Tips for Motorcycle Safety
Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience and there’s no better place to ride than Southern California, with mild dry weather and miles of the open road. Motorcycles also have more practical benefits too, such as better gas mileage and easier parking.
Unfortunately, motorcycle riders take a risk every time they hit the road. Motorcycle riders are far more likely to be seriously hurt in a vehicle versus motorcycle collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2014, down 2.3% from 4,692 in 2013. In the same year, 92,000 motorcyclists were injured, up 4.5% from 88,000 in 2013. In 2014, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and almost 5 times more likely to be injured.
These six tips may reduce your risk of crashing and suffering serious injuries:
Buy the Necessary Safety Gear and Wear It
Never ride without wearing a DOT approved helmet. Other protective equipment should include a riding jacket, boots with rubber soles, riding gloves and eye protection.
Inspect Your Bike
You should know how your bike works and be able to identify any faults or parts that need repair. Also, Motorbike Writer reminds bikers to conduct pre- and post-ride inspections.
Ride within Your Skill Level
Inexperienced riders should not attempt dangerous maneuvers. Regardless of your riding skill, avoid riding in rain and other adverse weather, and do not ride at night.
Constantly Survey Your Surroundings
Business Insider highlights the importance of being alert to your surroundings. Anticipate how other drivers may act, and always have an escape route.
Avoid Riding on Sand and Gravel
Motorcycles are less stable than passenger vehicles, and even a small amount of sand or gravel can cause a skid. You should never ride over a patch of sand or gravel, or an uneven surface. If you have no other option, then reduce your speed, avoid sudden braking, and maintain a straight trajectory.
Keep your riding style as predictable as possible. Your risk of crashing will reduce substantially if other drivers can anticipate your actions. Avoid slamming on your brakes and tearing open the throttle, and do not weave through traffic. Remember to use your signals whenever you turn or change lanes.
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