Top 10 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are an iconic fixture on the highways, with their speed and unique beauty, but they are simply not as safe as cars. Without an exterior frame to absorb the force of a crash, or the stability of four wheels, motorcyclists lack some of the protections other drivers benefit from. Of course, that does not mean you should retire your favorite ride. Instead, motorcyclists should be aware of safety precautions and how to protect yourself and avoid accidents.
- Take a Motorcycle Safety Course – To get your motorcycle license, most states require a skills test. Some will even require a safety course, but even if your state does not require it, taking a safety course is still a great idea, and can teach you how to respond to emergency situations that may arise on the road.
- Wear Proper Attire – You are not as protected on a motorcycle as you are in a car, so wearing the right clothing is important. Shorts and a T-shirt will make you more vulnerable than you already are, so invest in more protective attire. Leather is an excellent way to protect your skin, but if that is not your aesthetic, plenty of companies sell clothing made of lightweight, breathable material.
- Ride Within Your Skills – If you are not an advanced motorcyclist, do not try to emulate one. It takes time to develop your skill level and trying out advanced maneuvers can lead to a terrible accident.
- No Distractions – Distracted driving is dangerous for anyone, no matter what you are driving. However, accidents tend to be more disastrous for motorcyclists, so keep your attention on the road to avoid putting yourself at risk.
- Leave Space – Although motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and need less space to stop, you should still maintain proper distance. A fender bender is usually not a big deal for cars, can be disastrous for a motorcyclists. Always have an escape route and always leave space.
- Consider the Weather – Driving in heavy rain or snow on a bike is exponentially more dangerous than if you were in a car. Given that a bike has only two wheels, it will have less traction and, without windshield wipers, visibility may likely be an issue. Try not to ride in such extreme weather or, if you must, be extra cautious and go slowly.
- Watch out for Other Vehicles – This is particularly important when you are at an intersection. One of the most common accidents occurs when a left-turning vehicle hits a motorcyclist. Given the smaller size of a motorcycle, it is easy to get lost in the blind spot of an automobile, so keep your eyes open and look twice.
- Be Visible – Drivers should keep an eye out for motorcycles, but it is not an assumption you should ever make, so try to do all that you can to make sure that you are visible. Part of proper gear includes reflecting clothes, particularly if you are driving at night. You should also ride in a lane where other drivers can easily see you and avoid staying within a driver’s blind spot.
- Road Hazards – Of course, road hazards should be avoided by all drivers, but what may seem insignificant in a car, can be dangerous to a biker. Slow down as much as possible and try not to steer too much should you encounter a road hazard.
- Passenger Safety – One of the appeals of riding a motorcycle is having a passenger wrap their arms around you. However, you should make sure that you are comfortable driving with a passenger. Additionally, your passenger should also be educated on motorcycle safety and wear appropriate safety gear as well.
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