It’s no secret driving a motorcycle is a pretty risky business. In 2015, almost 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes, and another 88,000 bikers were injured. Most of the danger comes from other drivers around the bike in addition to roadway hazards more than the motorcycle itself. There are a few other safety hazards all motorcycle riders should be aware of as well. Here are 3 safety tips you can use to help make your ride a little bit safer.
The best way to avoid accidents as a motorcycle driver is to assume every other driver can’t see you. Many drivers are often distracted or can’t see a motorcycle when making lane changes. Likewise, car drivers might not check their mirrors before moving into a biker’s path. Bikes should always have their headlights on and should never stay in a driver’s blind spot. Make sure to signal well in advance of any lane changes. Also, watch out for turning vehicles who may not see you if you try to move past them.
Wear Appropriate Gear
Motorcycle riders have many options for safety gear. Protective clothing and helmets can minimize the amount and severity of any injuries you may sustain if you crash or skid. For example, leather clothing will do more to protect you from road burn than jeans or other thin types of material. Boots with nonskid soles can help you manage your bike better, and gloves can protect your hands from severe injuries, such as burns. A helmet is also incredibly important. Crashing with a helmet can significantly improve your chances of surviving a bike crash rather than going without one. The human skull is surprisingly delicate, and a helmet can prevent you from sustaining severe traumatic brain injuries.
Maintain Your Bike
A small portion of bike accidents happen because of motorcycle defects or issues. As a rider, you should always maintain your bike to ensure it is in peak condition. Any weakness in a tire, for example, could lead to an accident if you run into obstacles on the road. Likewise, safety features, such as lights, should always be functional, so you are visible to other drivers on the r.
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