Riding a motorcycle is a fun and exhilarating experience. Nothing beats the thrill of feeling the wind on your face as you travel on the highway. Still, it can be dangerous.
Take a motorcycle on a public road and you expose yourself to harm. The United States Department of Transportation recently said you were 28 times more likely to die riding a motorcycle than in a car.
Why motorcycles are more dangerous
Motorcycles are more dangerous because they are smaller than cars. Most drivers look for other vehicles and do not think about the potential of motorcycles being on the road.
Riding a motorcycle also takes greater balance. A motorcycle only has two wheels and is more vulnerable to debris on the road and potholes. When traveling on dangerous thoroughfares, motorcycle riders are at a greater risk of accidents.
How to ride safely on a motorcycle
Taking extra precautions will ensure you remain safe while traveling on your motorcycle. Always wear the proper gear, including a helmet and a leather jacket as well as leather pants.
If rain or snow is in the forecast, drive a car instead of your motorcycle. Always follow the traffic rules and do not speed.
Ride defensively. Make sure that other drivers can see you. Keep your headlights on at all times, even during the day. Use turn signals or hand signals. Do not ride in a driver’s blind spot. Wear bright or reflective clothing to make it easy for others to see you.
Never tailgate another car. Keep four seconds behind the vehicle in front of you so you have time to stop if needed.
Taking precautions and being mindful of your surroundings can help to reduce your chances of a motorcycle crash.