Riding a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous, even if you have been riding for many years. Other vehicles on the road and unexpected road conditions are two of the most serious hazards for motorcycle riders. Not only must riders drive defensively and anticipate the driving of others on the road, but they must also take care to protect their bodies in the event of a crash. A rider should wear protective riding gear, including a helmet, and play an active role in preventing accidents.
How can you prevent a motorcycle accident?
One of the easiest ways to prevent motorcycle accidents is to obtain an Alaska motorcycle license that relates to the type of motorcycle you own. This will ensure that you knows how to operate and maneuver you motorcycle before you are on the road. Riding ability can be strengthened by taking regular motorcycle safety courses that can enhance skills. By following the best rules of riding and the rules of the road, a rider can protect themselves from accidents.
Driving defensively is a huge tip for motorcycle riders. Defensive driving means being aware of other vehicles on the road and how their actions can cause negative repercussions. Riders that do not pay attention or split lanes with other cars may not be prepared in the event of an accident.
Knowing the most common motorcycle accidents will allow a rider to drive defensively:
- Car doesn't see the motorcycle and turns out left in front of the rider at an intersection
- Hitting gravel in a blind corner
- Car changes into the motorcyclists' lane
- Taking a corner too quickly
- Car rear-ends a rider at a stop sign or traffic light
- Accidental locking of the front brake
- Car opens its door in front of the motorcycle
- Hazardous road conditions, such as rain or snow
- Driving under the influence
Thinking of ways to avoid these accidents if they arise can make the difference between a minor injury and a serious accident. Staying alert and aware will also make a huge difference.
Maintaining the bike is one way to drive defensively. A well-working motorcycle is not only a tool to get around, but also a defense. Working lights and brake lights can signal a motorcyclist's presence to other cars, turn signals let cars know to prepare for a motorcycle movement, and full tires can allow a rider to make quick movements if they need to.
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injury since the rider does not have the protections that a motorist may have. Wearing protective gear, practicing defensive driving, and maintaining your motorcycle are all great ways to reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident.