Staying Safe as a Motorcyclist

Driving a motorcycle can be a wonderful experience that is second to none. This is why so many of us opt for it as opposed to driving a car. Staying safe as a motorcyclist can be a challenge though. This is why if you happen to be in an accident make sure that you react to it. Often, contacting a motorcycle or a car accident lawyer should be good enough to ensure that you get proper compensation for your suffering. Having said that, here are some tips that can increase your safety on the road as a motorcycle user:

1. Always wear proper gear. Wearing a helmet is an absolute must, but there are some other gear elements that can be helpful such as boots or leather trousers that can greatly reduce the chances of injury. Even in the summer you might want to wear a long-sleeved jacket that can protect you further.

2. Make sure that you are visible to other road users. If you absolutely need to wear black leather, at least place some reflective stickers on your helmet or on your bike. Do no t try to blend in with the road, but rather take steps in order to stand out as car drivers or truck drivers might have problems seeing you.

3. Drive defensively. Remember that you are vulnerable and that your actions can make a huge difference. Don’t try to stay for too long in other vehicle’s blind spots, but rather make sure that all other road users are alerted of your presence. Don’t forget to use turn signals when turning or changing lanes. This way you will give other drivers an idea what you are about to do so that they can adjust to your actions.

4. Know your skill level and don’t attempt to show off. I see very often young motorcycle drivers who think that they are “cool” if they speed on their motorbikes. there is nothing worse than that as when you speed you don’t give yourself as well as others any chance to react. As a car driver, I
often slow down when getting close to a motorcycle just in case I have to deal with reckless driving.

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