Motorcycles are just plain awesome. However, as awesome as they are, cars happen to be safer. There are some, though, who find that sense of danger quite appealing.
Getting on your bike does not require that you flirt with disaster because there are a lot of things you can do in order to make all of your rides a whole lot safer and you can start by doing the following:
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1. Getting Ready
Before hitting the road, you can start by giving your bike a once-over by…
- Testing the brakes, lights, as well as turn signals.
- Making sure the mirrors’ positions are correct.
- Applying lubrication to the chain and adjusting it properly.
- Checking both fuel and oil levels.
- Checking the cables, making sure that they haven’t gotten wore down or even frayed.
- Trying rider-training courses so you can be refreshed with your biking skills.
2. Investing in the Proper Gear
Once you’re out riding, there won’t be much that will stand between you and the road. This is where putting on the proper gear is critical. You can do so by…
- Going for a helmet that fits well and, of course, has passed all the necessary requirements. In case it hasn’t been made with a face shield, you can pair it with some goggles or even glasses that have safety lenses.
- Be sure that you have reflective decals or strips on your bike or on the clothing you’re wearing as this makes sure that the others who are on the road see you, especially during the night time.
- Get some durable non-slip gloves.
- Purchase boots that are going to cover those ankles.
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3. When You’re Already Out Riding
Once you’re already out and about on your bike, it’s a guarantee that you will come across a lot of things that’s definitely bigger than you and your bike combined. Although, that’s not the case, there are things you could do in order to be safe as you ride and you can do these things by…
- Knowing the limits of your bike.
- Avoiding tailgating other vehicles.
- Respecting the other drivers who are sharing the road with you.
- Avoid weaving through the traffic or driving on shoulders.
- Doing a bit of smart braking by simultaneously making use of both brakes slowly and steadily.
- Properly using your bike’s signals.
- Making sure that other drivers could see you. Avoid riding in blind spots and make sure that you’re using your headlights.
4. Applying Effective Mental Strategies
As with any other mode of motorized transport, having effective mental strategies helps in keeping you safe as you ride. You can apply such strategies by…
- Giving yourself some time and some space in responding to the actions of the other drivers. You can also give the other drivers time and space in responding to yours.
- Watching out for turning vehicles.
- Avoid riding when you’re tired or have had too much to drink.
- Signaling your next turn in advance.
You can find other resources for motorcycle safety here.
Alan McGee is a freelance writer and traveler.