Motorcycle accidents are preventable with the right experience and riding gear. For first time buyers, one cannot call themselves an expert upon purchase. New riders simply do not have the same experience in road safety and accident prevention as those who have been on the road for many years do. Therefore, it’s important to seek advice from those with insight. Those who prefer to use a motorcycle in place of a car most of the time, as well as reputable motorcycle mechanics, salespeople, and through doing research via online forums are the best places to start.
How is defensive driving helping to prevent accidents?
The best motorcycle rider is a well informed and defensive. These are the riders that prevent motorcycle accidents. Defensive driving can help prevent motorcycle accidents too. By protecting others on the road, defensive driving is proven to be cost effective. Drivers should be aware of their surroundings at all times and have a sense of the world around them. These are the drivers who are able to stop an accident before it even happens. The state of Florida offers Defensive Driving courses for those who wish to hone their skills before a long ride.
Preventing dangerous outcomes
Motorcycles offer us the freedom to feel the wind and the freedom of the open road, but our eyes must be open to potential danger. All it takes is a second to cause a life changing accident or to sustain an injury, such as a TBI, due to recklessness. A motorcycle isn’t an excuse to break the rules of the road, nor is it a toy that’s use is taken lightly. In fact, many who ride motorcycles would argue it’s more difficult than driving a car. A substantial amount of focus and attention is required to safely navigate busy roads on a motorcycle. While driving a car should be taken equally as serious, it does offer protection (doors and windows) a motorcycle does not.
This Shaked Law Resource article will provide readers with our Top Five safety tips from experienced motorcycle riders, even when they’re just taking a trip to the store!
1. Careful on the throttle
The throttle is the heart of the motorcycle. Using it carefully can alter your speed, suspension, transfer of weight on the bike, your ability to steer safely, and most importantly ground clearance. The latter is important for getting around tight corners, and knowing how to properly utilize the throttle plays a large part in that. Those who do their research before purchasing a new motorcycle will compare “ground clearance” on several models before making a decision.
2. “Just enough bike”
For first time rider, proper research should go in to selecting a bike that’s not “too much”. Bikes are heavy, powerful machines and can cause injuries for those unfamiliar with handling. When shopping for that brand new bike, you should be able to place both feet flat on the floor without any tip-toeing around. All the gears should be within reach. Any bike that feels too heavy probably is too heavy. Inquire about engine size and compare models based on what you plan to do with the bike. Open road? Commuter? There are different bikes for different purposes!
3. Practice makes perfect (and prevents motorcycle accidents)
Don’t take a brand new bike for a spin without proper training courses. Invest the time, invest the money, and invest in safety! If you’ve never ridden a motorcycle before, but it’s a lifelong dream to do so, don’t let that dream end in tragedy. There’s no rush to the road, so never try to race ahead in order to impress friends. A Traumatic Brain Injury is not impressive, neither is causing someone else bodily injury due to lack of experience in motorcycle handling.
4. Be aware of the weather!
Road conditions can affect the ride for better or worse. Slippery conditions such as sleet, snow, and rain reduce the tires’ grip on the road. This can make what’s known to motorcycle riders as “cornering” extremely tricky, leading to a preventable accident. When a rider cannot properly “corner”, they’re at-risk for an accident. New riders may not know this, but even windy conditions can affect a ride. That’s because the motorcycle can be pushed from one side to another depending where the wind is coming from. Gusts of wind can bump a rider, and without proper handling of the bike, they can easily lose control, causing an accident.
5. Safety gear is a necessity in prevention of motorcycle accidents, not an option
This one is simple: don’t ride without a helmet and other proper gear. Besides a properly fitted helmet with a face shield to protect the rider from debris, a pair of well-fitting sneakers or motorcycle boots with laces tucked in, so as not to tangle or catch on the bike are also important. Wear proper gear for the conditions you’ll be riding in. Wear sunscreen to protect exposed skin from sunburn during the summer. And no matter how scorching hot outside, sandals are never, ever suitable for a ride!