Currently, to save more time on trips and to save more money, people prefer to ride motorbikes rather than cars. However, riding a motorbike involves risks that need to be well managed and known. So, to ride a motorbike safely, a motorcyclist must respect certain safety rules.
What are the various motorbike safety rules?
To ride a motorbike safely, a motorcyclist must respect certain rules. Above all, he or she must be proactive. To this end, he must always observe what is happening around him and assess what could happen. To do this, looking far away while keeping an eye on other road users is essential. Then, for motorbike safety, making oneself visible is also fundamental. This is the golden rule on the road. To do this, a motorcyclist must wear protective clothing with colours such as a fluorescent waistcoat. In the same spirit, he must ride in the centre of the lane to avoid being passed by motorists. Furthermore, respecting the highway code is also important for the safety of motorcyclists. A motorcyclist must mainly consider certain actions: to indicate his change of direction with his turn signals, without suddenly disengaging; not to zigzag on the road, to be careful of speeding, especially in curves, because knowing how to limit speed is essential to prevent road accidents. Besides, he must learn to brake effectively. To do this, the use of both brakes (rear then front) is useful. If the ground is wet, for example, it is important to avoid braking too hard in order to control the vehicle properly.
Other motorbike safety rules
Apart from the rules concerning motorbike safety mentioned above, there are others that should not be neglected either. Indeed, motorcyclists must also make sure to respect the safety distance. It is therefore necessary to leave a distance between the motorbike and the vehicles around it. Motorcyclists should also be wary of traps such as intersections, road markings, blind spots, wet pavements and parked vehicles. When approaching an intersection, for example, motorcyclists should slow down and signal their intentions. When cornering, it is essential that to be careful not to be overconfident. It is therefore important to avoid taking a bend too close to the shoulder. Finally, the last rule of motorbike safety that deserves to be respected is to never forget to check the weather forecast before setting off on the bike. In fact, there are weather conditions that you must adapt to when riding a motorbike. So, the motorcyclist must always be vigilant on the road when it is rainy, foggy or windy.
Additional tips to put into practice
The saying goes on, “prevention is better than cure”, the following motorbike safety tips are a must for motorcyclists. It is therefore strongly recommended that you follow them to the letter. First of all, motorcyclists are advised to wear a helmet. Indeed, protection is necessary because without a helmet, a minor accident could well turn into a fatal head injury. Furthermore, it is essential that the motorcyclist chooses the motorbike that suits him or her, i.e., choose the one that he or she will be able to ride and control well. Next, the rider must be in good shape when riding a motorbike. Since riding a motorbike requires concentration and physical effort, if the biker is tired, it can lead to a drop in alertness. Finally, it is strongly recommended that motorcyclists stay vigilant if they have a passenger or luggage since the motorbike’s behaviour will be different in this case.