Motorcycle - how to reduce injury

Motorcycle accident - rider in critical condition! This is a headline you see all too often in the summer time. So what do you need to know to help you avoid an accident and decrease your chance of getting hurt when you are in a crash?

Some riders think that the louder the pipes then the safer they are from someone driving down the road. The drivers are more likely to notice you if you are wearing a very brightly colored helmet and/or jacket. So if you have loud pipes then it is because you like them that way, it is not a safety measure.

We all know that a car or truck has a "blind spot". Your job is to be aware that sometimes a driver just does not see you. Again, the jacket or helmet will help but you need to be driving defensively all the time because you are just that much smaller then the other vehicles. You might run with your headlights on during the day as a precautionary measure. If the situation could be a bit dicey, slow down and be aware.

What are you wearing? Dress for the crash. Sandals or runners are not appropriate gear. Leather and armored clothing is made to protect you from serious road rash. Heaven protect that fool riding down the road wearing flip-flops, shorts and a t-shirt. What about your passenger? You won't be the only one going down.

Wear an energy-absorbing Department of Transport-approved helmet. It could save your life. If you do have a crash then you need as much between you and the impact as possible. Make sure your passenger has a good helmet, too.

Don't drink and drive. Even one beer, glass of wine or shot of hard can affect your abilities. Not only are you thinking about your own safety but also your passenger and the other drivers. Make it a rule and stick to it. A fatal accident is not the way you want to make the front page.

Driver training schools are an option for for motorcycle riders. Here is an opportunity to get the road experience you need from an expert. It won't cover every possible situation but you will know a lot more then when you started. It will also reduce your insurance costs. The insurance companies do not do this out of the kindness of their hearts, it is because you are less likely to have an accident.

Consider your route and the road conditions. It may be more pleasant to cruise along on two way streets but there is more happening around you. Other drivers may not give you all the attention you deserve but a pedestrian can be worse. They expect you to stop on a dime! Bear this in mind when planning a trip. Some highway driving may actually be safer in the long run even though your speed is faster.

Consider purchasing a bike that has anti-lock brakes. When you are purchasing a bike consider what you have physically handle. A custom-built chopper is not for everyone.

Insurance help

Always, and I mean always, purchase the SEF 44 Family Protection Endorsement. It isn't a lot of money but it can make a huge difference if you are in an accident and the other driver is uninsured or has only purchased the minimal amount to be legal to drive. Talk to your insurance agent or broker.

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