Tuesday, December 16, 2008

How to Avoid the Accidents on the Road

By Jenny Carson

Most of us associate riding motorcycle with accidents. This is because of the risk one faces when he rides a motorcycle. Your body is exposed as opposed to your state when riding a four-wheeled vehicle. Aside from that, most drive their motorcycles really fast and this scares a lot of people.

However, driving this ride is not as dangerous as it looks. The drivers can take several precautionary measures to avoid accidents in the street. Here are some of the tips drivers can follow to ensure safety on the road while riding their motorcycle:

1. Proper training is important. Most people who encounter accidents are those who do not have proper training. Many people think that once they learn how to start the engine, balance the bike, and maneuver the wheels, they can already take on the road. It does not work that way. You have to know what you need to do in certain circumstances. Sporting your Harley Davidson boots will not do the trick. You have to know your limitations and the limitations of your ride.

2. Make sure that you are visible. The primary cause of accident is that other drivers cannot see the other drivers. To be visible, wear something bright. You can also use reflective materials. You have to be extra careful in the dark. It is better to assume that other drivers cannot see you so that you will be more cautious. Do not forget to use your headlight as well.

3. Wear the right gears especially your helmet. Many lives could have been saved if the riders only wore their helmets. It is also important that you are comfortable with what you are wearing. If you are comfortable, you will be able to focus on the road better because you will not worry about what your outfit.

4. Keep your distance. You have to allocate enough space for other motorists. Do not stay too close to the vehicle in front of you or the car behind you. Do the same when you are sharing the lane with another car.

5. Be careful when driving. Keep your eye on the road. Through this, you will have ample time to avoid possible problems with the road ahead. Communicate with other drivers as well by using the right signals. This includes your position on the lane and signal lights. This is also the reason why you need to have proper training when riding a motorcycle.

It is very important that you are very much awake when you are driving. That is why do not drink and attempt to drive. Alcohol can affect your responsiveness. The same is true with medicines that can make you sleepy.

Responsible driving is the key to avoiding accidents. You may look cool with your expensive shades and shiny Harley Davidson boots but people will not think so if you are not careful with your driving. To avoid accidents on the road, follow traffic rules properly. Do not risk your safety just because you want to show off your moves.

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