Residents of Northern California may want to learn more about how to stay safe when riding on a motorcycle. Safety should be a priority, so even the most experienced rider may want to brush up on some safety practices for every ride.
Ride like a driver cannot see you
This means staying conscious of how visible you are to other drivers on the road. Always maintain a cushion of space between you and the car or truck up ahead. Increase your distance as your visibility to drivers decreases.
Stay within your comfort levels
Don’t let a situation that causes panic to happen. Motorcycle riders should constantly evaluate their own skills and stay within their comfort level. Panic only leads to mistakes, which can be deadly. Practice new skills in an empty parking lot, on a track or in another controlled environment.
Your escape plan
Motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles might not need to happen. Positioning yourself to the side of the car in front of you offers an escape if the car approaching from the rear does not stop. Even if you can’t stop, at least you won’t be stuck between the car in front of you and the car behind you.
Getting away from a driver’s blind spot as soon as possible is being proactive. This is another escape plan when it’s necessary.
Lane positions matter
Having a good lane position allows you to see oncoming hazards as well as allowing others to see you. Get familiar with which lane positions will maximize your sight, visibility and seeing the stopping distance required by a vehicle driver.
Motorcycle riders, as well as drivers, can make the road safer for everyone. Being smart while riding may help prevent an accident.