Precautionary Measures To Take Before Riding A Motorcycle
A motorcycle ride is always fun, be it within the short city routes, off-roads or even if you are travelling on a longer route like Sydney to Brisbane.
Riding a motorcycle gives you a sense of freedom, you are not just riding the bike, you are also coming in direct contact with your surroundings.
However, we cannot deny the fact that riding a motorcycle requires you to be a well-practised and cautious rider. Moreover, to decrease the risks of any accidents, particularly if you are travelling on loner routes, you must take some precautionary measures. Here are some tips that can help you ride your motorcycle safely:
Taking a Safety Course
You can learn to ride a bike with your friend or a family member, but to become an avid rider, you must take a safety course. To ride a motorcycle, you need skills and active judgment. A safety course can help you with both. Moreover, you can learn to face and deal with unpredictable situations in a safer environment.
Abiding By The Rules
It is a known fact that most of the road accidents occur when someone breaks the traffic rules. Rules are meant to keep you safe, no matter how much you are in a hurry, you should always obey the traffic rules.
Inspecting Your Vehicle:
Before you go for a ride, you must inspect your vehicle. Those common things that should go into your checklist are engine oil, brakes, signal lights, headlights, etc. Getting your motorcycle checked on a regular basis can help you in keeping its functionality and safety intact.
Gearing up For the Ride:
Don’t be a squid! Over the years, I’ve seen many riders riding hitting the road without their safety/riding gears. Just look at the image below, you can make a difference and when it comes to safety, don’t compromise!
You should wear bright colours so other road users can see you clearly on the road. Secondly, maintain a safe distance from the other vehicles so you can have the time to stop your motorcycle in an emergency situation.
Also, be observant of the road hazards. Watch out for the potholes, speed breakers or sandy and rough patch of the roads.
After years of riding on roads, I can tell you most of them does not care about you on the road! Don’t ride/drive fast, follow the rules and if you’re tired, take REST. Remember, extreme fatigue attacks a rider’s/driver’s mental ability and muscular coordination, which can be fatal.