Joined: 23 Jun 2006
|Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:37 pm Post subject: Motorcycle Safety Tips
|10 ways to be safe on a motorcycle.
1. Assume Drivers Can't See You: Ride assuming that you and your motorcycle are totally invisible to motorists. That means you must never assume that drivers can see you. The odds are, they can't, so believe it yourself and always have an "out" for dangerous traffic situations.
2. Maintain Safe Spacing: Leave plenty of space in front and back and to the sides from all other vehicles. Be an island. Stay away from traffic as much as possible. This fives you more visibility and more time to react to situations.
3. Anticipate Trouble: Anticipate trouble situations and know what to do when you see them. Analyze what vehicles are doing and try to predict the outcome. Then make sure you're ready to avoid a bad traffic situation.
4. Beware of Oncoming Left Turners: Beware of oncoming motorists turning left in front of you ant intersections. This is the leading cause of death of motorcycle riders. If you only remember one tip here, let it be this one. Slow down before you enter an intersection. Have an escape route planned. Stay visible. Don't travel too close to cars in front of you. Position your bike so it can be seen by the left turner. Eye contact is not enough.
5. Ride Your Own Ride: Don't try to keep up with your friends who may be more experienced. Know your personal limits. Ride you own ride.
6. Watch Out for Curves: Beware of taking curves that you can't see around. A parked truck or a patch of sand may be awaiting you.
7. Don't Give In to Road Rage: Do not give in to road rage and try to "get even" with another rider or motorist. If you follow these tips, most likely you won't fall victim to road rage. It's better to calm down, slow down, and collect your thoughts first. Then continue on and enjoy the ride. That's what we're all out there for in the first place.
8. Don't Allow Tailgating: If someone is tailgating you, either speed up to open more space or pull over and let them pass. Life is too short. Remember that a bike can stop faster than a car so you don't want a truck on your tail when you find yourself trying to brake to avoid an accident. Also, don't tailgate the vehicle in front of you. Oncoming drivers can't see you.
9. Don't Be Blinded by Sunglare: Beware of riding you motorcycle into sun glare. All it takes is turning a corner and finding the sun either directly in your face or passing straight through you windshield. Some helmets have shields to block the sun. Face shield help somewhat. But sometimes you just find yourself blinded by the light. Slow down, pull over, shield your eyes and look for a way to change direction.
10. Avoid Riding at Night: Avoid riding at night, especially during bar closing time (late Saturday night and early Sunday morning) when drunken drivers could be on the road. Oh yeah, let's not be one of the drunken drivers. A motorcycle isn't a barstool.