Motorcycles provide a quick and easy way to get around streets and highways. But while they are convenient to ride on, they also put the rider at great risk of getting into an accident. The cold reality is that motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than car drivers. Motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic. The good news is that there are safety measures that you can exercise to avoid being part of the statistics and continue to have fun with your two-wheeled ride. Here are 5 tips to help you stay safe on your motorcycle
- 1. Do not buy a bike that you cannot handle If you have not been riding a motorcycle for some time, it may come as a surprise to you regarding the performance of today’s bikes. When shopping for a motorcycle, find one that fits you. Are you able to rest both feet flat when seated? Is the handlebar within your reach? These are some things that you need to consider when buying a motorcycle.
- 2. Consider antilock brakes Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that motorcycles equipped with ABS brakes were 37 percent less likely to get involved in a crash compared to those without it. Anti-lock brakes can help you a rider retain steering control during an emergency stop and comes in handy in slippery conditions.
- 3. Hone your skills Attending an approved safety course is another way to keep yourself safe when riding on two wheels. Likewise, it can make you eligible for insurance discounts and others. These courses can teach you some motorcycle riding techniques such as performing evasive emergency techniques and other advanced skills.
- 4. Wear the right gear Helmets, gloves, jackets, knee and elbow pads are safety gears that can go a long way in ensuring your safety.
- 5. Be aware of road hazards Road hazards can cause a motorcycle to wobble or slide unexpectedly so your best defense is to watch for road hazards. These are just some safety tips that can help make your ride enjoyable and accident-free.