Essential Riding Habits Saves Lives
Many motorcyclists choose this mode of transportation because of its low initial cost, fuel efficiency, and the pleasurable experience of the open road sensation. Unfortunately, more than five percent of all fatalities on America’s roadways involve motorcycles. Most motorcycle accident deaths are often the result of the minimal protection a motorbike provides in a crash. However, by learning and implementing essential riding habits, every motorcyclist can minimize the potential of serious injury or death.
Rider Training Courses
Motorcycle owners should attend rider training courses that teach essential riding habits for operating a motorbike. This is important because motorcyclists need to remain fully aware and ride carefully on open roads and through intersections, where a high percentage of vehicle collisions occur.
Proper Riding Habits
Motorcyclists can reduce the potential of being involved in a serious collision or crash by developing proper riding habits that include:
- Develop the best basic riding skills possible
- Purchase a motorcycle that provides a comfortable fit that meets every functional requirement
- Learn how to comfortably and easily reach and operate every necessary control
- Be sure the motorcycle is equipped with foot pegs (foot rests) for passengers
- Avoid riding the motorcycle in a vehicle’s blind spot, where motorists cannot see others, especially motorcyclists, on the roadway.
- Anticipate motorists’ actions when backing out of driveways
- Take extra caution when traveling across slippery surfaces during and after inclement weather
- Always wear a certified helmet designed to protect the head and neck during crashes or falls
- Appreciate every limitation of the motorbike
- Use defensive riding techniques
- Follow all posted speed limits
- Develop safe cornering and braking skills
The primary use of the motorcycle should be considered before purchasing any motorbike. Buying and using a motorcycle designed for a specific functional need is crucial to safe riding. The motorcyclist should choose a motorbike that has adequate speed and power for the type of traffic traveled. Motorbikes built for trails have different suspensions and tires compared to motorcycles built for highway use, designed with powerful brakes and tires for gripping pavement.
Only ride the motorcycle with eye protection and a certified helmet displaying a conspicuous U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation) label. Read the motorcycle’s manual thoroughly and wear protective thick clothing to provide safeguards against the outdoor elements, in the event of an accident. This includes durable clothing, gloves, shoes and a helmet. By developing safe riding habits, and obeying traffic rules, every motorcyclist can minimize the potential of being involved in a serious accident with injuries.