Follow these Religiously and Make your Ride Safer!
Motorcycling is a great fun! But we all know that riding a bike can be much more dangerous than driving a car. The probability increases if the driver himself drives in a not so mature or sophisticated way.
A motorcycle rider can be overlooked more easily and the vehicle itself can become difficult to control in dangerous situations.
Now all these facts cannot prevent us from getting on the bike, but what we can do atleast, is to observe and follow certain things that will probably make us arrive at our destination safely.
Expect The Unexpected
Hmmm! I could have changed the title to something that doesn't sound so much thrilling but I chose not to. You know why? Because I see that over a period of time some riders tend to ride their machines as if they are riding a jet plane and there's no one else in the sky.
Guys! Understand that even if the roads may appear clear at times depending upon the location or the time you chose to travel - you still need to be fully aware that there can be some unexpected potholes, speed breakers, watery surface, sudden obstacles and what not, which may not appear at once but when they do the situation only gets worst.
Also even if you think you are a great and a safe rider, still you can't be 100% sure if the driver next to you or nearby you is the same.
Hence, you should always ride at a not so insane or should I say foolish speed, be prepared to brake and expect others to make mistakes.
Yeah those indicating lights which are there on the front and on the rear side of your bike, that are used to let others know which way you are planning to turn.
Literally guys its very disappointing to see that some riders (in this case many riders actually) with machines don't use this feature, while the rickshaw puller who don't even have such indicating lights installed on his rickshaw uses his hands to let everyone know where he is about to turn, to avoid any accidents.
So always maintain the habit of using your turn indicators, not only will this increase the probability of a safe ride, but will also encourage others to do the same. As humans tend to behave and do things as per the experience they gain from their surroundings. Basic human psychology.
Remember the more riding experience means you should ride more maturely and educate others to do the same.
Know Your Baby
Now despite you take the basic safety measures while driving, a bad surprise can await you at any time, and this surprise will be given non-other than from your very own baby i.e. your own motorcycle.
However, this can only happen if you are not well versed with your machine, i.e. if you don't know how it will react in unusual circumstances, such as: loss of grip, emergency avoidance, sudden braking at low, medium or high speed, in a straight line or in a curve, on dry or wet roads, etc.
So make sure you are well versed with the type of bike you have and with its response to different situations and then accordingly drive and handle your machine.
Use Your Ears Too
Personally speaking I do feel that it is true that music makes you travel. However, when you do in fact practically travel on your bike with both your ears plugged in deep inside with loud music, chances are you may be unintentionally planning some godly destination due to increase in the risk of collision.
Friends not only this habit of plugging in the earplugs deeply with loud music negatively affects your ears, but also prevent you from listening to the vehicles horns, voices or maybe any possible caution warning messages (for e.g. gas leak, oil leak, etc.) from other drivers that may result in a very critical situation.
When you are on the road you should always be alert with the surroundings not only with your eyes but with your ears as well.
Few suggests that if not two than at least a rider can use one earplug and leave the other ear open to remain alert with the traffic. But personally speaking unless you are on some what empty road with very few vehicles, trying to use of only one earplug on a normal road will not make the music quite audible and then as a normal behaviour you gona increase the volume which as a result gona negatively affect your ear.
Instead its better to avoid using earplugs at all. And by the way why not sing a song yourself if you really want some entertainment? Does seem practicle no?
Key To Safe Riding In Group
Riding solo or riding in group, both have their own good experience and enjoyment.
However, when you ride in group there is one very interesting thing you all can do, it is to make the most safest rider of your group to ride in the very front while the rest of you follow him.
This will make a huge difference, as you'll not have to face the difficulty of catching up with each others, in addition the experience and matureness of the chosen leading rider will make all of your group's journey safe.
Stay Away From These Motorists
If you observe a motorcyclist driving in a zig-zag pattern or making certain sudden stops in between or drives slowly, chances are either he is lost or on a phone.
Avoid getting near to such drivers, they are often lost and at times make a sudden move increasing a chance of collision from an oncoming vehicle behind.
Similarly if you notice a car driver on phone, directly or via his side mirror, or if there are group of people inside the car then maintain a proper distance from them because often at times they argue and pay less attention when driving.
Maintain Visibility In Dark Tunnel
If you want to maintain good visibility while entering into a dark tunnel, then try closing any one of your eye shortly before the tunnel. And then reopen it when you are in the tunnel.
An another tip is to blink your eyes a few times very quickly.
These methods help the eyes to adapt to the low light.
You'll be amazed to see how these small things help you and provide you with a joyful and a safe riding experience.
Feel free to share any of your safety measures with us all in the comments below.
So, do you think you meet all of these basic yet so important criterias?