There’s no feeling quite like riding a motorcycle. The exhilaration and adrenaline you feel make the experience such an exciting one.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come without its dangers. Bikers will all probably all have their own stories of close calls they’ve had on the road. This usually comes down to not being seen and being unable to anticipate what other road users are going to do. When accidents can happen in a split second, what steps can you take to protect yourself as you ride? Here are three tips:
1. Make sure you’re always wearing protective clothing
It almost goes without saying but being sure you wear a helmet is the number one priority. It can quite literally be the difference between life and death if you’re thrown from the motorcycle. It can be tempting to ride in a t-shirt and shorts. The problem is that this will not give you any protection if you end up in an accident.
2. Consider the benefits of an advanced driving course
While you may not feel like you need one, it can be really beneficial for motorcyclists to take an advanced driving course. It can help you to perfect difficult maneuvers while learning expert braking and control techniques.
3. Keep yourself as visible as possible
It might feel like it shouldn’t be all your responsibility to make yourself seen on the road – and that’s true. Other road users should be looking out for you. The unfortunate reality is that one of the most common reasons for car and motorcycle collisions is that the driver did not see the biker. Keeping a good distance can allow you the time and space to prepare for the driver’s movements and keep out of any blind spots.
Being injured as a result of a motorcycle accident can leave you with serious injuries and emotional trauma. When the accident was caused by a negligent third party, you may be able to claim damages to compensate you.