Like driving a car, riding a motorcycle is something that you must learn how to do and that you must practice in order to do safely. Unfortunately, some riders fail to do this and cause their own serious motorcycle accidents—the last thing you want to do. Here, we explain crucial motorcycle skills and maneuvers that you want to utilize every time you get on your bike.
Important Rider Skills and Maneuvers That Can Keep You Safe
Before you begin to learn how to ride your motorcycle, you need to purchase safety gear, such as armored clothing, boots, gloves, and a DOT-approved helmet. These items should be worn at all times to give you some protection if you are involved in an accident. Here are important motorcycle skills and riding maneuvers you should know:
- Braking. When braking, it is important to remember that it will take you longer to break the faster you are going and when the roads are wet or icy. Begin by putting pressure on the front and back brakes at the same time with more pressure on the front brake, where you want most of the weight. Then you will release the pressure on the back brake while increasing the pressure on the front one. As your motorcycle slows, you will need to release the brakes to avoid your tires locking. You do this by slowly applying pressure to the rear brake while releasing them both. Practice braking in a parking lot so that you know what you can do no matter what the conditions are when you are riding in traffic.
- Stopping distance. It is important to understand your motorcycle’s stopping distance and how dramatically your speed can affect the distance you need to stop. For example, if you are riding at 30 miles per hour, you would need approximately 33 feet to safely stop. When you increase your speed to 60 miles per hour, you need to start stopping about 134 feet before you must stop.
- Lane control. When riding on a highway with three lanes, the far left lane is safest if there is a shoulder. The right lane is not a good lane to be in because of the constant merging traffic. The middle lane could be safer if the left lane has no shoulder. Whatever lane you are in, avoid riding in a driver’s blind spot. Also, do not engage in lane splitting unless it is legal to do so and you are following the rules.
- Turns. When making a turn, you must learn to proficiently lean to counterbalance the centrifugal force attempting to throw the bike to the outside of the turn. All bikes are different, so it is a good idea to practice turning as well as braking before taking the bike into traffic.
There are many other driving techniques that you need to know. The best way to learn them may be to take a motorcycle driving course. Other techniques you need to know how to perform include:
- Shifting and matching your gears to your speed
- Stopping suddenly
- Performing limited-space maneuvers
- Negotiating curves
- Avoiding hazards and other objects
- Making sharp turns
Even if you ride your motorcycle safely, you could still suffer catastrophic injuries caused by a negligent driver. To learn how to hold him accountable for compensating you for your lost wages, medical bills, and more, call our office today to schedule your free case evaluation.
Category: Motorcyle Accidents
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