Motorcycle Safety Tips Are Important For All Riders

Nov 10

Motorcycle safety is everyone's responsibility.

Motorcycle safety is everyone's responsibility.

Motorcycle safety is a major concern for many riders. While motorcycles are fun to ride for many people, their vulnerability in terms of safety make them dangerous. Many states still do not require all riders to wear a helmet, so there are other measures that riders and drivers must consider.
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Almost every state in the country requires that riders on motorcycles earn a separate qualification on their driver’s licenses before legally driving a motorcycle. This is one of the earliest motorcycle safety measures that states have passed and has been in place for decades. The purpose of this is to get riders to pass a formal motorcycle safety course just like a driver’s ed course where riders can learn the differences in driving a motorcycle and a car.

Even with these courses, the rate of motorcycle fatalities rose from 2011 to 2012 by 7% according to the the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This is not necessarily a result of riders being more careless. Motorcycle safety is determined by all drivers, as regular drivers need to be aware that motorcycles share the roadways with them.

One of the reasons that drivers have to be on the lookout is that motorcycle helmet laws are still very hit-or-miss. Only 19 states and the District of Columbia require all riders to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. This simple measure of motorcycle safety is still not required by the majority of states.

Because of that, the there are nine motorcycle safety tips that most courses agree all riders should follow:

1. Don’t buy more bike than you can handle – Novice riders can often purchase a bike that is too powerful. Make sure the bike fits you well and is not one you can easily lose control of.

2. Invest in anti-lock brakes – This can prevent skids and studies have shown that bikes with anti-lock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

3. Hone your skills – There is no substitute for experience. The longer you ride, the more experience you have, just like in driving a car.

4. Use your head – This tip applies for regular drivers as well as motorcycles. You should be smart in your decisions, and that includes wearing a helmet even if it is not required.

5. Wear the right gear – Not only is a helmet important, but other safety gear such as leather jackets, full pants, and gloves.

6. Be defensive – Many studies have shown that the majority of accidents involving motorcycles are not caused by motorcycle riders, but other drivers. This is where defensive driving comes into play.

7. Avoid bad weather – Just like in a car, bad weather can lead to slippery conditions. this makes turning and stopping very difficult.

8. Watch for road hazards – Since motorcycles have less contact with the road than a car they are easier to slide. Event he smallest pothole is far more dangerous to a rider.

9. Always be prepared – Finally, it is important to remember these safety measures every time. Check your bike for any mechanical issues before every ride and get them fixed as soon as possible.

As always, motorcycle riders should be prepared for anything. Their safety is their responsibility first, being seen is the most important thing so other drivers can also do their part to keep riders safe.

Travis Miller

Travis has been blogging professionally since 2006 and has been working as a traffic safety advocate since 2012.

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