Recently, a local man died in a motorcycle accident. According to media reports, the man swerved to avoid slower moving traffic. He then lost control of his motorcycle, hitting a guardrail. This accident is a reminder of the importance of motorcycle safety. While motorcyclists are more vulnerable on roadways than those driving larger vehicles, there is no reason you cannot safely ride your motorcycle. Here are five tips to make your next motorcycle ride a little safer:
- Safety starts from the beginning. This means you should be wearing your helmet as well as appropriate clothing. You, as well as your passenger, should be seated directly in the center of the seat with both feet on the footrest. The driver should be holding the handlebars securely. If there is a passenger, the person should hold securely to the driver or passenger handlebars at all times.
- If you are going to have a passenger on your motorcycle, make sure you do so safely. Your bike should be able to adequately accommodate a second rider, and your motorcycle passenger must be willing to practice safe riding habits.
- Maintain a safe following distance. Allow yourself room to safely stop if the driver in front of you suddenly slams on their brakes. Giving yourself adequate space between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front you will also give you more time to react if someone cuts you off, or you encounter another road hazard.
- Know what is happening around you. Scan the road ahead. Use your mirrors. Notice drivers around you who may create a safety hazard, particularly if the driver appears distracted or to otherwise be unaware of you.
- Plan ahead. Know what you will do if you need to suddenly slam on your brakes or swerve around something. When possible, leave yourself a buffer zone not only ahead of you but to at least one side of you as well.
Of course, many of these tips can be adapted to fit the needs of others who travel roadways. Whether the person is a motorcyclist, drives a small car, or is a long-haul truck driver, safety is important for everyone on the road. If you are involved in an accident involving a motorcycle, our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys can help you. Contact us to learn what we can do for you.