Many drivers believe that motorcyclists have it easy. They get to zoom in and out of lanes and can ride the line in some states. However, they actually don’t have it that easy. They have more dangers then most non-motorcyclists realize. Here are a few key things to know about motorcycle safety.
Use your head when operating a motorcycle and wear a helmet. Not all states require you to wear one when riding a motorcycle. According to Consumer Reports, 40% of riders who don’t wear a helmet will suffer fatal head injuries in crashes. For the best head protection for riders, look for the Department of Transportation (DOT) sticker and a full coverage helmet.
Being defensive when riding a motorcycle is another safety tip from Consumer Reports. It’s safe to assume when riding that other drivers cannot see you. A study by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research found that in wrecks involving a motorcycle and a car, car drivers were at fault 60% of the time. For riders this means that you need to be aware of sudden lane changes of cars and keep a safe distance. Drive like no one can see you.
Motorcyclist have to ride cautiously, and be prepared. Just like any driver, the more you experience while driving the more you know. The more experience you have riding motorcycles the safer you will be.