Motorcyclists often face high risks on the road specifically because of the drivers around them. When these drivers make mistakes, they cause accidents that are far more likely to injure the motorcyclist. This is why you often hear riders say that they trust themselves, but they just can’t trust the drivers around them.
If you’ve been feeling this way, it’s important to consider what you can do to increase your safety on every ride. The following tips can help.
The main tips to keep in mind
Whether you just bought your motorcycle or you have been riding for decades, these tips can make you safer and lower the odds of a serious motorcycle crash — or, at least, serious injuries:
- Choose a helmet with a full face mask, as it offers far more protection if you are in a crash.
- Practice defensive driving by watching for other drivers to make mistakes. Anticipate these errors.
- Assume that drivers cannot and do not see you. Pretend you’re invisible.
- Check the weather before you get on your bike.
- Wear bright colors and/or hi-vis clothing with reflective materials.
- Only ride when you’re sober and well-rested.
- Be wary of drivers who do not check their blind spots.
- Go through a pre-ride checklist to make sure your bike is in great condition.
- Stay clear of dangerous drivers, such as those who are clearly texting or who have made other careless driving errors.
These tips can certainly help you lower the odds of a crash, but you always face risks from the negligent drivers around you. If you suffer serious injuries in a wreck, make sure you know how to seek compensation for your injuries and losses through an appropriate claim.