31/10/2012

The Best Safety Tips For Bikers

There are a lot of dangers to riding motorcycles, as I’m sure most of you are aware. We all have our helmets and our leathers (hopefully) to keep us safe, but because all bikers are indivual, each of us have our own inidividual ways of staying safe.

  1. Try to wear bright coloured leathers or a bright helmet

    If you’re all in black it can be difficult for other road users to see you, even in broad daylight. Too many of us know that sometimes drivers pull out without looking, but sometimes it can be that they did look, but not hard enough to see someone dressed all in black. Wearing bright colours can help ensure that other drivers can see you.

  2. Make eye contact with other road users

    You can never assume that people can see you, so seek confirmation by making eye contact and wait for a clear signal. It is not advised to flash lights or wave at other drivers as this can be misunderstood.

  3. Ensure that you are fit and healthy

    I know this may sound odd, but riding a motorbike can be quite physically demanding. No, you don’t have to be an athlete, but it helps if you are strong with a moderately good fitness level to support and manoeuvre your bike with ease. This helps you better enjoy riding your bike and can prevent accidents too.

  4. Keep your bike clean and the bolts tightened

    This is a great excuse to spend more quality time with your motorcycle. Dirt on your bike can disguise potential problems  which can lead to accidents. Ensure that all the bolts are tightened and that everything is secure. This may seem obvious, but a lot of people don’t check often enough. You should be checking once a month at least, and a lot more often if your bike gets dirty quicker.

  5. Use your head

    A lot of bikers use only their mirrors to check behind them or to their left or right. This is not good enough and has caused plenty of accidents in the past. Ensure you turn your head properly to thoroughly check your blind spots as you (hopefully) would in a car. Another important point is not to assume that others have seen you because other people might not check their blind spot properly either. Don’t try to overtake anyone (even other bikes) when you cannot see at least five cars ahead, when there is a turn approaching or if you think they might want to change lanes.

If you are ever injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can claim for personal injuries and damage to your bike. Follow these steps and you might find that you’re more likely to be able to prove that you were not at fault in case the worst should happen.

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