Motorcycles are legendary for its speed and its cost efficiency compared to buying a car. It is also a signature representation of not flinching from an adventure. But adventure comes with its risks and dangers, accidents included.
It can be quite taxing to get into an accident and find yourself bloody and in need of a motorcycle accident injury attorney. That’s not to say that you can predict all road conditions in advance. The truth is, there is always some risk. It’s been a popular belief even that motorcycle riding is 3,000 times more risky than flying via airplanes.
Regardless of this statistic, there is still no excuse for throwing caution to the wind. You can still increase your chances of being a motorcycle pro and paragon of road safety with these tips.
Stay as sober as humanly possible
This age-old adage of “Don’t drive and drive.” holds true especially today. Don’t underestimate the level of alertness required to navigate the roads especially at night. If it’s completely unavoidable to drink for a social event, try to hold off the journey until such time that you were able to purge the alcohol’s effects out of your system.
Master the road rules Use your light signal if you turn. Know the speed limit. These sound pretty basic, but these are life-saving tips and can, unfortunately, spell life and death for people who have not taken these rules to heart. The road rules make sure that everyone can have a civilized journey on the road.
Avoid driving if you are emotional or unwell
Drinking is not the only hazard. Arguments, emotional problems, depression, or a devastating loss can also distract you from the dangers in the road. If you are unwell, don’t be afraid to seek help from a friend or a loved one.
Be an advocate of road safety with your online accounts and loved ones
As much as you are also responsible for your behavior as a motorist, you can also pass on the safety in the road by advocating it to your loved ones. Post about it on your social media account, remind your younger (and potentially more reckless) relatives about road rules and set a good example.
Always wear protective gear
A helmet is one of the most basic and ubiquitous protections you can have when you are riding a motorcycle regularly. Make sure you have this all the time.
Be wary of unfriendly weather conditions or terrain
Roads are more slippery when wet. Bumpy roads make it more difficult to maneuver. Some roads are too steep or narrow and make moving extra difficult. Brace yourself for these, and avoid endangering yourself any more than is necessary.
Don’t scrimp on your motorcycle maintenance and tune-ups Don’t cut budgets for regular maintenance to cut costs
That will incur a bigger safety cost if one of your motorcycle parts malfunction at a critical point in your journey. Save yourself the hassle and maintain your motorcycle in its good condition, so you are always on your A game.
Your life and the lives of your loved ones are important. Make sure you make room for adventure and at the same time, leave a much bigger room for proper road safety practices. An ounce of prevention goes a long way, literally and figuratively.