Let’s face it: While motorcycles are cool, they just aren’t as safe as cars. To some people, that’s part of the appeal. Living life on the edge and taking risks can be part of what makes riding a motorcycle rewarding. But, be warned: You are taking a big risk.
Motorcycles can travel much faster than cars, however, lack the same safety features. Motorcycles don’t have an exterior frame to absorb crash forces---the forces of a collision are born directly by the bike and the rider. Motorcycles also don’t have seatbelts, which increases the rider’s risk of being thrown off the bike in an accident. Finally, there’s that little matter of being on two wheels. Motorcycles are simply not as stable as cars.
But, riding a motorcycle doesn’t have to be an exercise in cheating death. Motorcycles may be inherently less safe than cars are, but there are a lot of things motorcyclists and drivers in cars can do to keep everyone safe.
Share The Road
All motorists are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.
Statistics show that the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers on our roads. This is why NHTSA urges all motorcycle riders to always ride smart and sober.
Here are 10 tips to help you ride safe and ride smart!
10: Take a Motorcycle Safety Course
9: Get the Right Gear
8: Protect Your Feet
7: Ride Within Your Skills
6: Avoid Distraction
5: Leave Enough Space
4: Watch the Weather
3: Look Twice
2: Wear a Helmet
1: Ride like you are invisible, because on a motorcycle, you are to a lot of drivers.
Motorcycles are certainly fun to ride, but you decide whether the added danger is worth it to you and your family.