The adrenaline rush and freedom that comes when riding down a highway can get dangerous within a blink of an eye. Motorcycles are less crush-worthy than vehicles that are more stable and have an outer protective body. Riders risk more serious injuries than drivers. As a result, a motorcycle safety class is mandatory for every rider.
When riding, I use a different combination of mental and physical skills than when driving. I am more vulnerable to road conditions and weather hazards. For this reason, I have learned some tips and tricks to avoid being caught up in a nasty accident.
I hope you get to apply them as you ride as well.
Carry out specific maintenance tasks before a trip
1. Check tires
Before riding, check your tires. Change them if the treads are worn out if there is a change in the way the bike handles, or as specified by the law. Under-inflated tires will fail you as they overheat while over inflated tires provide less grip on the ground.
2. Check the engine oil
Your gears and engine need proper lubrication to function. You can check out the bike manual for directions on how frequently you should change the oil. Also, look for oil leakages and get rid of dirty oil.
3. Check the air filter
If you are riding on a dusty road, check your air filter regularly as dust clogs the filter. Change it as directed on the user’s manual. You can get it replaced at an OEM motorcycle parts dealer.
Be aware of your environment
4. Assume no driver can see you
When riding behind a car, take full responsibility of your own safety. Stay away from blind spots. Assume the driver can’t see you in time to stop and let the car backup before proceeding your way. If a car is getting into your lane, give space to avoid being run over.
5. Look at the car wheels
At times drivers don’t indicate and you are not sure which direction they want to turn. Always pay attention to the wheels as their angle will tell you which way they want to turn.
6. Look out for road obstructions
This may include rocks, cars, water puddles, oil, large branches, or any other debris. Being a keen observer gives you ample time to avoid the obstruction.
7. Look at your mirrors
Knowing what’s happening behind you is as important as looking at what’s ahead. A speeding vehicle behind you may startle you if you hadn’t seen it.