Driving a vehicle of any kind can be dangerous. Riding a motorcycle comes with added risk simply because of its smaller size and lack of exterior armor.
Motorcycle accident fatalities are not uncommon occurrences. However, bikers can reduce the danger they face by taking simple precautions.
1. Maximize visibility
Due to how much smaller they are, motorcycles can be harder to see, especially at turns. Keep lights working and on, even during the day if the weather reduces visibility, and add extra lights if possible. Applying reflective tape to motorcycles can also help other drivers see them better. Stay a safe distance from other vehicles and do not drive in blind spots. Paint your motorcycle a brighter color and wear clothes in more easily sighted colors.
2. Be cautious
Obey all traffic laws, including the speed limit. Make sure to use the correct signals at the required times, such as when turning. Carefully watch the road and do not turn without ensuring that other motor operators see you (and receiving acknowledgment through a signal or look). Use your horn if necessary. Check the weather before going out, and, if possible, avoid riding in severe weather, snow or icy conditions.
3. Don appropriate protective gear
While this may seem to be common sense, not all motorcyclists wear the right attire. Helmets can prevent or reduce the possibility of sustaining serious head or brain trauma. Donning one can be the difference between death and life. Gloves, long-sleeved jackets and long pants can also help with preventing skidding injuries.
Motorcycle riding can be a dangerous endeavor. Embracing certain safety practices can make it less dangerous.