Top 5 Ways to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle

Sep 2, 2019 by

It’s hard for me not to feel impressed when I see someone zoom past me on a motorcycle. There’s just something cool about someone on a bike. They seem as though they have all of the freedom in the world.

However, I also know how intrinsically dangerous it is to be on a motorcycle. People who ride motorcycles are constantly at a higher risk of a serious accident when compared to those in cars. That’s why there are five major rules anyone on a bike should follow if they want to stay safe.

  • Wear a helmet.

This is hopefully the first thing a new cyclist purchases when they want to start riding a motorcycle. Ideally, they purchase this before they even purchase the bike.

Our heads are the most fragile parts of our bodies. Ask any football player: a concussion can lead to long-term consequences! Collisions with cars are far more dangerous when the victim is on a bike, and failure to wear a helmet will have effects more severe than a concussion.

  • Avoid bad weather whenever possible.

If a car becomes hard to control in a storm, just imagine how unsafe a motorcycle could be! Bikers also have to deal with slippery handles and pedals, and the general discomfort that is associated with being pelted with hail. When the weather looks unstable, pull over and wait for it to pass.

  • Don’t drive recklessly.

In addition to being obnoxious, constantly revving a motorcycle can strain it and make it more likely to flip over. Attempting to do cool tricks like wheelies is only going to end in disaster.

Drive safer than you think you need to. Never text while on your bike- taking one hand off of the handles is nearly impossible as is, and doing so can make your bike swerve in the other direction. Always follow the speed limit and try to avoid slamming on the brakes, as you can end up being launched off of your bike.

  • Stay as defensive as possible.

You might be the best driver you know, and that’s what makes the road so dangerous. A distracted driver can crash into you and seriously injure or kill you.

It’s impossible to predict what will happen on the road. That’s why you have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Always maintain a large following distance and avoid cars that appear to be swerving in and out of their lanes- they’re likely manned by a distracted driver who is completely unaware that you’re next to them.

  • Wear other protective gear.

Helmets are wonderful, but they only protect your head and a small portion of your neck. Your whole body is exposed to the elements when you’re on a bike, so you need to be adequately covered.

Jackets and riding pants can prevent you from burning yourself on hot metal if you’re riding on a summer day. Additionally, they’ll prevent you from being hit by any debris such as gravel or broken glass on the road.

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