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Are you a motorcycle rider just waiting for an accident to happen? Motorcycle riding can be lots of fun for you especially when your family says, “have a great ride”, after you’ve told them you are going for a bike ride and your family knowing that you are always a cautious rider.
Inspecting your bike is a great habit to be in before you take off on the highway ride, making yourself sure your bike is ready to ride. New riders should take the motorcycle safety foundation course. This will teach you the basics to look for in a safe riding bike and if you are not familiar then by all means have it checked out by a qualified person and a good idea is to keep him as your maintenance person. A motorcycle that has regular maintenance could be the saving of a limb if your brakes give out going around a corner.
Wear motorcycle riding gear. If you hit the dirt that smart looking T-shirt will last about 5 seconds and then it’s your skin that is taking the punishment. A leather motorcycle jacket is part of the answer for protection. Riders over 40 should think about refreshing their bike riding skills as ones reflexes are not as quick as when you were 25 so a refresher course would be a good precautionary measure in sharpening those riding skills.
Defensive riding is very important, make yourself visible. Cars have a lot of blind spots and might not see you creeping up along side of them and just as you are beside them, the car driver decides to change lanes and then it’s too late to prevent an accident. Always feel that you are the defensive rider and you are on top of any situation on the highway that might occur. We know who ends up in the worst of it, in an accident between a motorcycle and a four wheel vehicle.
The weather has a lot to do with riding a motorcycle safely and even four wheel vehicles, if you have a light skiff of snow this will certainly make your road slick and especially some ice spots which could take you out of control of you vehicle in seconds. Along with colder weather one has to be very careful in highway driving after a spell of warm weather and it starts to rain, your road is well greased from vehicle exhausts and makes it very dangerously slippery especially at intersections when vehicles are stopping and accelerate to move on spewing out oil from their tail pipes.
write by Adrianne Bartrum