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How can motorcyclists stay safe on the road?

Riding a motorcycle comes with plenty of benefits, but it also comes with its fair share of risks. People involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle are more likely to experience more severe injuries. Additionally, a report from the Federal Highway Administration states the number of injuries incurred while riding a motorcycle increased to 93,000 in 2012 from just 81,000 in 2011.

There are plenty of ways for motorcyclists to stay safe, including always wearing a helmet. However, it is important to know how to avoid a collision in the first place.

Remain visible at all times

Since motorcycles are smaller than standard cars, it is much more likely for one to become lost in a vehicle’s blind spot. Motorcyclists should avoid riding in such proximity to a vehicle where they become obstructed from view. They also need to keep the headlights on at all times.

Avoid getting too close to the exit ramp

Many drivers pull crazy stunts when they unexpectedly try to get to a freeway exit. They may not see a motorcyclist, so riders should avoid riding between a line of cars and the exit. The same rule holds true for motorcyclists. They should avoid crossing in front of a car to reach an exit because an accident could also happen that way.

Hone skillset

Similar to driving a car, motorcyclists should take plenty of courses to learn how to safely operate a bike and learn additional skills. While riders have to pay for these extra classes, they do come with some benefits. In addition to learning some new tricks, motorcyclists may be able to qualify for insurance discounts because they can prove they are safe riders.

Inspect bike diligently

Motorcyclists can greatly enhance safety by doing quick inspections of their bikes once in awhile. This should include a thorough examination of the brakes, shaft, belt and chain. Riders are sure to feel a lot more at ease once they know their bikes are fully functional.

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