May is motorcycle safety awareness month, the perfect time to brush up the best practices for staying safe on the road. While motorcycles have the maneuverability to avoid many accidents that normal vehicles can’t, there are hazards that are unique to riding on two wheels. In fact, motorcyclist deaths occurred 28 times more frequently than other vehicles in 2016. Due to the lack of protection you have while riding, staying safe is of the utmost importance to motorcyclists.
Using The Wrong Motorcycle
Many people looking to buy a motorcycle have this idea in their mind of what they want to ride. Sometimes, what a motorcyclist wants to ride and what they should be riding are completely different vehicles. While it can be tempting to get a high-power motorcycle to learn on, novice motorcyclists should start with a model more suited to their needs. Another mistake is using a motorcycle that is too heavy for someone to handle. You never want a motorcycle that you can’t pick up off its side.
Motorcycle Safety Through Defensive Driving
You can be the best motorcyclist out there on the road but that doesn’t mean you are completely safe. Even if you follow all the traffic rules, other drivers might not. This is why ‘defensive driving’ is so important. Defensive driving is a form of self-protection that anticipates the worst case scenarios on the road in order to avoid them.
One form of defensive driving is always remaining two car lengths (four motorcycle lengths) behind the vehicle in front of you. This helps prevent an accident in the event of someone stopping short or getting into an accident in front of you. For optimum motorcycle safety, never assume another driver will yield for you, even when you have the right of way. What could have been a small fender bender between two cars could be a fatal crash when a motorcycle is involved.
Braking, Cornering & Control
Another motorcycle safety concern is the learning curve involved with riding. Motorcycles are temperamental vehicles that require precise braking and cornering techniques. While stopping short in a vehicle typically results in no more than an uncomfortable jolt – the same inertia could send a motorcyclist flying over their handlebars. Motorcycle riders must always remain in full control of their vehicle and should never take risks when braking or going around a corner. If you aren’t comfortable with how well you operate a motorcycle, consider trying a motorcycle safety course to learn from the experts.
Motorcycle riding is not the same thing as driving a car from point A to point B. There is a whole culture of style and showmanship wrapped together with driving a motorcycle. While this is one of the allures of motorcycle riding, it can also influence motorcyclists to take risks. Never weave in and out of traffic or in the shoulder. Also, never attempt maneuvers like wheelies on public roads – it is extremely dangerous and also illegal. This risky behavior can also anger other drivers, creating an even more dangerous situation for the motorcyclist.
If An Accident Occurs
Even if you follow all of the best practices for motorcycle safety, accidents happen. Whether you make a mistake or someone else on the road does, anyone could find themselves stuck on the side of the road. When something goes wrong, make sure you know a company that will assist you quickly and efficiently.
At Accurate Towing Service, our trained and certified team will arrive quickly to provide you with excellent and professional service. We’ve provided the very best in roadside assistance for over 30 years. If you find yourself in one of these situations, contact us and we’ll be there in no time.