Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience and there's no better
place to ride than Southern California, with mild dry weather and miles
of open road. Motorcycles also have more practical benefits too, such
as better gas mileage and easier parking.
Unfortunately, motorcyle riders take a risk every time they hit the road.
Motorclcle riders are far more likely to be seriously hurt in a vehicle
versus motorcycle collision. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2014, down 2.3% from 4,692
in 2013. In the same year, 92,000 motorcyclists were injured, up 4.5%
from 88,000 in 2013. In 2014, motorcyclists were
27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and almost
5 times more likely to be injured.
These six tips may reduce your risk of crashing and suffering serious injuries:
1. Buy the Necessary Safety Gear and Wear It
Never ride without wearing a DOT approved helmet. Other protective equipment
should include a riding jacket, boots with rubber soles, riding gloves
and eye protection.
2. Inspect Your Bike
You should know how your bike works and be able to identify any faults
or parts that need repair. Also,
Motorbike Writer reminds bikers to conduct pre- and post-ride inspections.
3. Ride within Your Skill Level
Inexperienced riders should not attempt dangerous maneuvers. Regardless
of your riding skill, avoid riding in rain and other adverse weather,
and do not ride at night.
4. Constantly Survey Your Surroundings
Business Insider highlights the importance of being alert to your surroundings. Anticipate
how other drivers may act, and always have an escape route.
5. Avoid Riding on Sand and Gravel
Motorcycles are less stable than passenger vehicles, and even a small amount
of sand or gravel can cause a skid. You should never ride over a patch
of sand or gravel, or an uneven surface. If you have no other option,
then reduce your speed, avoid sudden braking, and maintain a straight
6. Ride Predictably
Keep your riding style as predictable as possible. Your risk of crashing
will reduce substantially if other drivers can anticipate your actions.
Avoid slamming on your brakes and tearing open the throttle, and do not
weave through traffic. Remember to use your signals whenever you turn
or change lanes.