In Australia, a high volume of road accidents involve motorcycles; this was particularly true of 2016. Of course, no one sets out to endanger themselves, but the sobering reality is that these accidents are common and many motorcyclists think they will never be one of the unlucky ones.
To keep safe on the roads as a motorcyclist, consider the following:
Wear a Helmet
This is one of the most obvious and most commonly discussed safety precautions, but it is still serious and should never be compromised. Helmet efficacy can depreciate over time. Even if it looks fine, be sure to upgrade your helmet every five years to ensure optimal safety.
Follow Traffic Rules
There is often a great temptation to weave through traffic on a motorcycle. While this is one of the benefits of a motorcycle, be mindful to always follow traffic rules to avoid putting yourself or others in dangerous situations.
Assume You Are Invisible
In a great majority of motorcycle accidents involving cars, the drivers of cars claim they were not able to see the motorcyclist. Ensure that you ride with headlights on, stay out of blind spots, signal well in advance, and watch for turning vehicles.
Taking regular riding courses will keep your skills sharp and allow you to develop even greater defensive driving skills, keeping you out of accidents. In some cases, investing in defensive driving courses can lower your insurance costs.
Don’t Take More Than You Can Handle
Finding a motorcycle that suits you is imperative to ensuring your safety on the road. Make sure you can stand with either foot on the ground as you stand over the motorcycle and only ride motorcycles with a power that you can handle or that is practical for your needs. If you are riding in the inner city, perhaps it is not necessary to purchase a full power sports bike.
Invest in Antilock Brakes
Antilock brakes are standard on many newer motorcycle models. If you are upgrading or looking at the safety of an older motorcycle, it is worth investing in antilock brakes. In the event of an accident, this gives you much more control over the vehicle to avoid skidding.
Wear the Right Gear
Consider wearing brighter protective gear. As well as this, opt for leathers, proper over-the-ankle riding boots and of course, your helmet. Wear a helmet that has a face shield or use protective eyewear to ensure your vision is not impaired by debris flicking up from the roads.
Watch for Road Hazards
Motorcycles have less contact with the road, meaning loose gravel or damp areas can cause slips. Watch the road cautiously to avoid these potential hazards.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please call Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800 to arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim, or alternatively, make an online enquiry. If your are interested in finding out more about motorcycle injury compensation, you can read about it here.