Safety tips for bikers

Most motorcycle riders will agree that there’s nothing more fun than being able to take their bikes out for a ride through town once winter gives way to warmer weather. Whether you’re riding for the sheer fun of it or due to the economic and practical advantages it offers over conventional car transportation, there are many reasons to choose two wheels instead of four. However, there are a number of dangers on the open road that bikers need to be aware of in order to make it out and back safely. Here are some of the most important safety tips bikers new and old should keep in mind every time they head out onto the wide open road.

First of all, it is essential to keep your bike in good shape mechanically and maintenance wise. Read up in your owner’s manual so you know what your bike needs to stay in tip top condition, including information on when services should be performed or when to add to your tyre pressure.

You should always understand which weather conditions might impact your bike in terms of wear and tear. Salt is prone to attaching itself to metal parts of your bike, which can make it more difficult for you to steer and brake in difficult situations. Similarly, make sure you have sufficient amounts of brake fluid, oil, and coolant and that you don’t have leaks. Each time you get ready to ride, make sure all your lights are working, as being seen is essential on a non conventional vehicle.

When it comes to safety equipment, the most valuable thing you can do is undoubtedly to wear a helmet each and every time you ride. Wearing the right helmet will significantly increase your chances of avoiding a head injury if you are unfortunate enough to get into an accident; similarly, a helmet might just save your life. The average helmet will last you between 3 to 5 years, and should be replaced afterwards by a new one.

It’s also important to wear other protective gear before each and every ride, including leather, nylon, or Kevlar riding jackets, coats, and pants. Make sure there is also heavy and thick padding built into your clothes; these will be your skin if you ever fall off your bike at speed, and an inch of fabric can save you months of pain and discomfort in the hospital.

Finally, it’s important to make use of good riding habits each and every time you get on your bike. Never ride beyond your ability, and always remember that your ability levels can and will decrease if you are incapacitated some way, such as if you are tired or upset from an argument. Make sure you feel fit and rested before you start any journey. Naturally, don’t ride and drink under any circumstances.

When you are on the road, don’t overtake unless you have the visibility, space, and time to do so. Trust your instinct, particularly when it is telling you that trying something could be dangerous. Naturally, you should also have a strong and readily accessible knowledge of your bike, including its acceleration and braking capacities. It is well known that the front brake is more powerful than the rear brake, but you must learn to use it well to be able to stop sooner in emergency situations.