Warm weather is quickly approaching, and that can only mean one thing for many Mississippi residents: the motorcycles are coming out to play. Most are aware of the inherent dangers of motorcycle riding — especially when compared to the protection of a regular vehicle — but it is easy to get carried away with the thrills of riding itself. Below are a few tips cyclists can keep in mind when getting out alongside other, potentially distracted drivers.
Before picking up a few safety tips, riders can look to the typical factors involved in accidents across the country. The Insurance Information Institute shares that speeding and alcohol are the top two factors in motorcycle crashes; the type and design of bikes also play a role in accidents. For instance, the III states that supersport motorcycles, which are used most commonly for racing, pose a higher risk to riders than other types of bikes. The III also reported that older motorcyclists were more prone to dangerous wrecks than younger drivers, with decrease in vision and reaction time causing a large majority of wrecks.
Cycle World provides motorcycle enthusiasts with a number of safety tips, claiming that one’s mindset has much to do with his or her level of safety on the road. If motorcyclists set out with the understanding that drivers can, and in many times will, drive dangerously, proper precautions can already be in place. Part of this step, according to Cycle World, involves predicting traffic. Cyclists can keep eyes peeled for the flow of traffic, maintaining caution especially around exits — places where cars are prone to making last-minute turns. Cycle World urges cyclists to judge cars; battered cars generally reflect the driving skills of the person behind the wheel. Motorcyclists can also keep a lookout for distracted drivers. Those texting or tailgating other cars usually present red flags to surrounding motorcyclists. These are just a few of the many safety tips cyclists can keep in their back pockets for the next adventure on the road.