Riding a motorcycle comes with its own inherent dangers. Moreover, the NHTSA or National Highway Traffic Safety reported that as much as 80 percent of motorcycle crashes end in injury or death. This makes it all the more important for motorcycle riders to exercise caution and practice safety riding habits whenever they are on the road.
As a general rule, if you are a new motorcycle rider it is best if you acquire a motorcycle safety course first, and even the experienced drivers can benefit from taking refresher safety courses. Every rider should also know the importance of gearing up for protection while riding a motorcycle. Wearing helmets, protective gloves, eye protection, long pants and suits and boots that cover your ankles do more than significantly reducing serious risks of crash injuries. They can also give you more visibility, as in the bright colors on your helmet or suit, so that car drivers can easily spot you to help avoid potential collisions.
Below are additional tips on how you can avoid motorcycle accidents:
- Do all that you can to be seen.
Wear bright-colored jackets or suits and add reflectors on your bike to make it easier for other drivers to see you. Sure, black leather jackets can be cool but wearing bright-colored jacket can save your life when you’re on a motorcycle. Use your headlights and ride in road sections where you will be most visible to other drivers.
- Avoid distractions.
Be alert when you’re on the road. Don’t use your cellphone while driving.
- Don’t drink and drive.
Driving under the influence of alcohol increases your risk to motorcycle accidents to up to 40 percent. Driving and booze simply don’t mix, it’s that simple.
- Don’t overspeed.
While it can be tempting to ride fast on your motorcycle, following the speed limit and slowing down can go a long way in avoiding motorcycle crashes.
- Stay right next to a car’s front fender – not out ahead or behind them.
This is to ensure that you are not the driver’s blind spots especially when you go through an intersection in a cross-traffic situation.
- Be particularly cautious whenever you are approaching an intersection.
Did you know that a huge number of motorcycle crashes happen at intersections? Motorcyclists hit by cars turning left on them is one of the most common collision incidents, so always keep an eye on the blinkers and signals of an approaching car specially as you reach an intersection.
- Be aware about blind spots and check your mirrors at regular intervals.
- Watch out for any road obstructions.
Road obstructions including rocks, uneven surface, puddles of water, oil spills and other debris are motorcycle crashes contributors. Always drive in reasonable speed and keep an eye for road obstructions so you can avoid them.
- Riding between cars in traffic is a recipe for disaster.
It may seem like a good way to cut traffic time, but riding between cars in an active lane or parked traffic is like calling for accidents to happen. This exposes you to a lot of dangers including getting sandwiched by other cars or getting hit by someone suddenly opening their car door in front you.
- Ride smoothly as you approach tight turns.
Avoid riding too fast and turning quickly through tight turns, otherwise the next thing you’ll know you’re already flying off the road.