There is a freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle on the open road, but it’s critical to respect your machine and improve your skills throughout your lifetime. Those that prefer cars or trucks also have a major responsibility to keep motorcyclists safe on the road. To maintain safety for everyone, drivers and motorcyclists are urged to share the road and be alert. Motorcyclists need to make themselves as visible as possible, use DOT (Department of Transportation) complaint motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober.
Why Drivers Don’s See Motorcycles
It can be more dangerous to be involved in a motorcycle accident than one involving a car. The visibility of a motorcycle is low due to its small size. Fatalities among motorcycle riders and passengers have more than doubled in number since 1997. In 2017, 5,172 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes. Failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycle in traffic is the leading cause of motorcycles accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.
Prepare for a Breakdown. Preparing for the trip ahead is the best way to get where you are going safely. There is a better level of protection when you are traveling in a car versus a motorcycle and weather conditions can make things more difficult. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep a high visibility vest with you so you can be more easily seen when the weather gets bad.
Stay calm if Motorcycle has Broken Down. It can be difficult to remain calm after you’ve been involved in a breakdown, but panicking isn’t going to make things any easier. If your motorcycle does breakdown, the first thing you will need to do move it off the road as quickly and safely as possible. The right side of the road is always ideal. Once you are safely off the road you can call for roadside assistance. You can get the same level of service from a towing company whether you drive a car or a motorcycle.
Pay More Attention in a Nighttime Break Down. It’s never a good situation when your car breakdowns in the middle of the road, but when it happens with a motorcycle the situation can become more hazardous. You need to deal with minimum light, and it will be a lot harder for other drivers to see you. This is a risky situation. This is another time that a high visibility vest will be a good thing to have.
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