Operating any automotive vehicle comes with inherent risks. Motorcycles, with their lack of protective outer shell and their smaller bodies, naturally possess more than their automobile counterparts.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that on average, motorcyclists have a 29 times greater likelihood of perishing in a vehicular accident than those in automobiles. ABC News10 reported that traffic fatalities for all motor operators rose 19% between 2019 and 2020 and 13% at the beginning of 2021 in New York alone, meaning the danger for motorcyclists also increased. However, by taking precautions, motorcycle operators may help reduce the perils of the road both for themselves and their fellow drivers.
Watchfulness is key #1
Being observant helps motorcyclists avoid disaster. This includes keeping an eye out for gravel, mud or other indicators of unstable road conditions. It also means carefully watching for curves and taking them slowly and constantly being aware of the vehicles around them, especially at corners and lanes.
Visibility is key #2
Because of the size difference, motorcyclists may be more difficult to see for other drivers, especially at turns and when changing lanes. It is important for them to keep a safe distance from others on the road and take efforts to enhance their visibility. Examples of ways to do so include wearing bright clothing, putting reflective tape on their bikes or helmets, staying away from blind spots, having their headlights on even during the day and avoiding lane splitting.
Compliance is key #3
Following the rules of the road is another key precaution. Simple actions such as obeying the speed limit, using turn signals properly and not running traffic lights may help motorcyclists avoid a fatal incident.
While wrecks are not completely preventable, increasing the chances of a safe, uneventful ride is doable through safeguard measures.