Do Your Bit To Prevent Motorcycle Crashes

By Dustin Bailey

During the milder months of the year, especially with the high cost of fuel, many motorcycles are found on the highways. With the significant surge in the number of riders of motorcycles, it is important that everyone drive defensively, to keep motorcycle accidents to an absolute minimum. There are a variety of methods in which you can help to keep the quantity of accidents down.

If you are operating a motorcycle, you need to be sensible, by wearing the proper safety equipment, and not exceeding the speed limit for the conditions. Try to avoid driving in busy traffic and on freeways unless you are a skilled rider. Not only will that put you in danger of an accident, but others too. Each time you need to ride your bike, first be sure the brakes, turning signals and other controls are all working, and that overall the bike is completely roadworthy. Regardless of the vehicle being driven, no one ought to drink and drive. Lots of bike crashes appear to involve consumption of alcohol.

An essential element of riding a bike is that you must continuously be aware of what other vehicles are doing. Motorbikes aren't always apparent to a person driving a car, more often than just in the usual blind spots. This means bikers have got to especially beware cars suddenly swerving into their lane, considering that the driver may be unaware of them. Night-time driving, obviously, requires that along with everything else, your headlights needs to be in good working order. There is a far better chance for riders with little practical experience to be the ones getting into accidents. Somebody new to riding doesn't have the same grasp of the rules of the road and tends to be more nervous while riding. Any individual not paying attention, though, including skilled riders, could end up in an accident.

A bike rider must be more cautious with obstacles in the road. A car can hit an obstruction like a loose board lying in the road and get away with it, but for a biker that may mean death. Everybody that drives an automobile should be aware of blind spots, and strive to be aware of where all other roadusers are at all times, motorcycles especially. Utilize your mirrors to check what other vehicles are doing, and do so more than once before making any move, while signalling well before time what you are going to do. Prior motorcycles are not set up with turning indicators, so keep your eyes open for turns that weren't signalled. Be cautious about just one oncoming light after dark, because there's no telling if it's a car with only one headlight working or a motorcycle.

When following a motorcycle, it is best to keep back even farther than you normally do for a car. Any sudden stopping that triggers a rear end crash is a lot worse when you rear end a motorcycle. Personal injury will be much more extreme than when you rear end someone in a car. Accidents are invariably unexpected, and can happen to anyone, even very experienced riders. You will never avoid all risk, however, you can reduce the risks with defensive driving.

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