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Summer and early fall are some of the best times of the year to rev up your motorcycle and hit the open road. But with those great riding temperatures, comes an increase in road congestion and a greater number of accidents for both four and two-wheeled vehicles.
However, what many drivers forget is that car accidents and motorcycle accidents don’t compare. Something that causes a dent on your car can reap life-threatening consequences for a motorcycle rider. If a rider is sideswiped, it isn’t a door or fender that’s hit — it’s their arms and legs, completely exposed. In fact, the NHTSA estimates that 80% of all reported crashes result in injury or fatality for the motorcyclist. While these numbers span the time frame of a whole year, August is considered one of the deadliest months on the road for motorcycle riders.
That’s why it’s important that riders take all the extra safety precautions they can, no matter what the time of year is or how seasoned a rider you might be. To help you reduce your chances of becoming another statistic, CarRentals put together this guide to sharing the road with motorcycles. Not only does this focus on motorcycle awareness for drivers, but it offers tips for riders to live by. Take a look at a few below.
Practice operating your motorcycle. This doesn’t just apply to new riders. If you’re a seasoned rider who only hits the road during the summer months, you might want to take a couple practice rides in safe parking lots or open roads as a skills refresher.
Don’t forget to do a pre-ride check. These only take a few minutes and can save you from some dire consequences and help make sure your bike doesn’t need maintenance that can impact your safety.
Your check should include
Lastly, split lanes responsibly. Splitting lanes is not legal in every state, but if you live in a state where this is common practice or are traveling to one, you need to know how to split lanes properly. Make sure you’re always in a driver’s field of view, anticipate lane changes and cover your horn in case you need to get a drivers attention.
These tips only scratch the surface to help riders stay safe on the road. For more information, check out their resource list to prepare for your next ride.
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