How to Avoid Common Motorcycle Accidents

By Nathan Hall

Riding your motorcycle is one of the greatest entertaining things to do. The satisfaction to steer your bike in a skillful way and the high adrenaline level can make it one of your favorite spare-time activities. Perhaps you like taking risks and you love challenges but what do you do to avoid a motorbike crash? After all, riding a motorcycle is been considered extreme-sport. In this article, we are going to discuss about avoiding a motorcycle crash.

Purchase a good protective body armor. When you start driving a motorbike for the first time, you learn to protect yourself with full body armor. You should have your gloves, goggles, elbow and knees protection, leather pants and helmet and then you feel secure. But time passes and the gear wears out, a tiny crack in your armor can result into a broken bone. Are your wearing your chest plate? Are your goggles infrangible? Sometimes we make errors but be careful of your mistakes, some of them you won't be able to afford. Once you have a good protection on, you should get to the next step; you have to check your motorcycle every time you decide to go on a ride. Check the the signals, the tires, check the control, the lights and more.

Next, we'll be talking about typical faults that lead to motorbike crashes and what can you do to prevent them. Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, I hope everybody knows this and everyone knows it is a typical error that leads often times to an accident. The number one thing that causes a motorbike crash is loss of control. You can lose control over your bike because of many factors and you have to know each factor. You might lose the control of your motorcycle when you speed up too much, or when you're not used to the the bike's control or you simply lack experience. All these depend on you and are fixable if you have a little patience and drive safe until you gain more experience. However there are elements that do not depend on you, such as the condition of the ground or the weather.

You have to pay attention to the road's surface, because it can cost you your life if you don't. By surface condition we mean, road dips, humps, cracks, oil, mud, sand, water. All these potential hazards lead to a loss of control over your motorcycle. Many times you can't see them, and your bike suddenly slides. Check for clues, if there are building sites nearby it can be sand and mud on the road. If you see big trucks in front of you, they could leak, so pay attention to oil splats.

Paying attention to potential hazards is important if you want to avoid a motorbike crash but you should also understand to position yourself in traffic. Always be conscious of other cars. Don't stay too close to the car in front of you and never place yourself in a car's blind spot; that leads often times to a motorcycle crash. Don't forget to talk and signal with other drivers to make sure they're aware of you, specially trucks; in the end this will help you to prevent most motorbike crashes.

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