6 Safety Tips for Female Motorcyclists
There’s no denying that motorcycles are cool, fun and fuel-efficient. But it’s also true that riding a motorcycle is more risky than driving a car. The reality is, a crash as a motorcyclist is about 30 times more likely to be fatal than as a motorist, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
This due to the fact that motorcycles have absolutely no protection between the river and the asphalt. Here are 8 ways to keep your rides incident-free.
1. Gear up. Wear the proper clothing when riding a motorcycle. You can go for extreme protection with leathers or reinforced jackets, pants and boots. Helmet is a must and you should always wear gloves.
2. Stay in the comfort zone. Know your abilities and make sure that neither your chosen route nor motorcycle is more than you can handle.
3. Inspect your ride. Give your bike a good once-over before hitting the road. Things you should check out every time you get on your motorcycle include tire pressure, mirrors and lights.
4. Use your head. To keep cognizant of your surroundings and your position in relationship to those around you, you need to use your head, not just the mirrors.
5. Watch the road. As a motorcyclist, you need to pay attention to the road you are riding on. Err on the side of caution when going into curves; be vigilant for potential gravel or other unstable road conditions.
6. Find your happy place. One of the biggest dangers to a rider is getting on your bike in the wrong state of mind. Riding angry, drowsy or distracted can be a recipe for disaster.
Additional Tips –
Know the forecast. Weather is a regular foil to perfect driving conditions and the dangers of wet or icy roads multiply when you’re on two wheels. Lack of visibility is a rider’s worst nightmare. Make sure two isn’t a crowd. You need to make sure you are comfortable with a passenger and also make sure that your passenger knows how to do their part to make sure the ride stays safe.