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Motorcyclists need to be 'present' as they ride

Are you worried about the dangers that you face when you ride a motorcycle? Perhaps you have had cars cut you off, and you could tell after the fact that the drivers never saw you. They were shocked and confused. They almost killed you. Now you're worried it will happen again.

One thing to keep in mind is that you need to be "present" at all times when you ride a motorcycle. It's a discipline. It's a mindset. You must remain focused on what you're doing and what is happening around you.

For instance, some people find the traffic stressful. That's still true on a motorcycle, but that stress can't influence how you ride. Don't speed or take chances to get around traffic. Don't act aggressively toward other drivers. Don't get distracted and lose sight of what's happening ahead of you.

Another example is the adrenaline rush you may feel on your bike. It's a big part of the draw for a lot of riders. That's fine, but you don't want to focus on adrenaline above all else. It clouds your thoughts. It leads to imprudent decisions. As with stress, it can distract you.

The key, then, is to be present and live in the moment. Carefully watch traffic around you. Keep your mind on the road and your focus on the bike. This attitude can make you a safe, defensive rider.

What if you still get into an accident caused by another driver? That's when you need to know if you have a right to financial compensation for your costs.

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