Motorcycles are a wonderful way to get around, save money on fuel and explore the world around you. This speed and mobility come with one major tradeoff: safety. Realistically, a motorcycle accident is much more likely to be fatal than an automobile accident.
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to increase the overall safety of riding your motorcycle.
Keep comfort in mind
This doesn’t mean you need a luxury bike. It means that you should never ride where you are uncomfortable or ride a bike that you are uncomfortable with. Many people make the mistake of purchasing more bike than they can handle or tackling roads with sharp curves before they are ready.
You need to pay attention to your surroundings. As distracted driving rates continue to rise, many motorists are not looking for smaller vehicles. You should always be proactive when driving your bike, and always have an “out” when around other traffic. Keep tabs on other drivers and notice any swerving, erratic speeds or other signs a driver is distracted or not giving the road their full attention.
Get the right gear
Some of the most important motorcycle accessories are your helmet, jacket and boots. There is a variety of safety gear that can help keep you safe and looking stylish at the same time. Most motorcycle gear is reflective even at night, and that little visibility can help.
There are thousands of motorcycle accidents every year, many of them fatal. A little bit of safety goes a long way while riding.