More and more people are buying motorcycles and getting into riding. With experience, comes familiarity with the unique challenges and perils of being a motorcyclist.
Here are four common dangers riders face and basic tips and on how to stay safe while enjoying the thrill of riding a motorcycle.
1. Visibility to other drivers
Motorcycles have a narrow visual profile and are often overlooked by drivers in a casual glance in their mirrors.
High visibility clothing and/or reflective tape can be used to increase the chances of being seen.
2. Weather conditions
Driving a traditional vehicle gives the advantage of four walls, a roof, a seatbelt, and a windshield. These are not luxuries enjoyed by motorcyclists.
To combat this issue, remember:
- Direct sunlight can be blinding. Wear a helmet that has a tinted face shield or add sunglasses with UV protection.
- During rainy conditions, reduction of speed is key. It is advisable to pull over and wait the first 30 minutes until the road is washed clean of surface oil, then proceed with caution.
- During cold weather conditions, hands and feet are the first to get cold and begin to lose feeling. Install handguards or wear neoprene insulated driving gloves. Chemical hand warmer pouches are also a great way to keep your hands and feet warm.
It’s always wise to check the weather forecast before you head out, just in case there are changes expected.
3. Road hazards
Numerous road hazards can present themselves: potholes, grooves, and ruts. As well as debris or objects that fall from other vehicles.
In addition to the ability to make sudden evasive driving maneuvers, the best investment a motorcycle rider can make is a proper helmet. In North Carolina, it is legally required by State law for both drivers and passengers to wear a helmet that adheres to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218.
4. Other drivers
Unfortunately, nature is not the biggest danger motorcycle drivers face.
Hand signals can add an extra layer of communication to other drivers. Blind spots of other vehicles should always be avoided, especially when passing. Additionally, installing a recording device on your bike or helmet can serve as legal evidence in the case of an accident.
Accidents between vehicles and motorcycles can result in grave injuries and sizable liabilities. Proving negligence can be complicated and requires legal counsel that is familiar with motorcycle accidents to protect the rights of riders.