Motorcycles – they’re a lot of fun, cheaper to run than a car, and super convenient. But, let’s not beat around the bush, here – they are also incredibly dangerous. The cold, hard facts are that you are 30 times more likely to die on a motorbike than you are in a car. And, when you are just starting out with your new hobby, those statistics go through the roof.
That said, with a little focus on safety, the vast majority of motorcyclists never experience an accident. And in today’s guide, I’m going to take you through some of the key points you need to know to stay safe. Read on to find out more.
Don’t drink or speed
Want to reduce the odds of having a bad motorcycle accident by a significant amount? Well, the onus is on you to avoid alcohol when riding and never, ever speed. Almost 50% of motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider speeding. And 4 from every 10 involve alcohol. So, by keeping yourself in check, you will have a much better chance of survival – your fate is in your own hands in the vast majority of cases.
Too hot to handle?
There are 50-cc bikes, superbikes, and everything in between. It’s a lot of choices, but which is the right option? Many motorcyclists are obsessed with power, to the extent they can often choose bikes that are simply too much for them. Try and be sensible, and be aware that even small engines can offer an awful lot of power., As a rule, never buy a bike that feels too heavy for you. And, if you aren’t planning on traveling on the highways, there is little point buying anything over 500-750-cc.
Don’t underestimate how important it is to wear the right gear. In the event you have a crash, it can be the difference between survival and an untimely end. I’d like to think you are sensible enough to wear a helmet at all times, of course. But you should also invest in the correct clothing and footwear. While jeans and a t-shirt might be more comfortable, it’s a recipe for more pain than they are worth if you crash. Biking boots are essential, too. According to the reviews featured at Bikers Basics, there are some vital things to consider. Waterproofing, flexibility, and armor protection can all make the difference.
Take the MSF
There are plenty of courses you can take to learn how to ride your bike in a safe manner. Look around your local area for your nearest Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course. It will give you the basics you need to stay safe on the road, and will also teach you some advanced techniques. Not only will it keep you safe, but it might also lower your insurance premiums.
Finally, when you are out on the road, always assume the worst. No matter how confident you are, it’s not always you that will be the problem. Drivers may not see you or make stupid decisions, and if you are taking risks, disaster is more likely. Always ride defensively, and avoid tailgating and risk taking.
I hope these tips help you to stay safe on the roads!
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