Lacking the same types of safety features that are readily available in other cars and trucks, motorcycle riders risk serious injuries on nearly every trip down the road. Fortunately, there are safety tips that can be followed to help reduce the likelihood of a devastating vehicle collision.
Whether on a commute to work, a road trip across the state or a quick jaunt to the store, riders need to be safe at all times. Here are some safety tips to remember no matter the type of trip you’re on:
- Assume you’re invisible: Unfortunately, the drivers of cars and trucks might not see you when merging or changing lanes. It is best to assume they will not see you and choose your path accordingly.
- Watch other drivers: Similar to the first point, you should avoid any sort of distraction and always pay attention to the cars and trucks around you on the road. By watching a car’s wheels or identifying when the driver turns his or her head to signal a lane change, you can avoid danger.
- Drive evasively: Give yourself plenty of room to stop or swerve around danger.
- Slow down: In combination with the previous point, it can be tempting to travel quickly on a motorcycle. By slowing down, you give yourself time to identify danger and the room necessary to react to it.
- Choose when and where to ride: Riding during bad weather can not only impact your visibility, but it can also reduce your traction on the road.
Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating injuries such as brain damage, paralysis and amputation. Riders need to be aware of the dangers facing them on every ride, and what they can do to reduce their exposure to harm.