About 4,976 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2015 which is by 8.3% more from 4,594 in 2014, as stated by NHTSA. Motorcyclists are 29 times prone to die in case of accidents as compared to the passenger car occupants. They are also 5 times more likely to face serious injuries as compared to the car passengers.
Studies show that young riders have a higher chance of facing serious crashes than the experienced ones as they are not well versed with the various tips, tricks and other safety measures.
To avoid being a part of these accidents, we have enlisted a few safety tips that should be taken in note if you are a new rider.
Wear the right gear:
Most of the people tend to miss out on the most significant safety measure to ride a bike- right gears. Simply wearing a t-shirt, a pair of slippers and jeans just won’t do. You will suffer some serious injuries if you fall by chance.
Ensure that you are wearing a good reinforced jacket, rugged pads, proper trousers and over the ankle footwear. Do not forget helmet and goggles for maximum protection.
Buy a bike you can handle:
You don’t have to necessarily buy that high-end bike whose engine is very fast. Always shop a bike which you can handle easily. After all, it’s about your comfort and use.
It should always fit you well. Your feet should stand flat on the ground without tiptoeing. All the handlebars and controls should be within your range. You should also keep the CC range in mind depending on the usage.
Invest in anti lock brakes:
Anti lock brakes have been proved to be highly effective in safeguarding you from any hazardous accidents. According to a report from IIHS, the motorcycles who had ABS brakes were 37 percent less vulnerable to suffer any fatal crashes than the ones without it.
ABS helps to keep a control on steering in case of any emergency stop. This has proved to be very successful in slippery conditions.
Sharpen your skills:
You should always go for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course in your area. It will help you in learning all about riding the motorcycle, right from the scratch to advanced techniques.
It will also help you in availing several other benefits too like entitling you to insurance discounts, skipping the road tests and so on.
Use a helmet:
You should never ride a bicycle without a helmet as it is extremely risky. Several studies show that the riders who ride without a helmet have 40 percent more chances to suffer a serious head injury in case of a fatal crash.
Helmets are strong, comfortable and lightweight. We should always remember to replace our helmets in every 5 years or before that because they get worn out with time and may not be effective later.
It is usually the car drivers who are at a fault in 60 percent of the cases. So, you need to be watchful when the cars are switching lanes or moving in the parking lot.
Maintain distance when you’re driving so that if any hurdle comes in your way, you can easily get through it. Such hurdles may be very risky for the bikers whereas they may not make much difference to the passenger car owners.
Avoid bad weather:
Slippery roads make it really difficult to drive the bike, minimising the visibility as well as grips of tires. Refrain from riding the bike when the precipitation starts. You should also avoid taking any immediate twists and turns.
Be extremely soft while you’re using the brakes and be very attentive in looking out for any obstacles to prevent the bike from sliding. If you’re driving in a windy day, you should be smart enough to figure out to lead your bike in a direction where the wind is coming from.
Look for road hazards:
Motorcycle has a really less surface contact than a car does. Small things or obstacles like leaves, pebbles, sand may cause the bike to slip unexpectedly leading to dire results.
Small bumps, potholes should be avoided when you’re riding. But if you can’t, you should always proceed towards them slowly.
Inspect the bike:
Before you head out, make sure that your bike is in proper working order. The lights, direction signals, horn are all operating right. Review if the brakes, chains, belts are installed in properly.
Check that the tires are inflated properly and the handles and sterrings are not very hard.
Wear bright clothes and accessories so that other people can easily identify you. Wear reflective materials and a shiny bright helmet. Ensure to keep the headlights on.
Ride in the lanes where other people can easily see you and you can freely move about on the roads.
Ashley is a former journalist who quit her job to pursue her wanderlust and meet new people around the globe. She always prioritize motorcycle trips. She tries to pen down her entire travelling experience and has been constant contributor to bboffroad.com.au.