Imagine cruising on your motorcycle through Manhattan Beach on a warm sunny day with the wind in your hair and miles of road still to go. For most people, the feeling of riding a motorcycle is a mix of exhilaration, freedom and fear because, let’s face it, riding a motorcycle is dangerous. It is this very danger, along with general cost and fuel efficiency, that attracts most riders.
Motorcycle riders face a higher level of risk than someone sitting comfortably behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle. Because of this, it is important to be aware of the common dangers you regularly face every time you climb on your bike. Here are the top four biggest threats you will probably encounter while riding your motorcycle.
How many times have you approached an intersection and had to hit the brake because a driver was too impatient to wait 10 more seconds before making a left turn? Unfortunately, a lot of motorcycle riders do not come out of this situation with a narrow miss. In many cases, a collision results when a car or truck crosses an intersection in front of a motorcycle rider that had the right-of-way. To avoid this, be sure to exercise extreme caution when approaching an intersection.
Another natural enemy of the common motorcycle rider is the distracted driver. If you see a driver doing anything other than driving, including eating, using their phone or talking too animatedly with the passengers in the vehicle, take evasive action immediately. You should assume that this driver does not and will not see you.
Panic is a dangerous reaction in almost any situation, but it can be deadly for a motorcycle rider. This is especially true when stopping. Slamming on the brakes in a car can cause the vehicle to go into a slide or even flip over depending on the situation.
If you slam on the brakes while riding your bike, you can cause the front wheel to lock up. If the front tire comes to a stop but the rear tire is still moving, it can cause your bike to flip end over end, taking you with it. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid a situation where you have to slam the brakes. An anti-lock feature can help reduce the chances of a front tire lock up if this happens.
When you head out of town for the weekend and that highway opens up in front of you, it’s hard not to open the throttle and see just how fast your bike can go. And, while it is one thing to travel at a fast but still legal speed on a straight-away, it is a totally different matter when you are on a road with a few curves. If you do not feel like your ability to handle a corner safely is at an appropriate level, consider taking an advanced riding course to hone your skills a bit more so that you can avoid laying the bike down next time you go for a ride.
By being aware of the above dangers, you can stay alert for them and reduce your chances of an accident. However, even if you always put safety first, it is not always possible to avoid a collision, especially when another motorist makes a bad decision. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, keep in mind that you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and the damages to your bike.