Summer, the days are long and the nights are short. People jet off on holiday and the roads are getting busy with happy campers, meaning more risks for those who like to hop on to their motorbike for a nice summer drive down windy country roads. The best tip I received when I learnt to drive was to always assume that everyone around you on the road are idiots, so it’s important that you aren’t so you can keep yourself and your passenger safe on the road. With that in mind, we’ve put together our top tips to keep you safe on the road
The Importance of Staying Safe On A Motorbike
Bikers are a lot more vulnerable to crashes than any other road user, in fact the stats are terrifying. In the year ending June 2018 17,210 motorcyclists were reported to have suffered a casualty on the roads in the UK and 5,760 bikers were killed. The decrease in these statistics doesn’t necessarily mean that the roads are getting safer so it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings for all motorists.
How To Stay Safe On The Roads As A Motorcyclist
Going on a summers drive is enjoyable but summer gives us thunderstorms and other surprise weather conditions which will affect the roads and how you drive on them can save your life and the lives of others. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks to stay safe on the roads this summer and every summer after:
Check Your Bike – Before you get ready to take on the world make sure you do a quick walk around your bike to confirm that everything is in working order. Especially your horn, indicators and brake lights. The sheer amount of people on the roads that don’t use or check them is ridiculous. Tyres and chains should also be checked regularly.
Check International Laws – If planning to go on an international road trip you may need to take a motorcycle training course as traffic laws may be different in different countries.
Research Your Route – It’s best to ride in accordance to your ability. A lot of roads may seem easy at first glance, but when you combine a hairpin turn with too high of a speed, you’re going to get thrown off your bike and into some shrubbery, if you’re lucky. If the road in front is wide and without traffic it is okay to hit the speed limit that’s set for that road.
Ride Within Your Means – When you are fortunate enough to buy a new bike it’s essential that you buy the best bike for your riding skill. If you took a long break from your bike, you may be shocked by the performance of today’s motorbikes; they have a lot more horsepower than they did a decade ago. Make sure it’s kitted out with anti-lock brakes. These will give you more control of the bike’s steering and they will prevent your bike from skidding.
Avoid Bad Weather – Thunderstorms and torrential rain may be rare in the UK, but they happen within the heights of summer when the cold air mixes with the hot air creating those huge Cumulonimbus clouds. Try to avoid driving when those are hovering over the horizon because when there’s water on the road the risk of aquaplaning increases significantly.
Wear Protective Clothing – This one may seem like an obvious choice, but there are people who choose to ignore it and do their own thing whilst risking their life. Wear the right clothes. Sandals, shorts and skirts do not count as protective clothing. If you come off your bike wearing those, you are going to end up with more than a bloody knee. The gear you wear should provide you protection against all of the debris, bugs, road rash and wind chill.
Brief Your Passenger – If you need to take a friend on a trip to the seaside make sure they are aware of how to behave on the road. Shouldn’t be too difficult. Just sit tight and enjoy the ride.
Ride On Positivity – Lastly, ride when you’re in a good mood. It may sound silly but driving in a bad mood can put you and others in a considerable amount of danger. Make sure you have had enough sleep because it’s notoriously difficult to rub your eyes with a helmet and gloves on. Plan your journeys when you are in a good mental space and have a healthy fitness level.
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