Tips to Prevent Common Motorcycle Accidents
"We have heard many people in Nepal saying “Motorcycles are unsafe.” Well, Motorcycles aren’t unsafe but the lack of protection they provide is what increases the risks of accidents."
We have heard many people in Nepal saying “Motorcycles are unsafe.” Well, Motorcycles aren’t unsafe but the lack of protection they provide is what increases the risks of accidents. There are several things that one must learn before riding a motorcycle. It’s even more important to learn some tips on how to avoid accidents.
Here is a list of essential tips on how to avoid a motorcycle accident that every motorcyclist should consider.
Know Your Speed Limits
One of the biggest ways to avoid a motorcycle accident is knowing your skills and your speed limits.
Any time you are uncomfortable with a certain situation, eject yourself from it immediately. Discomfort means you aren’t confident. A lack of confidence on the road can lead to being overly reactive.
And remember, always ride at a safe speed not too high not too low!!
Be careful At Intersections
Half of all crashes occur at intersections. Any time you are approaching an intersection of any kind, make sure you look both ways to ensure no cars are coming, even if they have a red light.
Be aware of any cars attempting to turn left in and be ready to react if they happen to turn right in front of you.
A motorist turning left in front of you is perhaps the most common cause, so be on high alert so you can respond properly.
Wear Reflective Gear
Wearing reflective gear is an excellent way to get other drivers around to notice you on the road.
Reflective gear may include wearing a neon-colored vest with reflectors on it, wearing a helmet with reflectors on it, or putting reflectors on several parts of your motorcycle.
Moreover, you can also buy reflection tape and put several strips anywhere you’d like either on you or on your motorcycle; that way you don’t have to buy gear specifically with reflectors on it.
Practice Emergency Braking
Along with practicing sharp turns and hard maneuvering, it’s also an excellent idea to practice emergency braking on your motorcycle because sometimes if you don’t have practice you might result in a big accident.
Moreover, the best way to stop yourself abruptly and safely is to let off any acceleration and evenly apply both brakes on your motorcycle (rear and front). Do not apply just the front brakes because that could result in too much force in the front and cause you to flip.
Applying both brakes means you’ll have about 70% of braking force from the front and about 30% of braking help from the back.
Sometimes hard braking won’t prevent a collision. But braking can lessen the impact which will hopefully lead to less serious injuries.
Don’t Ride Close To Trucks
Trucks are incredibly helpful in the way they deliver large loads to a distant destination. But they are scary for any driver on the road because of how big and powerful they are.
Any accident involving a truck means, it’s hard to imagine the damage they can do to a motorcycle.
So, completely avoid riding near any trucks, especially on highways with faster speeds. Trucks have a lot more blind spots than cars do and that’s a bad mix with a small motorcycle.
Moreover, anytime you are riding close to a semi, either speed up ahead of them several hundred feet or slow down and let them pass you.
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