Probably one of the most thrilling rides of your life may be on a motorcycle. As a rider, you experience a certain feeling of being a free spirit on the road while feeling the wind and sun on your face. You feel a sense of confidence, more than you feel when you are driving a car. But you also realize that motorcycle riding is one of the most dangerous ways to travel, as you are prone to accidents caused by unfortunate circumstances and other drivers, all of which may cause you great harm and injury, and possibly death.
Knowing the importance of safety in motorcycle riding is a good way to avoid accidents. But just how safe should you be?
For starters, you must learn how to ride the motorcycle properly. Get the proper training and familiarize yourself with the ways on how to start, ride, balance, brake, stop and even learn how to maneuver in different types of roads. Practice as much as you can until you familiarize yourself with your motorcycle. Try to get the feel of your bike so you’ll always be ready for the unexpected.
Remember to wear clothing that can be easily seen at a distance particularly at night. Remember to wear protective gear such as a good and durable helmet to protect your head. Wear a good eye visor to protect your eyes from harsh elements like the wind, dust and sun glare. Your body can be further protected by wearing thick, extra padded jackets or clothing especially for your arms, knees and legs. Wear comfortable boots or footwear as well.
Never drink or take drugs when riding your motorcycle because that is the surest way to get into an accident. If you are taking medication and are feeling drowsy because of it, then you should not take that motorcycle ride.
Always be on guard when taking curves on the road. Learn to anticipate, slow down and be wary of what lies ahead. Also take care to see sudden bumps or humps, uneven surfaces or anything that would hamper your safety on the road.
Drive defensively and concentrate on the road. Be on the lookout for motorists turning left in front of you, as this is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Be sure to slow down on intersections or junctions, and communicate with other motorists by using your signal lights and observing the proper lanes for you to take. Try to keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
Never give in to road rage as this is also a very common reasons for motorcycle riding accidents. Let other vehicles pass you by and yield to them if you feel you are being tailgated on the road.
If the motorcycle is not yours, avoid riding it. Don’t try to impress others by trying to ride a bike you are not familiar with. Be realistic enough to know your own limitations.
Always be careful when riding at night. Make sure you have your lights on. If you can avoid night rides, then do so. Also take extra care when you ride during extreme weather conditions like rainstorms and winter where roads can become slippery and wet.
The key to remember here is that you must ride your motorcycle with common sense, great caution and anticipation. Keep in mind that you are prone to anything on the road and you have minimal bodily protection in an accident.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is highly recommended that you contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Most importantly, have fun!
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