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How can emergency braking skills help a motorcyclist?

As a motorcyclist, it's very possible that you could run into a situation where you have to brake quickly. Emergency braking is a skill that you should learn and hope you don't have to use.

Emergency braking could be necessary in several situations, like if a distracted driver pulls out in front of you or if a car's tire goes flat, causing the driver to skid on the road ahead of you. In any case, understanding how to brake without wrecking can help keep you safe when others have put you at risk.

So, what should you do to stop without throwing yourself or passengers from the bike? Use both of your brakes, to start with. Using just a front brake could result in the tail end flipping, throwing you off the bike, while using just the rear tire might not give you enough friction to stop moving in time. Use both brakes to help bring the motorcycle to an even stop.

Even if you're avoiding a dangerous driver ahead, remember that what you do in that situation will affect you and other drivers around you. If you're braking, look around and make sure you're not braking into an area where another vehicle is passing or throwing on brakes so quickly that the vehicle behind you won't be able to stop. In both of those situations, braking too hard instead of using other avoidance techniques could still result in an accident that injures you or your passengers.

In the case that you're involved in an accident despite your best efforts, you do have the right to make a claim for expenses including medical bills, the cost of motorcycle repairs and other financial losses.

Source: Ride Apart, "The Do's and Don'ts of Emergency Braking," Wes Siler, accessed Nov. 03, 2016

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