Top 10 Safety Tips for Riding Motorcycles
Motorcycles are inherently more vulnerable than cars. They lack certain safety features, such as an exterior frame, seatbelts, and are generally not as stable as cars. That does not mean you should retire your motorcycle or trade it for a car. There are many things motorcycle drivers can do to ensure their safety while enjoying their ride.
- Take a Motorcycle Safety Course: In some states, this is actually a requirement, but even if it is not, a safety course is something all motorcyclists can benefit from. This class will teach you about traffic safety laws that apply to motorcycles in your specific state and it will give you a chance to test out your skills in a controlled environment. Some dealerships even offer these courses, for which customers might also receive a discount.
- Appropriate Gear: Shorts are not appropriate for riding a motorcycle. You are exposed and vulnerable on a motorcycle and should wear something that can protect your body in a crash. Leather gear is protective, but plenty of companies offer motorcycle gear that is made from other lightweight, breathable material that also provide protection.
- Protect Your Feet: This is along the same lines as wearing appropriate gear. Wearing flip-flops on a motorcycle is not something you want to do. Shifting gears on a bike in open-toed shoes will become painful. Instead, you will want to opt for sturdier shoes.
- Ride within Your Skills: If you are an amateur motorcyclist, it can be dangerous to push beyond the boundaries of your current set of skills. You might see others weaving in and out of traffic, and may be tempted to do the same, but take the time to develop your skills before trying any advanced maneuvers.
- No Distractions: This goes for anyone on the road. Distracted driving is dangerous and is even worse while on a bike. Your response time to emergencies will be compromised if your attention is anywhere other than on the road.
- Leave Space: Although bikes are smaller, lighter, and need less space to stop and maneuver, you should still leave enough space to stop. Leaving enough space will allow for an escape route if you cannot stop in time.
- Pay Attention to the Weather: Given that motorcycles only have two wheels, they have less traction than cars, making it riskier for them to drive in the rain than cars. If there is heavy rain, snow, or ice, avoid riding your bike. However, if you must, go slowly and leave space for stopping.
- Keep Your Passengers Safe: Having a passenger wrap their arms around as you ride on your motorcycle can be fun, but you should also make sure they are safe. They need to wear appropriate gear just as much as you do to stay safe.
- Wear a Helmet: Perhaps this is an extension of appropriate gear, but a helmet is so crucial that it deserves to have its own place here on the list. You cannot just wear any helmet; you need the right helmet. Make sure it fits properly and that it does not obstruct your vision.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Motorcycles are not easy for other drivers to see. In fact, drivers often fail to see motorcyclists, resulting in fatal accidents. They should be more aware of your presence on the road, but you should also look out for them and stay out of their blind spots. Assuming that other drivers see you is a terrible mistake to make.
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