Riding can be fun, but there’s no escaping the fact that it is also quite dangerous. Not only do you have half the contact patch with the road when compared to a car, but if you slip, it can cause serious injury or worse.
And let’s be honest—any respectable rider will ride carefully, but we cannot control the behaviour of other motorists. And unfortunately, the mistakes of others can prove costly to other motorists, too, especially riders.
Maintain Your Ride
The condition of your motorcycle will have the biggest impact on your safety. If something goes wrong with your car, you can avoid many problems. If a tire blows out while driving, in most cases you can stop safely without an accident.
However, the slightest problem with your motorcycle can put you at risk. If your tires are not properly inflated, you can lose control of your bike and end up on the pavement. Or the chain breaks and you lose control at the worst possible moment.
It is important to have your motorcycle inspected regularly and approved by a qualified motorcycle mechanic. You can find things that recreational motorcycle owners don’t notice and can pose a risk.
Focus on The Road
Although you have the technology to multitask while riding a motorcycle, it’s best to focus on what’s happening on the road. Don’t try to make phone calls, although you can use Bluetooth through the helmet to make calls. It’s usually fine to use it to talk to another driver, but unless you’re parked in a safe place, don’t make a casual phone call.
Don’t look at your phone while driving because you need to keep your eyes on the road and keep your hands on the handlebars.
Wear Appropriate Gear
The right clothing and accessories will protect you in the event of an accident and even help you ride your motorcycle better. For example, if you fall and slip on the street, wearing a leather jacket and pants will protect you from wear and tear.
You should also wear gloves for the same reason, but also to make driving easier, as the cold can make it difficult to hold the handlebars. They’re usually made of synthetic material, which is thin enough to give you control but still keep your hands warm.
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