We’ve all seen it in the movies — the hero speeds along on a motorcycle, dodging any obstacle with speed and fluidity. In the final climax, he zooms up a ramp and flies over several vehicles, and skids to a halt without a hair out of place.
But that’s not real-life.
In reality, driving a motorcycle is known to be very dangerous. In 2016 there was a total of 4,976 motorcycle crashes resulting in fatalities in the USA alone.
Now it doesn’t mean you have to give up your beloved motorcycle! But there are things you can do to stay as safe as possible on the road.
Keep reading for some useful tips on how to avoid a motorcycle accident.
Wear the needed safety gear. Standard safety gear includes a helmet, gloves and riding boots and protective leather clothing.
Visit your local store. Choose motorcycle gear that fits well and also meets the needed safety standards. If you choose to buy online you won’t be able to see the quality before you buy, so make sure to choose from a reputable source.
Even though you have your license, you can also benefit from extra training. Certain courses teach you how to crash safely if needed, how to avoid crashes and what to do after an accident occurs. There are several motorcycle training courses all over the USA to choose from.
Have your motorcycle checked regularly to make sure everything is fully functioning.
If your motorcycle starts making funny sounds or you’re finding it hard to steer, get it checked out by a mechanic immediately. Better safe than sorry!
For example, tires need to be changed regularly to prevent skidding and sliding.
Follow the Rules
Follow the speed limit, even if you’re on a super straight road and can go up to 120MPH, stick to the limit.
If there is a patch of gravel or water, a sharp turn, a pedestrian, animal or car in the way, going too fast will cause your reaction time to be drastically reduced. You might not be able to swerve out of the way in time causing damage to yourself and others.
Never drink and ride.
Nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States are caused by drinking and driving. Just don’t do it. If you’ve had too much to drink, take a taxi or car share with someone, you could save your life and others too.
Drive Like Nobody Can See You
Always assume other drivers can’t see you. Many other vehicles often overlook motorcycles, which can cause you to be rear-ended or hit at an intersection.
Avoid riding in potential blind spots around other vehicles. For example, when a car is backing up, keep well away or sound your horn if you can’t move in time.
As tempting as it might be, don’t drive between cars in traffic. A car could merge into another lane, cut in front of you, or someone might open a car door.
Be careful of vehicles turning at intersections. When turning left at an intersection, many motorcycles are hit because they are in the driver’s blind spot, or they haven’t been paying attention. In any case, try to keep a close eye on the vehicles blinkers and give them enough room to turn without clipping you off the bike.
The key is to always check your mirrors regularly and be keenly aware of what’s going on around you.
Motorcycle Accident Prevention
Yes, there are many things you can do to avoid having a motorcycle accident. But human error may come into play and you may find yourself in an accident, either caused by you or someone else.
If you live in the Northern California area, and you have recently been in an accident that has caused you or other passengers personal injury, please reach out to us for a free case evaluation. We will do our best to assist you.