Arrive Alive: How to Ride a Motorcycle Safely

How to Ride a Motorcycle Safely

September 8 2019 - Riding a motorbike can be one of the most fun activities to do. You can feel the wind in your hair as you let rip on empty country roads or busy highways, or you can go for a gentle drive over some of the most spectacular terrains in the world.

However, motorbikes can also be dangerous and if you are not careful you can end up hurt. Here’s how to ride a motorcycle safely.

1. Always Wear a Helmet

It doesn't matter if you are riding on the back of someone, if you are only going up the road, or you are driving slowly, you must always wear a helmet. It is estimated that helmets could have saved around 1,800 lives in 2016 - the most important motorcycle safety statistic for you to remember.

Be sure to invest in a good one from a good shop. The helmet must have a visor and must cover your whole head.

Even if you are planning on riding on the back of someone don't rely on others to have a helmet. Invest in your own helmet to take with you anytime you think you might have to ride on the back of a motorbike.

2. Drive Slowly

Nobody likes a boy racer, even if there is no other traffic on the road. Be sure to drive slowly at all times as this will reduce your chances of death if you do end up in an accident.

It is also easier to stop and take stock if something happens to avoid an accident. You can slow down or veer off to the side to avoid fatalities.

Remember that motorcycle accident lawyers are available if you do get into trouble.

Driving slowly also enables you to enjoy the scenery around you that you would miss if you were driving too fast.

3. Be Careful to Get off on the Right Side

Motorbikes are dangerous not just because you might have an accident if you are not careful but also because when you get off the motorcycle you could end up burning yourself. This is an often overlooked aspect of motorcycle riding safety.

The motorcycle has an exhaust pipe that will still be very hot even if you or the driver has turned the engine off. If you touch this, you could be burnt badly. Be careful to step off on the left side.

The burns you get from stepping off can be quite dangerous and might require you going to the hospital. Take a few minutes to remind yourself where the exhaust is located before you step off.

How to Ride a Motorcycle Safely? Drive Slowly and Carefully

The best way to drive when considering how to ride a motorcycle safely is to take your time and not to give in to the peer pressure of friends asking you to drive like a boy racer.

Always wear a helmet under all circumstances and make the effort to find one or carry one with you even if it is a bit of an inconvenience.

And when you have finished your journey be sure to check that you are stepping off on the right side to avoid burning your leg on the exhaust.

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