Even though the weather is still cold here, spring is just around the corner. Now is the time that motorcyclists should get their bike ready for the beautiful rides that come with the new season. This means that you need to check tire pressure, lights and brakes to ensure that you can ride safely. It is also a good time to brush up on the basic riding skills that can help you as you venture around.
While most motorcyclists won't be riding right now, the nicer weather that is perfect for drives is coming up quick. You should make sure that your motorcycle is ready for the open road now so that you are prepared when the weather improves. On those first rides of the year, remember that motorists might not be as vigilant about watching for bikers as what they are later in the year when they see them more often.
Motorcyclists are always looking for ways to stay safe on the road. They invest in helmets and anti-lock brakes and reflective clothing. They make it a point never to drink and drive and they learn what signs to watch out for in other drivers so that they can avoid that danger.
As a motorcyclist, you probably have two primary goals: (1) enjoy yourself as much as possible while riding and (2) avoid getting into a serious accident. Chances are, you have the first goal covered, or you wouldn't be the owner of a bike. That leaves you with goal number "2" being paramount, and there are many theories about accident prevention. One such theory -- which is highly debated -- relates to noisy tailpipes.
It is easy for people to blame motorcyclists when they are involved in a crash. This might be due in part to the bad boy image that many movies and television shows give to these bikers. What these people don't realize is that the motorcyclist community is filled with law-abiding bikers who just want to enjoy a safe ride.
Motorcyclists have many disadvantages in terms of safety and injury prevention during a vehicular accident. Some of these disadvantages worsen the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist, while others leave a motorcyclist more prone to getting into a crash. One of the issues that leaves motorcyclists vulnerable to crashes relates to visibility.
Motorcycle accidents happen for a lot of different reasons, but one of the most common is when a truck or a car turns left in front of the bike. This causes the larger vehicle to cross the opposing traffic lane. A motorcycle in that lane would strike the side of the car, possibly at full highway speeds, with no way to avoid the crash.
Even though the weather is cooling down now, there are still motorcyclists on the road. For some bikers, the desire to eek out every opportunity to ride before it snows is strong. All motorists should remember that these motorcyclists have just as much right to be on the road as anyone else.
A motorcyclist is always at a higher risk of injury than others on the roads because they're more likely to come into direct contact with the road or other vehicles. When they're involved in a crash, they often suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. Many people die.
No matter where you are, you need to understand the rules of the road. Some standard rules that apply in most states include not being able to cross or pass when there are double yellow lines and not making unsafe U-turns. There are reasons that these laws are in place, as this story below shows.