Motorcycles are vulnerable vehicles on the roadway. Due to their size, they are at risk of a driver not seeing them. In collisions with vehicles, bikers typically end up with the worst injuries. It is also highly likely that a crash will result in death. Due to this, it is important that drivers are always on the look out for motorcycles.
When it comes down to it, though, you, the motorcycle rider, are the only person who can ensure your safety when riding a motorcycle. The National Safety Council recommends that you learn how to be a safe rider to avoid motorcycle accidents. There are a few things that you should do to protect yourself.
Understand your skill level
You should never ride in a situation that is too much for you to handle. This includes riding in bad weather and carrying a passenger. Make sure you do not push yourself beyond your abilities. If you want to increase your skills, consider taking a safety course.
Be a defensive driver
Since you are most at risk, you should always drive defensively. Make sure that drivers see you and react appropriately if you are unsure. Be careful and follow all road rules, which means not weaving in and out of lanes or speeding. In addition, never get on your bike after drinking.
Make yourself visible
Understand that you are hard to see and simply telling drivers to watch out for you may not be enough to avoid an accident. Wear bright clothing. Use your headlight all the time. Make sure you avoid known blind spots.