Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycle enthusiasts are looking forward to the freedom that comes with riding on the open road and beginners may be shopping around for their dream bike to take on the road this spring and summer. However, the facts cannot be ignored: according to ICBC, in 2016, 940 motorcyclists were injured in 1500 crashes. On average, 12 motorcyclists are killed each year in the lower mainland.
We’ve gathered some safety tips to ensure motorcyclists are as safe as possible while riding.
Prepare Your Motorcycle for Safety
You can have years of motorcycle riding experience, but if your bike has mechanical issues, nothing will prevent you from getting into an accident resulting in a severe injury.
- Always inspect your bike before every ride
- Ensure tires don’t have bulges or cracks
- Tire pressure should be at the proper level
- Check to make sure your horn and turn signals are working
- Ensure mirrors are in the appropriate position for blind spots
- Check fluid levels weekly
- Make sure your brakes, throttle, and clutch are working properly
- Check for leaks
Always Wear Proper Riding Gear
You may be tempted to wear your casual wear before jumping on your motorcycle, but think about the injuries you could prevent by wearing adequate riding gear that was designed for sudden impact. If you are in an accident, the friction from your body against the pavement alone can cause serious damage if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
Even if you are driving a short distance it’s integral that you wear the proper riding gear to protect your entire body in the event of an accident:
- Wear adequate riding gloves, not standard work gloves. Riding gloves are made to protect your hands from trauma; while work gloves are made from thinner, weaker materials and will not protect you.
- Always protect your head! Wear a full-face helmet to cover your face and head from possible injury.
- Wear proper riding pants designed for motorcycle riding – you may see a lot of riders out there wearing regular jeans, but if you are in a motorcycle accident, regular pants will not protect your legs from injury.
- Wear riding boots designed for motorcycle riding, not regular boots or shoes
Follow Traffic Rules & Ride Defensively
Of course, years of riding experience and motorcycle training can make all the difference in road safety, but be sure always to follow these driving tips whether you are a beginner or experienced motorcycle rider:
- Always let drivers know your intentions by using your turn signals
- Do your best to stay out of driver’s blind spots
- Ride at a safe speed at all times
- Never assume a driver has seen you or will give you the right-of-way
Don’t Ride When Impaired or Sleepy
Driving requires an alert mind, and a steady hand, which is why driving impaired is known to be one of the most dangerous decisions you can make as a driver – but what many people, especially new drivers may not realize, is that driving while tired can be just as dangerous, even fatal in some circumstances.
Know the Common Signs of Drowsiness:
- Frequent yawning
- Inability to keep your eyes open
- Trouble holding your head up
- Wandering thoughts
- Drifting into another lane
- Missing road signs or driving past turns
Motorcycle Safety: Follow these steps to prevent driver’s fatigue from setting in:
- Get a full night’s sleep before a planned trip
- Take short naps throughout the day whenever possible if you need them, especially on long trips
- Avoid consuming caffeine or other stimulants before bed
- Call for a ride or take a taxi if you’re too tired to drive
In addition, do your best to avoid these common driver’s mistakes:
- Driving when on medication that causes drowsiness
- Driving late at night, at times when you are usually sleeping
- Driving alone if you are going a longer than usual distance
Tim Louis and his compassionate and talented legal team can give you the reliable, trusted advice you need and can deal with ICBC on your behalf. If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Metro Vancouver and would like to consult with our legal team who will do everything they possibly can to get you the personal injury settlement you deserve, contact us today for a free consultation at 604-732-7678.