We all love a good road trip once in a while. And the trip happens to be a motorcycle ride on winding roads, nothing can be better! It always seems like a fun idea to go on the long motorcycle rides, but in the excitement, we often forget the important safety measures that come with it.
So let us take a look at some of the most important safety tips that you should always be aware of before going out on a motorcycle. In a broad perspective, the main things you should remember are:
- Check the headlight, signals, indicators before starting the motorcycle
- Look out for the brakes, clutch and gear; pay attention to the tyres
- Fuel check to avoid any unwanted interruption of the ride
- All safety checks of the vehicle and for yourself; the helmet, safety goggle and gloves when necessary, oil and gas leaks for the motorcycle etc.
After these basic checks are done, there are some others things that the reader should be careful about. Let us see what they are.
Your Guide to Driving Safe
- Helmet before anything else: No matter what the emergency is, you should never forget to take your helmet before you are leaving the house. The helmet is the greatest safety equipment you can ask for as a motorcycle rider. It potentially protects your head and neck. Even in the case of an accident, even the most basic helmet reduces the chance of any kind of traumatic head injury by a huge margin. After all, prevention is certainly better than cure!
- Stick to the Traffic Rules: Responsible driving is the first lesson that every driver should learn, no matter what the vehicle is. In the case of a two-wheeler, traffic rules come in handier because there is a matter of keeping the balance at all times. There are 3 things that should be kept in mind on the road:
- Follow the lights at all times
- Never overtake another vehicle
- Keep to the correct side of the road
Following the traffic rules on the road is beneficial for the driver as well as all the other people who are out on the road.
- Be alert at all times: When you are riding a motorcycle, your attention should solely be on the vehicle and the road. Never try to multitask while you are driving, as that is just a call for trouble. Never take a call on a motorcycle, if you feel it is an important call, stop the motorcycle, park at a safe spot and pick up the phone. Do not try to sway your way through cars and narrow openings on the roads. If you see the streets are somehow broken, take another route or move to a safer space on that road. You should remember that being a little alert than others can be a life and death factor on a road, especially if it is rush hour. So never hurry, and try to reach your destination as safely as you can.
- Avoid any kind of intoxication: News, billboards and road-safety awareness signs – all of these cannot stress the fact enough that you should “Never Drink and Drive”. Any kind of intoxication can become a cause for a major accident on the roads. Because of the decreased cognitive functions and blurred vision, anyone can make a mistake. This can risk their own life as well as that of others. This is also a reason that drunk driving is still a punishable offence.
- Try to avoid bad weather conditions: Sometimes, the safest choice is to cancel or postpone a plan, if it involves driving. During heavy rains, storms and snowy days. The roads are always in bad shape and it is risky to ride any kind of two-wheelers on slippery roads. The rains can also have a negative effect on the motorcycle batteries, causing more hindrance in the ride. This can make the ride more problematic and dangerous. So the best idea would be to stay indoors during the bad weather days and save the ride from some other time.
In most cases, being aware of these basic facts for the vehicle and for the rider can assure a safe drive. So always keep a checklist of things before you take your motorcycle out the next time. This will assure a safe drive for you as well as for your loved ones and of course, the fellow travellers on the road.