapping out your driving route before you head out so that you are familiar with where you are going and can avoid higher-volume streets. Also, if you can avoid riding at night or in inclement weather, that is always preferable. Last, but certainly not least, never drink and drive.
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