If you’re a motorcycle rider, motorcycle safety is extremely important to learn. Safety when operating any motorized vehicle is important however motorcyclists fall into the vulnerable road users’ category according to the Road Safety in Canada 2011 report from Transport Canada. Motorcyclists don’t have a vehicle frame or airbags to protect them in an accident. Without this type of protection, injuries in motorcycle accidents can be life threatening.
Here’s a look at some of the figures regarding motorcycle safety. According to that Road Safety report, vulnerable road users (including motorcyclists) are 25 percent of Canadian traffic fatalities. Some of fatalities could have been avoided using basic motorcycle safety skills. 33 percent of fatalities involved alcohol and 38 percent were a result of speed. The Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Statistics reports that motorcycle fatalities have been on the increase with an almost 11 percent increase from the past years.
One of the ways, injury lawyers in Oakville suggest that such fatalities can be reduced is with a graduated license program and a more comprehensive text for riders that includes training for detecting danger and what riders can do to avoid an impending accident.
Fast Tips: Motorcycle Safety
Increasing motorcycle safety isn’t a complicated process. Here’s a look at some of the simple things a rider can do to make the motorcycle riding experience as safe as possible.
• Wear protective gear at all times including proper eyewear, a well fitted helmet, closed two footwear and proper outer gear. Leather is often a good choice for outer gear because it’s strong and durable. Reflective clothing while driving at night is also a good idea.
• Select a motorcycle that’s a good fit for you and your driving abilities. More power isn’t always the best option if you’re unable to control it.
• Take proper training classes. This is doubly important if you plan to take passengers. If you’re not sure where the good types of classes are, check out the Ministry of Transportation website for classes that are recommended or approved by the Canadian Safety Council.
• Keep the motorcycle well maintained. Lights and directional signals should be working. Brakes must be in good order.
• Be sure to use your directional signals so that drivers in vehicles know where you are going and what you plan to do next.
• Do not operate a motorcycle while impaired. While impairment from drugs or alcohol may seem like a standard thing to avoid, you should also be mindful that there are other types of distracted driving. Texting may not be as common, on a bike as in a car, but it’s still something to be avoided. Be aware that a Bluetooth conversation, while legal, can also be distracting while driving a motorcycle.
• All vehicle drivers have a blind spot. Learn where those blind spots are and then stay away from them. This means avoiding driving in those blinds spots. Riding in the middle of the lane will make you more visible to vehicle drivers.
• Be aware of the surface you’re driving on. While a pothole can be jolting for a person driving a car or truck, it can be devastating for a person on a motorcycle by causing them to be jolted off the motorcycle or causing them to lose control.
• Also be aware that driving in the rain on a motorcycle can be more hazardous since there are only two wheels to grip a wet, slick surface.