When cruising on your bike with the air in your face, the first word that might come to mind is “freedom”, but there’s another word that you may want to consider, and that word is “SAFETY”! Motorcycle accidents are all too common in the United States, but they can be avoided. Here are a few things to consider regarding motorcycle safety.
For starters make sure that your bike is well-maintained and checked, and that all fluids and major systems, including braking and lights, are in working order. You cannot predict and prevent all vehicle failures and breakdowns, but you can reduce the risk by maintaining your motorcycle.
Take a Seat
Always be sure that you, as the driver, and any passengers are properly seated on the bike. This means sitting squarely on the center of the seat with feet on footpegs and hands holding handlebars or the rider. Also, make sure you and passengers are always wearing protective helmets. It may not be the law in every state, but it’s common sense for safety.
One of the most obvious things you can do to make sure your driving is safe is to practice defensive driving. This doesn’t mean you have to drive extra slow, but you should use extra caution at all times, and remember that other vehicles aren’t just other cars and trucks, they are people. Defensive driving consists of a few basic driving tips that are intended to help keep you focused on the road, raise your awareness of your surroundings, and prepare you for a fast reaction to avoid a crash.
A List of Defensive and Safe Driving Skills and Practices
- Avoid distractions, including mobile phones and other devices.
- Aim high when looking out over the handlebars at the road.
- Keep your eyes moving, meaning don’t just stare at the road ahead; check mirrors and other views frequently.
- Leave yourself an out; this means anticipating what would happen if you had to swerve or slam on the brakes.
- Position both hands firmly but comfortably on handlebars.
- Never drive while feeling drowsy or sleepy; pull over at a rest stop or other safe place to take a break and get some real rest.
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