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5 Motorcycle Rider Safety Tips to Prevent Accidents and Injuries

Motorcycle Rider Safety Tips to Prevent Accidents and Injuries
Harley Davidson of Asheville
Harley Davidson of Asheville

Are you someone who has recently purchased a motorcycle? If so, there are many reasons why you have made a really good investment. Not only are motorcycles an enjoyable form of transportation, but they are also fuel-efficient, low-maintenance and highly-affordable.

 

However, the best way to get the most out of your motorcycle experience is to make sure that you are safe while you're out on the roads. That's why we wanted to provide you with five tips on things that you can do to prevent accidents and injuries below:

 

Add some anti-lock brakes onto your motorcycle. If your motorcycle did not automatically come with anti-lock brakes on it, we definitely recommend that you add some. Although they do cost a few hundred dollars (you might want to check with your insurance company to see if they can get you a discount), it's a purchase that you won't regret. In fact, according to many reports, having them will make you 37 less likely to experience an accident while out on the road.

 

Put on a helmet. Sure, it might look cool to ride on a motorcycle with the wind blowing through your hair, but it's not a very safe thing to do. According to many statistics, you are actually 40 percent more likely to have a head injury while on your motorcycle if you don't wear a helmet. As far as the best one to put buy, we are fond of the full-face helmet. Check with the Department of Transportation in your area about the ones that you can legally drive on the road.

 

Pay attention to the weather. Whether you're in a car or on a motorcycle, it's important that you pay attention to the weather, preferably before you even leave the house. That's because rain, sleet and snow can make the roads slippery, which can increase the chances of you having an accident. So, if you can avoid traveling in inclement weather, try not to not drive your motorcycle until the rain has passed or the temperature has risen enough for the ice to melt.

 

Look out for hazards. When you're out on the road on a motorcycle, you should always keep in mind that you end up having far less contact with the pavement than if you were in a car. This means that anything from sand and wet leaves to pot holes and speed bumps can affect your riding a whole lot more than if you were driving an automobile. So, be on the lookout for warning signs and also for any hazards in the street and on the highway. And if you happen to come across something that you can't avoid, just make sure to approach it as slowly as possible.

 

Drive defensively. If you were to ask a motorcycle store like Harley Davidson of Asheville for some motorcycle safety advice, one of the things we're sure they will advise is that you make sure to drive defensively. All that means is that you don't just pay attention to what you're doing but that you also try to anticipate what's going on around you too; especially being that 60 percent of accidents involving cars and motorcycles are caused by automobiles that don't notice the motorcycles that are around them. For more information on motorcycle safety, contact DMV.org and put "motorcycle safety tips" in the search field.

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