The most common reason for motorcycle accidents is due to the lack of rider skills. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that there are roughly 4 million registered motorcycle riders on American roadways. There may be many others who are unlicensed who still hop on a motorcycle as a preferred mode of transportation.
Motorcycles pay less for commuting, can ride in the HOV lane, and take up much less than space than a car. But in order for motorcycles to be safe and effective on our roadways, drivers need to be responsible before getting on a bike.
First and foremost, make sure you get your motorcycle endorsement before getting onto a bike. This course will give invaluable tips regarding maneuvering, learning about operating the cycle, defensive driving techniques and other tips specific to motorcycles that are crucial for motorcycle accident prevention.
Secondly, important gear can prevent serious injuries if you are in a motorcycle accident. This includes protective clothing, a helmet, sturdy shoes, a leather jacket, and gloves. While serious injuries can be avoided with such gear, many riders will neglect to wear it when riding.
Here are some other safety tips motorcycle riders can utilize:
- Avoid sudden braking or turning.
- Treat other motorists with courtesy.
- Be especially alert at intersections.
- Do not tailgate.
- Watch the road surface to anticipate potential hazards.
- Use signals whenever appropriate.
- Do not cut through the middle of lanes or pass cars on the right while traffic is stopped.
- Use headlights during nighttime and daytime hours.
- Avoid driving during inclement weather.