Motorcycle safety is simply the study of all the possible risks and hazards of riding a motorcycle, concentrating primarily on motorcycle engineering, road design and safety rules, rider education, and other related issues, including the prevailing cultural attitudes of drivers and other motorists. The object of the study is to minimize these risks to the greatest extent possible. Motorcycle safety therefore is a branch of traffic safety. The ultimate objective in safety is to reduce the severity of injury or death by making the least risk-bearing decisions. The key elements of motorcycle safety are to be alert, safe, control your speed and handle your motorcycle with care and respect. Let’s take a closer look at each of these key elements.
Motorcycle safety requires a multi-pronged approach by all riders on a motorcycle; it is impossible to ride perfectly safely and soundly without practicing good motorcycle safety at all times. If you are a new rider, start out with good riding habits – always wear a helmet, take a defensive riding course, learn defensive riding techniques, practice basic and at least advanced motorcycle handling skills, always ride defensively, keep your speed below 55 mph and above the legal minimums, drive defensively in all situations, pay attention to the road conditions, drive defensively under the influence (DUI), obey the posted speed limit signs and never speed beyond your maximum comfort level when riding on freeways or in areas of heavy traffic. Keep in mind that the rules of the road apply to you as well as the spectators on the roads so follow them. These are just some of the fundamentals of motorcycle safety that every rider must master during his or her lifetime.
Defensive riding techniques are used to keep the rider’s body as close to the animal (the motorcycle) as possible, in order to minimize wind resistance and impacts to the skin. A defensive riding technique is different from a safety technique in that the former focuses more on preventing bodily injury to oneself as opposed to preventing bodily injury to others. Defensive riding techniques include riding on the outside of curves, staying abrasion-resistant, adjusting your body weight depending on the prevailing wind condition and riding defensively through tight curves and turns. It is essential to make sure that your body is abrasion resistant when riding on a motorcycle. Riding on an uneven surface or on a dirt road increases the risk of accidents because people are unpredictable and they may not necessarily see you coming.
Motorcycles are made in different sizes and each size has its own set of functional as well as cosmetic advantages. Motorcyclists who ride small motorcycles have the advantage of maneuverability and smaller tires which allow them to ride at higher speeds over long distances. Bigger motorcycles are faster but also heavier, thus, they offer better protection. Both of these types of motorcycles – the small lightweight motorcycle and the big heavyweight motorcycle – require regular motorcycle safety checks and maintenance in order to stay in peak performance.
Motorcycle safety checks also include checking the state of your braking system. The braking system is responsible for controlling the amount of momentum of the motorcycle through its four wheels. Poorly performing braking can lead to unfavorable skid conditions and cause the rider to lose control of the bike.
You can find several things that you can do to ensure optimum braking including using hand brakes, riding with breaks, wearing a helmet, using the proper suspension and other things. If you’re looking for a good way to ride smoothly then you should consider practicing on smooth roads. Riding on a hilly area or road with sharp turns may help prevent unwanted bumps. Abrasion resistance is important in the braking system. Good abrasion resistance will prevent unwanted slippage on a hill.
You should always ride in a comfortable riding position. A seated position on a motorcycle will make you feel more secure while riding and will prevent unwanted leaning back and forth. When riding on a steep slope, riders should always ride with your knees bent and be fully extended through the handlebars. If you’re planning on going off road with motorcycling, be sure to wear appropriate safety gear such as leather motorcycle gloves.
Motorcycles are built to last, but they can still break down on the road. A major consideration for any motorcycle owner is how well their bike handles in wet weather. Wet tires with inadequate tread may create road chaos and you may lose control of your bike. A wet cell phone or other mobile device can help you out if you can’t get on your bike. Riding off road in inclement weather will make your motorcycle more unstable and increases the risk of serious bodily injury. Be sure to take these factors into consideration when riding off road.