Motorcycle and scooter safety tips for new and experienced riders.
With spring finally upon us, it’s time to dust off your bike and hit the open road. Before you do, whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting out, it’s always a good idea brush up on your safety skills. Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the road this spring.
Use your head – wear a helmet
Studies show that when worn correctly, wearing an approved helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by 85%. Not only are you required to wear a helmet by law (this includes passengers) but they are effective at preventing head injuries at speeds around 50 km/h – the speed when most motorcycle crashes happen.
Drivers can’t avoid you if they can’t see you. Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothing (especially at night) and make sure your headlights are working properly. It’s also important, whether you are riding a motorcycle or scooter, to avoid vehicle blind spots. Err on the side of caution and never assume a driver can see you.
The best way to stay safe on your bike is to stay alert. Scan the road 12 to 15 seconds ahead so you have time to prepare and avoid potential hazards like potholes and loose gravel. Be aware of your surroundings, slow down and drive according to road and weather conditions.
As a fellow driver, it’s your responsibility to ride according to the rules of the road. For motorcycles and scooters, this means riding in the same direction as traffic and in the tire track farthest from the curb. When changing lanes, tire tracks or turning, always signal and make sure it’s clear before you proceed.
If you are a new rider it’s important to take professional rider training before you hit the road, and if you are experienced, it’s never too late to brush up on your riding skills. SSM knows motorcycle safety – learn more about our motorcycle training courses.