Rules of the Road: Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycles make up 14% of all vehicle accidents in the U.S. despite riders being a small number compared to other cars on the road. Drivers are not always taught to look out for these smaller members of the roadway and riders don’t always have appropriate cruiser motorcycle apparel to protect them in case of an accident. Drivers need to be more careful and aware of the other motorists around them, particularly if they are on a motorcycle. Bikers have to ride more defensively and realize that they are in more danger than anyone else on the road due to the lack of surrounding protection. Here are a few ways riders can improve their chances of having a safe ride.

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The Basics

  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Wear a helmet, even if the state doesn’t require it.
  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Make sure the headlights are on whether night or day.
  • Don’t ride is a vehicle’s blind spot.

These rules may seem obvious, but they are the safety guidelines that are most commonly ignored. Wearing protective clothing and a helmet can reduce how much damage a person takes in an accident and when it’s the only thing between a person and the pavement, it’s worth wearing.

The Extras

  • If a helmet doesn’t have a vented visor, wearing goggles or glasses can protect the eyes from insects and debris.
  • Keep an eye out for dangers such as gravel, potholes, train tracks, and other things that may send the bike skidding.
  • Be considerate of others. Driving down the shoulder of the road to cut off traffic or weaving between lanes can put not only the motorcyclist at risk but others on the road as well.

There are a lot of things a biker can do to keep themselves safe on the road. Some of them are common sense, while others take in-the-moment thought to avoid. Make sure to ride carefully and if driving a car, keep an eye out for the riders so everyone makes it home safely.

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