Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety is important not only for motorcyclists, but also for other people on the road. It encompasses the many aspects of motorcycle and equipment design, along with the skill and operator training that are specific to riding motorcycles. Motorcyclists who know about safety and practice its tenets will get into fewer accidents on the road. In turn, this will reduce the number of instances of other drivers who will collide with motorcycles; other drivers are at fault in motorcycle accidents most of the time.

Training & Licensing/Refresher Courses

Many countries in the world that are developed now mandate that motorcyclists take safety classes in order to get their motorcycle license. The whole goal of training is for motorcyclists to come closer to being experienced riders even if they are just starting out as novices. Even experienced riders may benefit from motorcycle training, as that will enable them to improve their riding skills even further.  Refresher courses are provided for motorcyclists who do a lot of street bike riding, because that is where motorcyclists are exposed the most often to other drivers and the potential for accidents.

Protective Gear

Protective gear for motorcyclists is gear meant to save lives and protect bikers from sustaining serious injuries in the case of accidents and crashes. Protective gear for motorcycles usually involves helmets and protective clothing. Broken down even further, protective clothing usually covers specific kinds of jackets, pants, boots, and gloves. Jackets that provide sufficient protection for motorcyclists are jackets made of Kevlar, nylon, or leather. Jackets of this nature also feature solid padding on the shoulder, spine, and elbow regions.

Gloves for protective riding are constructed out of Kevlar also, and, sometimes, they can also be made out of leather with the inclusion of carbon fiber knuckle shielding. Boots that motorcyclists wear for extra protection feature plastic caps on the toe and ankle areas in addition to reinforcements. Protective gear pants are commonly made out of either Kevlar, nylon, or leather.

Importance of Riding Unimpaired

The importance of riding a motorcycle unimpaired cannot be overstated because statistics support the fact that motorcyclists who drink are likelier to crash.  Motorcyclists who drink and then ride are already putting themselves into a situation where they are more likely to crash by 20 percent. The way that alcohol affects motorcyclists is to destabilize them, as one-quarter of all accidents that involved motorcycle crashes occurred when bikers ran off the road, overturned, or just fell from their motorcycles.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the acronym “SEE” is very important for motorcyclists. It stands for search, evaluate, and execute, and it is said by the Foundation to aid bikers in keeping a safety margin as well as in continuing to be steady and capable of properly responding in traffic situations. Alcohol and other drugs negatively affect the aforementioned key words in safe motorcycle driving. The vision of motorcyclists will become impaired, along with their capability of making sound decisions while riding. Both of these contribute to the final impairment, which affects a motorcyclist’s reaction time, thus causing more accidents.

Avoiding Dangerous Situations

Avoiding dangerous situations is key to motorcycle safety, and experts know that certain situations exist that have been, historically, more prone to causing motorcycle accidents than others. Though it is true that you can get into an accident anywhere while riding your motorcycle, it is also true that some circumstances raise the risk and are best avoided, if possible. These situations are when a motorcycle’s right to a lane is violated by another driver, when a motorcyclist’s right of way is violated at an intersection, when another motorist makes a turn right in front of a motorcycle, and when motorcycles both enter or exit the highway.

Basic Safety Tips

Drive defensively. Motorcyclists should get in the habit of driving defensively, which is characterized by being very aware of the surroundings. For instance, at an intersection, motorcyclists ought to be very alert because up to 70 percent of motorcycle-related accidents occur there. Motorcyclists should also be on guard for vehicles that turn in front of them, or ones that pull out from driveways.

Look at the rearview mirrors before stopping or changing lanes. It is important to do this because a sudden stop without checking your rearview mirrors may well end up in a rear-end crash. When changing lanes, look in the rearview mirror to ascertain, visually, that changing lanes will be safe.

Remain courteous. Being courteous is a potent safety tip because some riders may irritate other motorists with their shenanigans—such as continually weaving in and out of lanes or even riding on the shoulder. These shenanigans hurt all riders because they create a dislikeable stereotype in the minds of other motorists, which may lead to crashes.