Being a bike is not like being a car driver. Motorcycles are more demanding, requiring more skill, control and level of focus comparing with driving a car.
We combined together some most important safety tips which will help motorcyclists to avoid accidents and crashes:
How to ride safe and avoid motorcycle accidents: tips
- See and be seen. Make eye contact with other motorists, use hand signals to notify about braking or lane changes.
- Pay attention to intersections and slow down approaching. More than 30% of motorcycle accidents or collisions happen at intersections. Bikers usually move much faster than most cars do so many drivers just don’t expect a bike to approach so rapidly.
- Protective gear is your everything. When you buying your bike stuff, consider falling not riding. It is never too much of safety which helps reduce your risk of an injury.
- Don’t follow too close to other motor vehicles (tailgating). Extra space will give you some time and space for maneuvering and avoid a
- Look around and assess the situation as frequently as you can – always be aware of everything around you.
- Choose your speed and riding style according to traffic, weather and road conditions.
- Watch for road debris such as sand, wet leaves and rocks and other that can make your motorcycle or scooter to slide.
- Exercise caution around road surface irregularities. Speed bumps, inclines, railroad tracks, potholes and manholes can be dangerous to two-wheelers if not traversed carefully.
- Be gentle with your use of brakes, throttle and steering in bad weather.
- How about slick tires? They tend to have better grip on asphalt surfaces – water doesn’t get caught in the treads.
- The last but not least: do not drink or use drugs and ride! This is the most dangerous combination of factors.
Equipment for bikers: how to be visible and protected
Motorcycle riders and their passengers MUST always wear a safety helmet. This is the law. Safety helmets must be approved and bear an appropriate logo, e.g. Snell, CSA, BSI, DOT, ECE 22.05). They also must have a smooth external surface, be easily fastened under the chin and be undamaged of course.
In addition to a safety helmet, bikers should wear safety equipment such as a leather jacket and pants, gloves with full fingers and boots that cover the ankles, decrease injuries in a crash.
If you wear bright colors, it certainly will make your much more visible to other motorists, increasing chances of getting noticed on time. Reflective coatings and materials are effective at night.