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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 06:34

6 Important Safety Tips for New Motorcycle Riders

Written by Rae Steinbach

motorcycle rider fallMotorcycle riders are more likely to be injured in collisions than other drivers. This is simply because they aren’t as protected from danger as occupants of cars or other vehicles may be on the road.

It’s important to keep this fact in mind if you’re learning to ride a motorcycle.

You don’t need to give up motorcycle riding because it’s dangerous. However, you do need to exercise caution. Various groups, including motorcycle injury lawyers, are constantly urging riders to stay aware.  Keep these tips in mind to avoid accidents.

Maintain a Safe Distance and Speed

One of the most common motorcycle accidents involves striking another vehicle as it makes a turn. Motorcycle riders may not enough have time to stop or swerve around the other vehicle. That’s why it’s important to always maintain a safe distance between yourself and other drivers. You also need to obey the posted speed limit at all times.

Don’t Drink and Ride

Drunk driving is never safe. However, you may not realize that motorcycle riders are more likely to sustain injuries at low BAC levels than other drivers. Even having just a single drink before getting on your motorcycle could result in an accident. It simply isn’t worth the risk.

Be Careful Around Curves

Accidents involving motorcycles often happen while navigating around curves and bends in the road. Reduce your speed as you approach curves, and keep an eye out for other drivers or potential obstacles on the road ahead.

Assume the Worst of Other Drivers

The rise in popularity of mobile devices has unfortunately yielded a rise in distracted driving. As a motorcycle rider, you should assume that other drivers aren’t paying attention behind the wheel. Staying vigilant is key to avoiding accidents.

Wear Your Helmet

You always need to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle. This simple choice can have a tremendous impact on the severity of your injuries if you’re ever involved in a collision. Since riders don’t have the extra protection a car or other vehicle offers, you need to compensate with the right safety gear.

Be Proactive About Safety

Riding a motorcycle is definitely a fun experience. However, it’s more fun when you know what you’re doing. It’s simply easier to relax on the road when you’re less worried about getting into an accident. That’s why it’s a good idea to take additional motorcycle safety courses. Learning how to operate your motorcycle safely will help you enjoy the experience even more than you already do.

Again, none of this means you should park your motorcycle and never take it out on the road. It simply means you need to fully understand the dangers you face. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be much less likely to sustain an injury.

Author/Editor Rae Steinbach:
"Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing, of course."
Last modified on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 03:47
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