Motorcycle accidents happen every day in Oklahoma, and across the U.S. You can reduce your chances of being in an accident with a motorcyclist by being alert and aware at all times, and reminding yourself that they can be a bit harder to see than a car.
For motorcycle drivers, there are some smart safety tips to follow to help decrease your chances of being in an accident.
- Always look your bike over before you ride, and give it a thorough inspection every few months. Check fluid levels, test lights and brakes, make sure cables aren’t too worn, and have good tread on your tires.
- Invest in high quality gear – a good helmet, and riding clothes that protect your skin should you tip or wreck your bike. If your helmet doesn’t have a face shield, get good goggles. Your eyes are irreplaceable. Wear leather, and wear gloves. You won’t appreciate these items unless and until you are in an accident but they can prevent or reduce the level of injuries. Wear shoes or boots that cover your feet and ankles completely.
- Some of these tips are hard for motorcyclists to do, but they are designed to keep you safe, and you are wise to follow them. Such as OBEYING THE SPEED LIMIT and NOT RIDING IN BLIND SPOTS OR IN BETWEEN LANES.
- Don’t tailgate other vehicles, and always use your turn signals.
- Be extra careful at intersections. Cars may not notice you easily, especially if you aren’t wearing bright clothing. A black or grey motorcycle and black or grey clothing makes you a bit harder to see. Almost HALF of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections.
- Consider taking a motorcycle training course every 2 or 3 years, to brush up on your skills and stay sharp.
- Choose a bright colored jacket and helmet.
- Be extra cautious when riding in rain or fog. Less rubber on the road means less traction and motorcycles slip or skid more easily than cars.
- Practice defensive driving. Assume that cars are unlikely to see you. Avoid accelerating too quickly or passing on the side of the road (burm). These are unsafe practices that could land you in the hospital.
10. Above all, don’t drink and ride. A motorcycle requires more skill, dexterity and coordination to drive than a car, making alcohol impairment even more dangerous. The majority of motorcycle fatalities involve alcohol, so if you are riding, avoid or greatly limit alcohol consumption.
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