As too many folks have discovered over the years, it just takes one mistake when behind the wheel or sitting on a motorized bike to have an incident. Sometimes those incidents are rather meaningless, other times they can turn quite tragic.
While you may think that what you’re doing behind the wheel of a truck or car isn’t that entirely important, think again. You are operating a machine that has potential to do harm to you and others, so driving with your full attention in a sound vehicle is critical.
As reports have shown all too often, distracted driving and other unsafe practices can oftentimes have severe consequences too when on motorcycles.
So, what are some ways you can lessen the chances that you or someone else will become a statistic?
With cars and trucks:
- For starters, don’t get behind the wheel distracted. It is all too easy to get caught up in the songs on the radio, your cell phone, talking to others in the vehicle etc. Remember, it just takes a split second for your world and that of others to turn upside down;
- Don’t drive when you’ve had too much to drink or are sleepy. The stats and the dire results from doing one or both of these are all well too known. Some people think they’re fine to drive after a few drinks. Meantime, others think that a little yawning and head-bobbing isn’t that important, meaning they can get to wherever they need to go. Just taking your eyes off the road briefly can lead to tragic results;
- The need to speed is never fine. While you may think that you can hit the breaks in a heartbeat to avoid a collision, don’t take your chances. Tailgating others is a recipe for disaster too. Keep a safe distance between you and other drivers, allowing yourself plenty of room to break, especially in rain, snow or icy conditions.
- Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most enjoyable experiences, an experience that feels much better when you leave from and arrive home in one piece. When buying a new or used motorcycle (the same applies to cars and trucks), make sure it is thoroughly checked out for safety. Unlike cars or trucks, you have much less protection when riding a motorcycle, so safety becomes even more critical;
- Clothing can and oftentimes does make a difference when on a bike. Whether you opt for the latest in women’s Kevlar motorcycle pants or men’s leather biker jackets, be sure you find clothing that is easy-fitting. The last thing you want to be doing while operating a motorcycle is fooling around with your clothing, potentially setting you up for an accident;
- While motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as car and truck operators do, avoid weaving in-and-out of traffic. Oftentimes, car and truck drivers can’t see a motorcycle operator until it is too late.
Even with the New Year right around the corner, make time now, in 2016, and beyond for better habits behind the wheel and on top of motorized bikes.