Be A Safer Motorcycle Rider
Be a Safer Biker
The main cause of motorcycle accidents are:
- Being in a driver’s blind spot.
- Loose gravel, and road debris.
The main objective is to stay visible. Try to stay out of the blind spots of cars. Add a little extra buffer room between you and the car that is in front of you, and to the side of you. Just in case they decide to stop short, or change lanes unexpectedly, you will have time and space to make the proper maneuvers to avoid and accident.
You can also wear bright colors to improve your visibility. Yellow, red, and white are very visible on the road. Try to avoid wearing all black. Black blends in with the road, and may make you harder to see by other drivers. Wearing reflective gear will also help. It will help you get noticed by the drivers around you, even in their peripheral vision.
Always use turn signals when making a turn. It might be necessary to put your turn signal on a little early to give the driver behind you ample warning time that you will be slowing down. Tapping your break a couple of times before slowing down will also get the drivers attention, and let them know that you will be slowing down as well. A headlight modulator is very helpful as well. It will make your headlight pulse, which makes you extremely visible to oncoming traffic. This will help to avoid having cars turn in front of you.
Avoiding debris on the road can sometimes be tricky. It can appear very quickly, and give you very little time to react. Riding in the side of the lane is a good idea. Most debris will be in the center of the lane, due to the fact that cars will throw the debris to center of the lane between their tires. If a car is leaking oil or other fluids, they will be leaked to the center of the lane as well, creating hazardous and slick conditions. If you encounter debris on the road and do not have ample time to maneuver around it, you should grab the handles very tightly, keep a straight course, and rise up on the foot pegs slightly to help absorb the shock. Afterwards, it’s a good idea to pull over and make sure there is no damage to your tires.
Creating a safer buffer zone, and doing everything possible to make yourself visible, you will have a better chance of avoiding a motorcycle accident, and have an all around better, and safer ride.