Riding a motorcycle is fun and exhilarating, but a motorcycle accident can lead to serious injuries: amputations, head injuries, fractures, etc. You cannot control the behavior of other motorists on the road, but you can observe motorcycle safety tips that can help you avoid an accident, or at least decrease your chances of serious injury.
If you are a new rider, learning these safety tips is vital. Even experienced riders may benefit from the refresher:
1. Wear protective gear
Proper gear is the only thing between you and the road in the event of an accident. The necessary protective gear includes the following:
- Eye protection
- Over-ankle boots
At the very least, you should wear pants, as opposed to shorts, when riding along with a long-sleeved shirt or jacket. Gear made of leather may afford better protection.
2. Watch for turning vehicles
In particular, keep an eye on a stopped vehicle that is about to turn left in front of you. This is one of the most perilous situations that can arise on the road for a motorcycle rider.
3. Optimize visibility
Even under the best conditions, drivers of cars and trucks have difficulty seeing motorcycles. You can make yourself more visible by wearing bright-colored clothing or gear, using reflective decals and running your headlight at all times. You can also take defensive measures such as sounding your horn if necessary and staying out of other vehicles’ blind spots.
4. Be aware of road conditions
Uneven surfaces, high winds, wet roads or sand can all affect how your motorcycle handles. Learn how to react in each of these scenarios. Find out what conditions you are likely to encounter before you set out.
5. Scan your environment
You need to be aware of your surroundings when riding your motorcycle. Watching the road ahead of you is important, but you also need to look to your right and left, check your instruments and mirrors and watch out for other vehicles’ blind spots. Practice this scanning technique, as well as other safety measures, before you start venturing out into heavy traffic.