Safety tips on proper motorcycle riding
Over the years the Philippines has seen a growth in motorcycle riders, brought about by the low prices, ease of maintenance and overall mobility of a motorcycle. One of the only drawbacks of owning a motorcycle is its lack of protective structure, you are exposed as a rider to the elements of the road, couple that with the fact that some riders tend to take liberties with their motorcycles by weaving through traffic, not wearing complete safety gear and sometimes overloading the bikes which lead to various accidents. Here are some tips on how to be a safe and responsible rider.
1. Undergo proper riders training
One of the perks of owning a motorcycle is also one of its biggest hazards, which is the ease of learning how to use it. As opposed to a vehicle, a motorcycle has an easier learning curve thus, almost anyone can learn how to use them. This has led to a lot of accidents cause by irresponsible riders who never went to get proper training and licensing. Always remember when you’re out on the road, it is not only your safety that you are responsible for but everyone else out on the road as well, its always better to be safe rather than sorry.
2. Pre-ride Checks
As is the case with any vehicle, as an owner it is your responsibility to make sure your bike is road worthy, from checking the lights, turn signals brakes etc. All these things are vital to ensure that your bike has all the working parts to keep you safe on the road.
3. Avoid bad weather
As mentioned above, one of the cons of being rider is your exposure to all the elements, one of those is the weather. Even before you set off always make sure that you are equipped with all weather riding gear just in case you are caught out on the road by rain, but always take note of the weather even before leaving as much as possible avoid riding in bad weather as this could be a safety hazard.
4. Always be mindful of your surroundings
Yes, riding a motorcycle allows you to cut through traffic but that shouldn’t be an excuse to be ignorant of other vehicles. Always make sure that even though you have the space to go in between vehicles, that you’re keeping an eye out for hazards such as opening car doors, cars switching lanes, and pedestrians to avoid accidents.
5. Ride within your strengths and capabilities
While it may be fun to blast down the road at full speed and feel that thrill, not only is it unsafe for you, but potentially for others as well. Always remember to know your own capabilities as a rider and your bikes abilities and to stay within them, yours and others safety should always be your priority.
6. Have complete riding gear
This is your biggest responsibility as a rider, keeping yourself safe and ready in cases of accidents. Never leave without helmet and supplement it with riding gloves, elbow and knee pads, proper riding shoes. These things can sometimes be a nuisance to wear but there should be no compromise for your safety.
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