Riding a motorcycle is a thrill. Anyone who has ridden on a motorcycle at least once can attest to the excitement that comes from the experience. Of course, that excitement comes at a price – motorcycles are significantly more dangerous than passenger vehicles. A motorcyclist involved in an accident is far more likely to perish when compared to the driver of a traditional car. With that said, the best way to stay safe on your bike is to avoid a motorcycle accident or collision in the first place. If you can successfully avoid accidents while on your bike, you will be able to look forward to many more years of enjoyable riding.
Learn from a Pro
One of the best things you can do for your safety on the roads is to get training from a professional. There are motorcycle courses offered in every major city, so look for classes near you as a way to jumpstart your motorcycle riding experience. Even if you know a friend or family member who rides, it is best to learn proper technique and safety procedures from a pro. The time and money invested in these courses will pay off in a big way when out on the open road.
This one should go without saying. Just as you should never operate a passenger car while under the influence of alcohol, you should never ride your bike after you have been drinking. It is against the law to drink and drive, of course, and do so will put your life – and the lives of others on the road – in jeopardy. Just don’t do it.
Don’t Show Off
You will be putting your health at risk if you decide to attempt maneuvers and ‘tricks’ on the road which you are not capable of handling on your bike. Replicating something you saw on the internet, for instance, is a sure way to end up in the emergency room – or worse. Be smart as you ride, respect the conditions of the road, and error on the side of caution.
Watch for Small Road Hazards
A small item in the roadway – which would be no big deal for a four-wheeled vehicle – can be a serious danger for a motorcycle rider. Pay attention to the roadway in front of you and safely avoid items on the road whenever possible. It doesn’t take much to cause a motorcyclist to lose control of their bike after one of the tires is hit by a road hazard of some kind.
Wear a Helmet
Even if you do everything correctly, you still could have an accident. You might be involved in an incident which is the fault of another driver, or you could have an equipment failure on your bike. Whatever the case, you should always – always – be wearing a helmet. Helmets are not particularly expensive, many are quite comfortable, and they can literally save your life. Should something happen out on the road which causes you to be thrown from your bike, a good helmet just may be the reason you are able to walk away.