You Can Assist In Preventing Motorcycle Collisions

By Ferdinand Wain

Throughout the warmer months of the year, especially with the high price of fuel, many motorcycles are found on the highways. With the significant rise in the number of riders of motorcycles, it is vital that everyone drive defensively, to keep motorcycle accidents to an absolute minimum. Are you aware of all of the things that you can do to help reduce them?

Safety begins with motorcycle riders accepting the need for them to wear safety apparel at all times, and to modify the speed they drive at to the conditions. Resist riding in busy traffic and on freeways unless of course you are a skilled rider. To do so will reduce the risk of yourself as well as others of experiencing an accident. Avoid getting on your cycle unless all things are in good working order, and especially make sure that all of the necessary controls can be reached. Irrespective of the vehicle being driven, no person should drink and drive. Drinking of alcohol appears to play a major part in most motorbike accidents.

While operating a motorbike, it is very important to observe the other vehicles. Motorbikes may not be always obvious to somebody driving a car, more often than just in the usual blind spots. In this instance bikers have got to especially beware cars suddenly swerving into their lane, given that the driver may be unaware of them. Night-time driving, needless to say, requires that along with everything else, your headlights needs to be in good working order. Inexperienced drivers bear a greater possibility of being involved in an accident. A person new to riding won't have the same grasp of the rules of the road and tends to be more nervous while riding. Of course, older riders can also end up in accidents if they get careless about being attentive at all times.

A bike rider has to be more careful with obstructions in the road. Smaller objects hit by a vehicle without much problem can have fatal consequences for a bike rider. Car drivers have to pay attention to where all other vehicles are, especially motorcycles, because they can easily get dropped in blind spots. Before making any changes always display your intention using your signal lights, and look in the mirrors a few times, not just once. Older version motorcycles lack turn signals, so keep a close watch for any turns. Watch out for one particular oncoming light after dark, because there's no telling if it's a car with only one headlight working or a motorcycle.

The following distance you follow behind a motorbike should be greater than when it's a car. Any abrupt stopping that causes a rear end crash is a lot worse when you rear end a motorcycle. Injuries will be much more severe than when you rear end someone in a car. Don't even think that being an seasoned rider makes you immune to having an accident - it can happen in the blink of an eye. Almost always there is the likelihood for an accident, so minimize any risk by staying vigilant and driving proactively.

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