Every motorcyclist knows the dangers he or she faces out on the road: being cut off by cars entering from side streets, potholes and soft shoulders, wet or icy pavement, shoddy safety equipment, semi-truck drivers that don’t see them—the list goes on. What can a driver do to stay safe? For one thing, they can avoid risky behaviors as they ride. For another, they can check out these safety recommendations.
Safety Measures Bikers Should Take
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), nearly 5,000 motorcyclists are killed in crashes each year. That’s 56 riders per every 100,000 registered motorcycles, compared to only nine drivers killed per 100,000 registered passenger cars. In their recent report, the III identified the following four safety recommendations that, if heeded, could save lives:
- Motorcycle Training Courses. Taking a motorcycle training course can make all the difference. Many hazards to riders can be avoided with skilled riding. Knowing when and how to accelerate out of dangerous situations, how to maneuver your bike around obstacles, and how to stop a fast, heavy bike on a dime can all be life-saving skills. Training courses also stress the importance of helmets and safety gear.
- Antilock Braking Systems (ABS). Because motorcycles have front and rear brakes that operate independently of each other, it is easy to lock the brakes and flip a bike. With ABS, the rider can brake as hard as he needs without locking up the brakes. The proof of the effectiveness of this fairly new safety feature is in the numbers: bikes with ABS are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash and 30 percent less likely to have a collision claim in the first 90 days of an insurance policy than bikes without ABS.
- Helmets. The importance of wearing a helmet cannot be overstated. It is estimated that, in 2013, helmets saved 1,630 lives. An additional 715 riders would have been saved by wearing a helmet. Given the hazards you are already facing on the road, this life-saving gear is a no-brainer.
- State Helmet Laws. No one likes to be told what to do, but the fact is that in states that require helmet use, 89 percent of riders wear a helmet. In states with no law, only 48 percent wear helmets. While Missouri does have a universal helmet law, Kansas does not. Make the right choice and wear a helmet.
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