Although there are a lot of really good motorcycle accident lawyers out there, it is always better to never need one. This means that you take some time to learn how to be safer on the road when driving a motorcycle. The issue is that there are a lot of aggressive and distracted drivers around and it can be dangerous as a motorcycle driver.
Add in some unfavorable conditions for riding a motorcycle and the risk is even greater. However, there are a lot of ways to mitigate the risk and drive without worrying too much about getting into an accident. In this article, we will go over some tips on driving a motorcycle so you can stay safe in the saddle.
1. Be visible
Unfortunately, most car drivers are looking out for other cars if they are looking out at all. This means that you could be right in front of them and not even be noticed. This is especially true when driving at night.
The best thing you can do is to make sure that you can be seen. It might look cool to wear all black, but instead, try on a yellow reflective vest over your gear so you can stand out.
Also, make sure to stay out of people’s blind spots when driving beside them. Either speed up enough to get out in front where they can see or slow down so they can see you in their mirror if they look. If they do switch lanes without looking and you are behind them then you will have time to slow down or avert them without getting into an accident.
2. Be aware of the weather
Being on two wheels means that your tires have less contact with the pavement. When the road is wet or icy it is much more difficult to control the motorcycle than when you are in a car.
Always check what kind of weather is expected where you plan to drive. Even a light rain is enough to lift the oil residue on the road up and make for slick conditions. And a high wind can make you unsteady on your bike if it is coming from your side.
Take alternate transportation if it looks like the weather is not ideal. Besides, it isn’t much fun to drive when you have to be paranoid about the weather changing.
3. Stick to less trafficked roads
Main roads are generally full of cars and lots of traffic. Lots of traffic usually means that there will be people in a rush to get to work or an appointment. This poses a dangerous situation for a motorcycle rider.
Sticking with the back roads will often have you alone and with the road to yourself. There is far less chance of getting mixed up in traffic and other drivers will easily see you. Not to mention, it is a lot nicer to ride where there isn’t so much stop-and-go traffic.