How Do You Avoid A Motorcycle Accident?
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Besides taking basic safety precautions like following the speed limit and wearing a helmet, there are ways motorcyclists - as well as other motorists - can help decrease the number of motorcycle-related wrecks on our roadways. Here's a few tips to consider:
Never drink and drive
While you cannot control what others do, including those in cars, you can make sure you are coherent and obeying the law by driving sober.
Stay aware of your surroundings
In addition to forming a plan before leaving, make sure to stay aware of your surroundings when traveling. Is there anyone traveling in front of or behind you? What is the terrain; can you pull over if necessary? Where was the last gas station or rest area you passed? Do not drink and drive. A great percentage of motorcycle-related accidents are alcohol related.
Be proactive and plan
Know where you're going before you leave. Even if you're only going on a short drive, have a plan. Will you be stopping for lunch? If so, where and about what time? If you're going alone let someone know where you're going and what time they can expect you to return. If you're going on a longer trip, map it out. Have a detailed plan. How will traffic be on one route vs. another route? Is there road construction under way anywhere on your route? What is the weather forecast? The more you know before you leave, the better chance you'll have of getting to your destination safely.
Take a class
Local groups and some DMVs offer motorcycle safety classes and programs. If you don't have time for a full-on class, go online and check out some websites. There are many that offer tips and advice that, if followed, can help keep everyone traveling our roadways safe.
Educate your passenger
If a passenger is traveling with you tell them what to expect and what you expect before getting on the road. This especially applies to first-time or novice riders. Passengers who plan to ride often could also take a class or go online to learn about responsible and safe riding.