Hopefully, these 10 safety tips will help all keen riders to avoid any collisions. We agree that motorcycles are fun and fuel efficient. But the rider must be prepared whilst riding, to avoid any major risk. Statistics show that over 60-year-olds that are new to riding; or returning keen riders are more likely to be hospitalised than the younger generation. This is because of key factors like their slower reactions and brittle bones.
10 Safety tips for all riders
Don’t invest in a bike that is hard to handle
Engineering of engines to this date, are more powerful and faster than they were 10-20 years ago. Start with a bike that fits, whilst seated both feet should be flat on the ground comfortably. If the bike feels too heavy to handle, then it is most likely is – so avoid.
Choose a bike with Antilock Breaks
ABS saves plenty of lives – because it can break better than the rider itself. ABS helps to retain the steering control whilst performing an emergency stop. Using ABS prevents any skidding or steering if the rider is to panic during an emergency stop.
Protect the head
A full face helmet is approved by the Department of Transportation. When choosing look for a DOT certification sticker. Most helmets are strong and lightweight, designed to reduce the level of noise and fatigue. DOT recommend replacing helmets every 5 years, sooner if it has been in an accident. Do not buy second-hand helmets as a rider, the full history won’t be known.
Invest in the right Protective Wear
Protective wear is designed to protect from wind, chill and bugs whilst on the road. But its most important job is to protect the rider itself. In Winter advised to go for leather with correct padding, consequently, this will be too much for the warmer seasons. In Summer breathable material with the correct padding is available also. Most collisions are caused by car drivers not been able to see the motorcyclist, wearing brighter colours will be a key factor to being seen and avoiding any future accidents.
Be on high alert at all times
Drivers are statistically at fault 60% of the time when in a collision with a motorcyclist. Percentages fluctuating as more distractions are available to driver – like usage of a mobile phone. Most of all as a rider, keep a distance, being aware of a vehicle deciding to pull out or change lanes at last minute. Keeping a distance will give you time to slow down and avoid any collisions.
Learning the safety skills
Take all correct testing, to be able to ride a motorcycle confidently is a must. But even if you have taken your test, take any extra tests that are available and it can help with a discount on your insurance. Check out the local offers as some are available for free or may have a charge fee towards the tuition.
Avoid bad weather
If it can be helped avoid riding, as bad weather usually results in most accidents. Rain will reduce the visibility whilst on the road, with reduced tyre grip. With rain, the water causes oil to rise, causing it most likely to cause an accident. If riding, avoid any sudden manoeuvres and be most gentle on the breaks. If the wind is proactive, move to the side the wind is coming from. Doing this will give leeway if you are to come into contact with an unexpected gust.
Watch out for all hazards
Sand from spills and wet leaves are the top; most causes for a motorcycle to slide. Bumps and potholes are dangerous too, if they are not avoidable, then slow right down with minimal steering.
Visual checks to the motorcycles
It is vital that a quick walk-around check is done. This will help to check the chain, belt and breaks are all in working order. Toot the horn and test out the indicators making sure they work too. Kick the tyres sensibly, making sure they’re not flat, as flat tyres make handling a lot harder. Steering is harder with deflated tyres as well and the bike won’t want to lean when riding.
Finally – Practice your panic
Motorcyclist must twist their bodies to find a balance between breaking and steering, to avoid any sort of collision. Keep practising in an empty car park is recommended by all, in doing this it trains the body and mind to control the motorcycle if a collision was to occur. But also helps the rider to learn the feel of the bike.
In conclusion, these safety tips are there to keep you aware of safe riding.