Most motorcycle enthusiasts would agree, there's nothing quite like riding a motorcycle. Whether it's the speed, the maneuverability, or the freedom of the open road, riding is so much more than a mode of transportation; it's a way of life.
Despite the enticing aspects of riding, motorcycles are notorious for being dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the latest vehicle mile travel data shows that motorcyclists are about 27 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and 6 times as likely to be injured. With some due diligence on your part, you can decrease your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident.
Here are 9 tips to ensure that you'll still be around to enjoy riding your motorcycle instead of becoming a statistic:
- Complete a state-approved motorcycle rider education course.
- Motorcycles vary in handling and responsiveness, so take time to get accustomed to a motorcycle by riding it in a parking lot or controlled area before hitting the open road. Make sure you know how to handle your motorcycle if you encounter bad weather, slick roads, potholes, or road debris.
- Before every ride, be sure to check the tire pressure, foot brakes, headlights, signal indicators, and fluid levels.
- Always wear a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Look for the DOT symbol on the outside of the helmet.
- Make sure your arms and legs are completely covered when riding a motorcycle. The best way to do this is to wear leather or heavy denim.
- Wear boots or shoes that cover your ankles, and gloves that will protect your hands in the event of a crash.
- Consider wearing brightly covered clothing or reflective material that makes you more visible to other drivers. To increase your visibility, you can also keep your bike's headlights on at all times, and this includes using your high beams during the day.
- Remember to drive defensively. Most multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents occur because the driver of a passenger vehicle failed to "see" the motorcyclist. Be sure to leave plenty of room between your bike and other vehicles, and always check behind you and signal before you change lanes. If you are entering an intersection, proceed with caution and yield to pedestrians and other vehicles when appropriate.
- Ride sober. Alcohol and drugs, including many prescription medications negatively affect judgment, coordination, balance, throttle control, and your ability to shift gears. These substances also impair mental alertness and reduce your body's reaction time. Ensure that you are always drug and alcohol free when riding, otherwise, you could be seriously injured and there's no turning back the clock.
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