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Tips to prevent a serious motorcycle accident

There is not another experience quite like riding a motorcycle. Riding on the open road with the wind at your back elicits a feeling that you simply cannot replicate doing anything else. That said, riding a bike is also an extremely dangerous activity. One false move could result in injury or possibly even death.

Every motorcycle accident has the potential to have severe consequences. In fact, more than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in an injury or death to the motorcyclist. Naturally, this incredibly high rate makes motorcycle safety very important. Taking the proper precautions and practicing safe riding habits can literally be the difference between an exciting ride and one that ends in the hospital.

Be aware of blind spots

Blind spots are certainly not your friend as a motorcyclist. Many accidents occur when someone driving a car or truck makes a driving decision without being able to clearly see a motorcyclist due to a blind spot. It is important to understand that rearview mirrors often fail car and truck drivers. When possible, try to keep your bike close to the front of other vehicles on the road so that you are in other drivers’ direct line of vision.

Make yourself easily visible

Potentially the most common reason for motorcycle accidents is other drivers not being able to see the motorcyclist. As a result, anything you can do to make yourself more easily visible to other people on the road can help prevent an accident. In particular, the clothing you wear can be especially helpful. Wearing brightly colored clothing with reflective elements can make you stand out. Effectively using your horn to make other drivers aware of your presence and turning on your lights when appropriate are also important to making yourself visible to other drivers.

Attentive riding is key

You are taking a risk every time you get on a motorcycle. Taking your eyes off the road or allowing your attention to drift elsewhere only increases this risk. You have to be conscious of a number of different things when riding a bike, which makes paying attention crucial to a safe driving experience. In addition to other drivers, motorcyclists need to be aware of road hazards, how the weather may influence your motorcycle and car doors opening on the side of the road. Stay alert to stay safe. It is that simple.

Regular vehicle maintenance

The condition of your motorcycle can have a significant impact on your safety. Faulty brakes, broken lights and worn tires all increase the likelihood of getting into an accident. Taking a quick glance at your motorcycle before getting on the road can help prevent a dangerous situation. If you notice that something is wrong with your bike, make sure to bring it into a mechanic for maintenance. It also could not hurt to get into a habit of having your motorcycle regularly checked by an experienced professional either.

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