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Many people ride motorcycles to experience the joy and thrill of riding fast in the open air. Furthermore, motorcycles are highly efficient on gas mileage, which is a great way of saving money.
However, a major drawback is that even the most experienced motorcyclists are vulnerable to the risk of serious and fatal accidents and injuries. The best way for motorcyclists to avoid becoming the next accident statistic, and for drivers to avoid being involved in a devastating collision, is to pay close attention to safety.
The following are several things motorcyclists can do to avoid crashes:
- Wear proper motorcycle gear such as a helmet, bike jacket, and gloves. These accessories help keep riders safe from suffering serious injuries in accidents.
- Remain visible to others on the road. Not only does it mean wearing reflective and bright clothing, but also making sure other motorists see you at all times.
- Maintain an appropriate speed since speeding plays a significant factor in most motorcycle accident deaths.
- Ensure that your motorcycle is running efficiently and that all bike components are inspected and in good condition.
The following are several things motorists can do to avoid colliding with motorcyclists:
- Keep a four-second cushion between yourself and the motorcyclist in front of you. This amount of space provides enough time to react to an unexpected situation on the road. Provide extra space during inclement weather.
- Check your surroundings before making a turn since nearly half of all motorcycle crashes are caused by cars making turns.
- Keep your head on a swivel and constantly check your blind spots—for any motorcycles approaching from behind—before switching lanes.
- Always be courteous whenever you are near motorcycles.