Motorcycles are clearly very popular; they always have been, and probably always will be. The wind in your hair, the open road ahead of you, basically a motorcycle is freedom with a capital F. Despite that fact, you only have to look at the news to see that there are countless motorcycle accidents every year, and unless you are super-careful, you run the risk of being one of the unfortunate ones.
Let’s check out some of the biggest dangers to a motorcycle rider these days.
Not wearing a helmet
Do we really need to tell you this? If you don’t wear a helmet, you’re playing with your life, as well as crossing the law. Never, ever attempt to ride a motorcycle, no matter how fast or how slow, without wearing a helmet. Go for a stylish option and you won’t have to worry about how you look!
Going too fast
You are not a motorcycle rally driver, so get that idea out of your head. If you drive too fast, you are again playing with fire. Motorcycles are safe provided you drive them right way, e.g. you wear safety equipment, a helmet, and you stick to speed limits.
Weaving in and out of traffic
How do you know that a car is not going to move? How do you know that the car driver actually saw you? You are not a car, therefore you are smaller, and that puts you at a risk of not being seen. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic, no matter how much of a rush you are in.
Braking too hard
A motorcycle’s brakes are 70% at the front when it comes to your power to stop, and if you slam your brakes on too hard, perhaps to avoid something, then you have the risk of sliding or locking up the wheel at the front, therefore throwing you into the air and over the top. Stick to the speed limit and be aware of everything around you. Of course, there are bikes with anti-lock mechanisms these days, but nothing is risk-free.
Car doors opening on you
This might sound comical but it really isn’t anything to laugh about. One of the biggest causes of an accident is when a car door opens on you and knocks you off your bike. Of course, that could also knock you into the path of oncoming traffic. How can you avoid it? Be aware of everything, and don’t drive too close to parked up cars.
These are just a few of the dangers which a motorcycle rider faces on a daily basis, every single time he or she gets onto their motorcycle. Be aware, be safe, and never take your eye off the road.