Motorcycles are popular, both as a primary mode of transportation and recreationally. On the road, motorcyclists deserve the same level of respect as other drivers. However, the small size of motorcycles and the absence of the safety measures of larger automobiles, accidents that involve motorcycles are usually more devastating to their riders and passengers.
In comparison to passenger vehicles, motorcyclists face more danger on roads. Every year, billions of dollars are attributed to motorcycle accidents, including damages such as loss of productivity, medical expenses, property damage, legal expenses, and pain and suffering.
Regardless of whether you own and operate a motorcycle or wish to safeguard people who do, there are various ways to respect motorcyclists on the road and prevent catastrophic accidents. These include:
Maintain Your Motorcycle in Top Condition
It is essential to check the pressure in both the tires before operating your motorcycle. You should ensure that the headlights, signal indicators, hand and foot brakes, and fluid levels are in optimal condition. Also, look under the motorcycle for any gas or oil leaks. The suspension and tire pressure should be adjusted for extra weight as well.
In case a passenger is riding with you, ensure that they mount the motorcycle only after you have started the engine. The passenger should sit on the motorcycle’s seat right behind the driver, and as forward as possible. Moreover, the passenger should get off the bike only after the driver tells them to.
Wear Proper Protective Gear
In the unfortunate event of a motorcycle crash, a helmet is crucial to protect your head. It is vital for motorcyclists to wear helmets as well as ensure that it meets the safety standards set forth by US DOT.
If DOT certifies a helmet, it will have a DOT symbol on the outer back area. Also, a US DOT-approved helmet will have a label on the inside, providing details on the manufacturer as well as instructions on the proper use and care of the helmet.
When riding a bike, make sure that your arms and legs are fully covered. Wearing heavy denim and leather is a prudent idea while riding. This type of gear will provide protection from potential injuries as well as prevent you from getting dehydrated quickly.
Gloves offer a better grip and protect the hands in an accident situation. Motorcycle riders should wear boots or shoes that cover the ankles as well as brightly colored clothing with reflective material as it makes them more visible to other motorists.
Install Anti-Lock Brakes
Antilock brakes are available on various motorcycle models, and they are proven lifesavers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that motorcycles with ABS brakes were 37 percent less likely to be involved in a deadly crash compared to ones without ABS brakes. Experts believe that regardless of the caliber of the rider, ABS will always be better at braking than them.
Most high-end motorcycle models now come with ABS brakes. These brakes only cost an additional few hundred dollars, and you may be able to offset some of this cost with an insurance discount. ABS brakes are certainly an investment in safety that can potentially save your life.
Be Mindful of Road Hazards
Motorcycles do not have as much contact with pavements as a car. The bike’s tires may skid due to the presence of wet leaves, sand, or pebbles on the road, causing a crash. Bumps and potholes that are barely perceptible in a passenger vehicle can prove deadly to a motorcyclist.
If you see them too late to avoid, slow the motorcycle down by gradually applying brakes while ensuring the bike remains steady. In order to reduce the possibility of skidding, try to approach other hazards, such as railroad tracks, at a 90-degree angle.
Avoid riding a bike if the weather is inclement. Your margin for error reduces due to slippery road conditions. Rains impact your visibility as well as reduce the grip of your tires on the road, which can make cornering challenging. If you must ride in the rain, it’s vital to remember that the riskiest time is immediately after the downpour starts, as the water can lead to oil residue rising to the top.
A responsible motorcyclist is aware of the traffic regulations and will never take unnecessary risks. Obeying traffic lights, lane markings, speed limits, and other signs is essential.
You should always ride your bike with the flow of the traffic and make sure that there is sufficient space between your motorcycle and other automobiles. Ensure that you signal and check behind the motorcycle before changing lanes. It’s paramount to ride in a defensive, but not aggressive manner.
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