With spring here and summer just around the corner, it's a good time to remind people about motorcycle safety. The police in California are doing that, pointing out that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Police in Union City, specifically, asked drivers to do what they can to prevent fatal collisions.
With summer just around the corner, it's best to understand how to stay safe when you take out your motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle is potentially dangerous, and if a driver doesn't see you or stop in time, you could end up in a serious or fatal collision.
Remaining safe while riding a motorcycle requires ongoing alertness and presence of mind to avoid all the hazards that may easily kill the rider and others. While driving any vehicle has some inherent risks, motorcyclists face a number of threats that other drivers do not face.
You might be tempted to believe that new technological advances in motorcycle safety have contributed to a declining number of motorcycle-related fatalities in the last 10 years, but you'd be wrong. In fact, the number of motorcyclists on the road and the number deaths attributed to motorcycling has remained relatively stagnant since 2007. Death percentages have actually risen slightly.
Motorcycles are a common sight in California, so drivers should know that they need to keep an eye out for these open vehicles. When car and truck drivers aren't cautious, crashes can occur. Without the protection of a vehicle frame and body, motorcyclists can be seriously injured or killed in these crashes.
Not much focus is given to motorcycle passengers. Passengers perch on small seats behind the rider, lightly grasping the driver around the chest or hips. Never by the shoulders, as this puts the passenger in control of steering the bike, and that's always a bad idea.
There are a lot of little perks that come with riding a motorcycle. Better gas mileage is one of them. The ability to move through even very congested traffic is another.
If you're not doing everything you can to avoid vehicle collisions while you're riding a motorcycle - and if you're not constantly attentive to safety and defensive driving - you're putting your life at risk every time you get on the road. Motorcycle riding doesn't have to be like "Russian Roulette." Yes, it will always be dangerous and come with serious risks, but if you adhere to the following motorcycle safety tips, you can significantly reduce your chances of being involved in a collision.
Motorcyclists begin to head out on the roads more often in the spring, even here in California. Other motorists are more likely to be expecting them on the roads. The trouble is that motorcycles are still dangerous, and you can get badly hurt if you get into a crash.
If you ride a motorcycle often, then you know what it feels like to have someone pull out in front of you with little time to spare. These near-misses make you worry about your safety on the roads, as they should. There's a legitimate reason behind why you're at a higher risk than others on the roads.