There are many types of transportation vehicles that use the road. From the huge trucks and buses to the smaller motorcycles, all are at risk of meeting a dreadful accident on the road. Of all the modes of transport using the road, which do you think is at the highest risk for injury and even death?
Motorcycle riders are definitely one of those at the highest risk for serious injuries and death. Motorcycles don’t have seatbelts or airbags like cars do. However, there are ways on how you can ride your motorcycle and lessen your risk of meeting an accident. That will help preserve your health, prevent you from costly repairs and make your ride enjoyable.
The first thing that you can do is to control your speed. Some people find it fun to go fast but that is quite dangerous. When you ride fast, it is much more difficult to see the different debris or other hazards on the road. Also, at fast speeds, the time you could react to avoid an accident is only very short.
Slowing down gives you more time to react and to see what is in front of you. Apart from those, you should also slow down even more in the presence of inclement weather.
Riding in the lane or space between a parked car and active traffic can be dangerous. That’s because the driver of the parked car could open the door and send you flying off your motorcycle. It is also possible that a parked car could merge into traffic and crash into you in the process. Additionally, pedestrians might step out of the vehicle and you can run over them.too.
Just like drunk driving, riding your motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol will also increase your risk of getting in an accident. With the influence of alcohol you would be hard up in making sure the bike stays upright. Riding a motorcycle needs balance and coordination. However, you lack that when you are under the influence of alcohol.
Making sure that your motorcycle is properly maintained will help avoid malfunctioning of your motorcycle. With proper maintenance, you make sure it runs in great condition so motorcycle errors are avoided.
Make yourself aware of how to deal with common road hazards that you find. Such would include potholes, wet pavements, train tracks, and many others. By knowing how to deal with them and what to do in case you meet them can help you avoid an accident. You can figure out strategies that will help you avoid seriously getting hurt when you encounter them on a road.
Even if the motorcycle occupies a much smaller space than a car, it is not a good idea to share a lane with a car. It is simply risky. The car drivers don’t expect to share the lane with motorcycles that is why they might not readily see you. That could lead to an accident.
Some of the motorcycle accidents include being rear-ended by cars especially when they stop at intersections or crosswalks. That is why you should be aware of your back when you stop. You should also make others at your back aware that you are stopping. To do that, pull over to the side or use your brake lights a few times. Upon stopping, check your back for the cars behind you.
Wearing protective gear won’t stop motorcycle accidents from happening but it could help prevent you from being seriously injured. It could help minimize the injuries you get. Some gear will also help protect you so it would be easier to see. Examples of such gears would be the goggles or glasses. Some will also help reduce the glare so you can easily see the road.
It is always best to assume that the other people on the road can’t see you. Although some want to wear neutral colored clothing to look cool, wearing brightly colored clothes help get you seen easily. Additionally, you could also wear reflective gear to make you look more visible especially during night time.
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