A motorcycle or motorbike doesn’t just get you from A to B. They’re a way of life. The power of the engines, the brand, the leathers, even the racing and stunt elements of this mode of transport entice thousands of people every year to obtain their motorcycle license and hit the open road.
However, if you’re new to the world of motorcycling, then you need to be cautious. Driving a motorbike is incredibly different from getting behind the wheel of the car. You have less protection for a start, meaning you’re more likely to come off worse if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident.
As a motorcycle driver, you have to adhere to the rules of the road, just like any other road user. However, you may need to be extra vigilant and cautious whilst riding. Here we’ll take a look at some motorbike safety tips that all new riders should know.
Never ride without a helmet
Riding a bike means that you don’t have the protective outer shell that a car would traditionally provide you with. Leaving you susceptible to catastrophic injuries. Therefore wearing as much protective gear as possible is paramount, most significantly a high-quality helmet with a visor to protect your eyes. Many riders who have been involved in crashes have credited their survival to their helmets, so never ride without one.
Always follow the rules of the road
Don’t speed up to race through a green light before it turns red. Don’t squeeze through gaps or cut people off. Just because you’re on a smaller vehicle that is often faster than it’s four-wheeled counterparts, it doesn’t mean the rules of the road don’t apply to you. Always follow the rules of the road and don’t take risks.
Always drive sober
Think about drunk drivers and it’s easy to picture cars being pulled over. However, motorcycle riders are just as likely to be pulled over under the suspicion of drink driving. Driving under the influence means your less likely to react in time, ride in a straight line or avoid other road users.
Learn how to look after your bike
Regular bike maintenance ensures that your bike won’t break down when you least expect it and it’ll react the way you need it to whilst riding. When you have to suddenly brake, you don’t want them to give out or fail! So, regularly check the tyres for wear and tear, air pressure, oil and other fluids every couple of weeks and before long journeys.