Motorcycle riding is inherently much more dangerous than driving a motor
vehicle, mainly due to the fact that a rider has little to no protection in a
motorcycle accident. For this reason, a motorcycle rider needs to always keep safety and safe
riding practices in mind whenever hitting the road on two wheels. Most
people who ride motorcycles usually have some knowledge of safe behaviors,
but it never hurts to get a quick refresher course.
Here are three essential safety tips that every motorcycle rider should know:
Test yourself safely: In order to avoid a motorcycle accident, a motorcyclist needs to know how
to adeptly maneuver their ride in scenarios where braking just will not
be enough. Since the open road is no place to test out your skills, as
this would endanger others and yourself, you should consider signing up
for a safety course. Many safety courses conducted in controlled environments
will also teach you how to “safely crash,” or how to help
prevent the worst of injuries when a crash is inevitable.
Big blind spots: Every
truck on the road has a series of blind spots big enough to hide another average-sized
vehicle. As a motorcyclist, you have to keep in mind that since your own
vehicle is half or a third the size of a typical car, the blind spot you
can get lost in will be an equal proportion larger. Never linger in the
blind spot of another vehicle if you can help it. Use other ways to increase
your visibility as well, such as wearing bright clothing or keeping the
headlamp of your motorcycle on even during the day.
Turning wheels: Many motorcyclists struggle to anticipate where a car is going to turn
or when it will merge into their lane until the car is already changing
direction. An easy trick to know if a car is moving closer to you –
something that can be difficult to know when racing down the highway side-by-side
– is watching the front tire of the vehicle. You should be able
to distinguish right away if the wheel is turning in one direction or
the other, whereas looking anywhere else will not be as obvious.
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you could still be hit by a negligent motorist driving unpredictably.
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