Most people love riding their motorcycles. Motorcycles are fun to drive and are extremely fuel-efficient. So what's not to love? Well, the potential for having an accident, that's what! Did you know that you are 30% more likely to die in a motorcycle crash than someone who crashes in a car. However, if you have the proper training, you follow all the recommended safety tips, you remain attentive and use your common sense, you will greatly reduce your chances of being in an accident.
Five Motorcycle Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life
1. When buying a motorcycle, buy one that suits you. Don't buy more bike than you can handle. Today's bikes are built with much more power than they used to be. Additionally, make sure the bike you buy is comfortable and that you can easily touch the ground and can easily reach the handlebars and the controls.
2. Buy a motorcycle that has antilock brakes. IIHS data proves, motorcycles that have anti-lock brakes were 37% less likely to have a fatal crash.
3. Practice makes perfect. You should make it a point to find a local riding course to practice your maneuvers. It's also a good idea to take some classes as a refresher or to learn some advanced techniques and evasive maneuvers. Approved safety classes may also make you eligible for an insurance discount.
4. Always wear a helmet. Yes, we hear many of you groaning. However, you are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in an accident if you're not wearing a helmet. What is your life worth to you? Surely more than having to wear a helmet!
5. Always be on the defensive. In most car and motorcycle accidents, the driver of the car is at fault. Therefore, you must stay alert at all times. Expect the unexpected! Watch out for drivers who are on the phone or texting, cars that could suddenly change lanes, cars that are pulling out from a side street but don't see you. And never, never, never tailgate. Always leave enough room between you and another vehicle to give yourself enough time to react and stop. Watch out for obstacles in the road. Cars can easily drive over an obstacle, but road debris can be fatal to a motorcyclist.
The Take Away
The more you know, the safer you'll be, and that includes consistently practicing what you've learned. Take some motorcycle safety courses and read everything you can get your hands on before hitting the road. A few hours of your time now could quite possibly save your life later. What is your life worth to you? Priceless! If you have been injured in an accident, make sure you retain a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer.