Unlike cars or any enclosed vehicle, motorcycle leaves your body exposed to harsh elements and direct impacts of collisions. Severe motorcycle injuries could result because of reckless driving, speeding, or disobedience of traffic laws. That’s why it’s important to stay safe and apply necessary measures when riding a motorcycle.
In this post, you’ll learn some ways to stay safe when driving or riding a motorcycle:
Practice Road Safety and Obey Traffic Rules
Practicing road safety and obeying traffic rules are crucial to road safety. Be aware of the most common and local traffic laws, most especially those that apply to motorcycle riding to avoid accidents. If ever you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, you have to be ready by knowing the types of car accident compensation options there are and by consulting a personal injury lawyer.
Here are some traffic rules and road safety tips when driving a motorcycle:
- Follow the motorcycle lane if you have a local ordinance or state laws in place.
- Always turn your headlight on and put enough space between your motorcycle and other vehicles so you remain visible to the cars or trucks ahead of you. Also, you’ll have some space when you need to maneuver if something happens.
- As much as possible, don’t pass on the right side of other vehicles. When you need to overtake, do it on the left side so the drivers can see you clearly and easily through the left side mirror, which is nearer to the driver’s line of sight. Overtake quickly to reduce the time that you’re in the blind spot of the vehicle.
- Avoid lane splitting or driving between two lanes because the vehicles ahead of you may not notice you and turn inadvertently, blocking your way which leads to a motorcycle accident.
- Always be alert and pay attention to traffic lights. Avoid checking your phone or your motorcycle when the traffic light is red because it may hamper the flow of traffic and might cause an accident.
- Use both the front (more powerful) and rear brakes when braking to avoid wrecking the balance of your motorcycle.
Wear Appropriate Motorcycle Safety Gear
Because of the high risk of accident when riding a motorcycle, it’s crucial to wear the appropriate protective gear to minimize the sustained injuries of a crash. Wear gloves, boots (non-skid), leather clothing (with reflective tape), and a full face helmet.
Here are some good-to-facts about wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle:
- Both the driver and the passenger should wear a full face helmet to protect the head, the brain, and the face because head injuries are high in motorcycle accidents.
- Helmet laws are not the same in all states and countries. In the United States, a full-face helmet has chin guards. In Europe, motorcycle helmets should have a CE mark, which indicates that the helmet conforms to high safety standards.
Regularly Check Your Motorcycle
Always prepare before you ride your motorcycle to ensure that your motorcycle is safe to drive which is as important as following traffic rules and practicing safe riding. Make sure that before you ride your motorcycle, it should be in good working order.
Here are the things you need to check your motorcycle:
- Tires: Inspect for any bulges or cracks, or signs of wear or tear in the treads because low tire pressure or defect could cause a blowout.
- Under the Motorcycle: Check for signs of gas or oil leaks.
- Headlight, Taillights, and Signals: Make sure to test your lights and signals for low and high beams to ensure everything is functioning.
Note: Once you have mounted your motorcycle, check the clutch and throttle to ensure these parts are working smoothly. Also, check and clean your mirrors and test the brakes.
Continuous Practice and Education
When driving a car, you can easily spin your steering wheel and slam the anti-lock brakes when panic strikes. However, a motorcyclist needs to twist the body and find a right balance between steering and braking to avoid a motorcycle crash, vehicle collisions and to avoid flying over or sliding the handlebars. That’s why you need to practice emergency steering and braking in an empty parking lot to train both your body and mind to control the heft of your motorcycle, regardless of the situation.
Like riding a car or enclosed vehicle, you have to follow traffic rules, practice safe driving, and wear protective gear when riding your motorcycle. Always be attentive, focused, and alert at all times because any distraction or failure to obey the road safety tips may cause a motorcycle accident. Enjoy driving and riding a motorcycle by applying the tips mentioned above.