It’s officially Spring, which means motorcyclists are getting their bikes out of storage and ready to ride. If you’re one of them, take the time to brush up on your riding safety before hitting the road.
A motorcycle is way more dangerous than a car. The cold reality is that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). And nearly half of all motorcycle deaths are the result of single-vehicle crashes.
Here are 8 motorcycle safety tips to take seriously:
1. Invest in antilock brakes. IIHS data shows that motorcycles equipped with ABS brakes were 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than bikes without it.
2. Hone your skills. Take a course that will teach you advanced techniques, such as how to perform evasive emergency maneuvers.
3. Wear a helmet. Riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries, than those with helmets, according to government studies.
4. Wear the right gear. Jeans, a T-shirt, and sandals are recipes for a painful disaster on a bike.
5. Be defensive. You need to be extra alert, especially in this age of epidemic phone use and texting behind the wheel.
6. Avoid bad weather. Slippery conditions reduce your margin for error. Rain not only cuts your visibility but reduces your tires’ grip on the road, which can make cornering tricky.
7. Watch for road hazards. Sand, wet leaves, or pebbles can cause a bike to slide unexpectedly, easily resulting in a spill.
8. Be ready to roll. Before each ride, do a quick walk-around to make sure your lights, horn, and directional signals are working properly.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our lawyers to discuss the details of your injury and how we can help maximize your compensation.
Source: Consumer Reports