Here at Rider’s Claw, we strive to bring you all the latest tips for motorcycling. Below, you will find a few tips on how to stay safe out there. As always, remember to ride with your Riders Claw.
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Ride to your abilities. Avoid interstate and canyon riding until you’re experienced enough to do so. Avoid riding in inclement weather. Be visible with the proper clothing and working headlights/taillight/brake light. Communicate your attentions with proper signals, brake lights, and hand gestures. Be aware of your lane position and other drivers’ blind spots. Maintain an adequate distance from other vehicles. Continuously scan your path of travel.
Avoid hazards such as: erratic drivers’, potholes in the road, road slicks from rain, snow, and ice, as well as avoid wet leaves, and other debris.
Perform routine maintenance and gear checks such as: verify that lights, signals, horn, and mirrors are all in good condition. Check oil and fluid levels regularly. Check battery for full charge. Carry basic tools, mini charger kit, and roadside assistance card.
Even if another driver wrongs you, do not provoke them. Report them to the authorities immediately with license plate and vehicle description. Check to ensure that your motorcycle insurance provides the best coverage for your state and any other state you may be traveling in. Be sure to always have emergency contact information in your cellular phone and printed fashion in your wallet or purse. It doesn’t hurt to also have this info in a bag on your motorcycle.
Common Accident Scenarios
No matter how careful and prepared a rider you may be, there are a lot of drivers on the road not paying attention and taking their eyes off the road. Knowing where and why most accidents happen can help you prevent them or avoid them as best as possible.
Watch for vehicles making sudden left-hand turns or failing to stop at traffic signals. Do not assume that because you’re light has turned green that the opposing traffic will stop. Some of the most likely scenarios for motorcycle accidents occur during lane changes, coming in and out of driveways, getting off and on exit ramps, potholes and debris, excessive speed, and lane sharing.
Motorcycle Safety Course
Even experienced riders can benefit from taking a professional motorcycle safety class. Instructors share a multitude of practical tips to improve your skills and off sensible handling tactics. A refresher class can refine and increase awareness of these techniques in a safe and controlled environment. Some things you may not always use but keep refreshed are: using the clutch friction zone for control, progressive brake pressure to stop without skidding, counterweight techniques, low-speed maneuvering, limited space maneuvers, techniques for crossing obstacles, proper curve adjustment, and leveraging techniques for lifting a motorcycle.
Aside from the most obvious injuries that can occur without the proper gear, road rash can be extremely painful. Suit up every time. Choose your gear carefully and don’t skimp. The right helmet, securely fastened, means you are three times more likely to survive a head injury if you go down. Be aware that using novelty helmets may reduce your financial recovery after an accident, most particularly if you are using a novelty helmet in a DOT required state.