Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than cars. They have no cage for protection, no crumple zones or airbags, and no advanced safety features. Motorcycles have two wheels, which can make them unsafe to ride on wet or uneven roads. Other drivers may have trouble seeing how close they are or how fast they’re going because of their small size. Sadly, motorcycle accidents can be very dangerous and even deadly. Did you know that motorcycle riders are getting into more deadly accidents than car drivers? Sadly, the number of motorcycle fatalities is increasing.
Motorcyclists have to be extra careful when riding on the roads. They need to pay attention to everything around them and always practice safety. It’s important for all drivers to be careful, but it’s especially important for motorcyclists. Here are a few safety tips and road hazards to keep in mind for your next ride:
How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle
- Stay alert: Use your senses, especially sound and sight to watch out for things around you
- Remain visible: To stay safe while riding, wear bright clothes that are easy to see, like high visibility gear. Make sure you’re not in a spot where cars can’t see you by staying out of their blind spots. Let drivers know when you’re stopping by tapping your brakes and use your horn and high beams to make sure they see you. Remember, being visible is key to staying safe on the road!
- Keep bike maintained: Change the oil regularly, replace air filters, maintain tire pressure and tread
- Be a confident rider, not an aggressive one: Pay attention to the laws, pass only when allowed, don’t tailgate. Avoid the roads as a timid rider until you gain confidence.
- Wear proper safety gear: Make sure to wear all your safety gear before riding your motorcycle. Wearing a helmet that covers your whole face, gloves, a jacket, pants made for safety, and boots can keep you safe and prevent serious injuries. It may even save your life!
Road Hazards to Consider
- Grass clippings: These can create a slippery surface
- Tar on the road: Tar snakes can compromise traction since they have a different texture than asphalt. They can create a bumpy road surface, and can become softer or slicker in hot weather or when wet
- Riding in the rain: Motorcycles can be difficult to see in the rain, and the rain can create slippery surfaces
- Heat: When you ride your motorcycle, it’s important to drink enough water so you don’t get dehydrated. You can also wear a special jacket that’s designed to keep you cool in hot weather. This will help you stay comfortable and safe while you’re on the road.
- Drunk and distracted drivers: Drivers who are drunk or distracted can be very dangerous. They may not be paying attention to what’s happening around them, and this can lead to accidents. It’s important to always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings when you’re driving. Unfortunately, if someone else is driving while impaired or distracted, they might not see you. So, it’s important to be extra careful and cautious on the road to stay safe.
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