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.
The spring season is right around the corner across the country. With the change of seasons bearing down on us, you are likely itching at getting back on your motorcycle and hitting the road. You need to make sure that the bike is ready for all that spring will throw at it and you when out riding. Here are some tips for preparing your motorcycle for spring.
Authorities say that a 22-year-old man was killed when a Nissan Pathfinder turned left into the path of his motorcycle at about 8:20 p.m. on July 17. The crash took place 3400 block of Santa Maria Way in Orcutt when the motorcycle traveling westbound collided with the vehicle.
There are a number of myths about motorcycle safety that cyclists in California should be familiar with. For example, leather is not just for fashion. It helps prevent scrapes and cuts in an accident. That full-faced helmets restrict visibility is another myth. The Department of Transportation requires all such helmets to be constructed so that peripheral vision is unaffected. Furthermore, unlike open-face helmets, they protect from bugs, weather and other distractions that may also be impediments to safety.