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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 14 percent of all road fatalities are associated with motorcycle riding. This amounts to over 5,000 bike-related annual fatalities. To ensure that the amount of motorcycle-related accidents do not increase, it is paramount that new riders employ safe riding practices.

Use the Necessary Gear

To become a safe rider, it is important to acquire the necessary motorcycle protective gear. Many experts recommend that a new rider’s gear should include a leather suit that is custom made for their comfort. The padded suit also ensures that you are well protected against common injuries in case of a mild accident. A durable helmet is also an indispensable part of the gear that prevents head injuries. Experts also recommend gloves, which will protect your hands in the event of a fall, and protective eyewear to shield your eyes from debris.

Get Trained

Every state requires riders to have a motorcycle license, which is often rewarded after passing a road test. Chances are, you completed some level of training before taking the test. However, continuous and effective training is an important part of motorcycle riding. Though an aspect of training revolves around the art of learning how to ride a motorcycle, the bulk of preparation should focus on safety precautions and emergency maneuvers.  Good training ensures that you not only maintain safety for yourself but also for other road users.

Maintain the Motorcycle

Before going on any motorcycle trip, it is important to inspect the bike to ensure that it is in good condition. The inspection should focus on evaluating the bike brakes, fuel, clutch system, and engine. The tires should also be inspected for tread depth to ensure that they have a good grip on the tarmac and thus prevent slippage. Some of the most horrific accidents can be caused by bike malfunction, so it’s important to thoroughly check that everything is running smoothly. 

Physical and Mental Health

Maintaining your health and riding a motorcycle may seem like two different topics, but riding a motorcycle requires mental and physical coordination. Prioritizing your health and fitness (both physical and mental) can help keep you sharp and quick in a road emergency. As a rule of thumb, you should never ride when exhausted or sleepy. What’s more, never ride after you’ve experienced bodily trauma, such as breaking a bone—any bodily injury can easily impair your ability to coordinate well when riding.

Be Positive

As part of the safety measure, you should endeavor to be considerate and moderate when dealing with other road users. A slight provocation should not cause you to take adverse action, which may escalate into road rage. Upholding a good attitude, in this regard, allows you to relate well with other motorists and ensure your safety, as well as the safety of those around you.

 

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