Motorcycles have been growing in popularity as people become aware that they’re not just for recreational (fun), but a great way to travel from one place to another.
Owning a motorcycle may be the answer to your daily commute, and can become life threatening, if serious precautions are not taken before (or while) riding it.
Most motorcycle accidents happen due to the biker’s carelessness, but the blame is always pointed at drivers of cars, trucks, buses, etc.
Here are some basic road safety tips for bikers
- Always look straight ahead
- Don’t look around; pay attention to your riding and look ahead at the road in front of you.
- Avoid unnecessary riding over puddles
- Don’t ride your bike over broken glass, drainage grates, water or gravel.
- They can be dangerous as one cannot predict their depth while biking.
Keep a sufficient distance
Always keep a safe adequate distance when passing by parked vehicles, to avoid crashes when someone in a parked car unexpectedly opens their door.
- Obey traffic rules and regulations
- Don’t rush around in and out of traffic
A yellow light does not mean you have to stop immediately, but for bikers it would be a good idea to stop, because rushing through a yellow light is a dangerous thing to do.
Ride carefully through intersections
As you ride near an intersection, make sure to look over your left and right shoulders for any approaching traffic.
If the road is clear, make a clear signal with your arm that you are going to make a turn.
Apart from hand signals try to make eye-to-eye contact with other motorists.
Use of the bikes horn
Yes, horns can be noisy and annoying, but remember you are riding the smallest machine on the road, but not the slowest, so make use of the horn when applicable.
Installing effective lights on your bike
If you ride frequently during the night or during early morning hours, then you should install lights on your bike with power of 10 watts or more. The addition of reflectors can also be a great addition to your bike when riding in the dark.