MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS
What Can Motorcycle Riders Do to Improve their Safety?
While at the Springfield Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Ride we wanted to ask motorcyclists their thoughts on what motorcycle riders can do to make riding safer? Below are the opinions of several experienced motorcycle riders who answered this question from David.
Bobby: “I think that is a great question, one of the most important things a rider can do is if you have the opportunity to ride in groups do so. Because two headlight, four headlights, are better than one. Another thing is when you come up to an intersection it’s a great idea to make eye contact with a car or truck driver that maybe across from you at the intersection that could possible pull out in front of you. If you make eye contact you get a better sense of what they are going to do. Often times drivers don’t use turn signals; they don’t signal their intention so we really have to be on the lookout.”
Gary: “Pay attention to what they are doing; keep their mind on the road. I do not think that motorcycle riders overall are the problem. I think that car and truck drivers are the main problem because they want to talk, text, email on their phones while driving. When we ride down the highway it seems like 3 out of 5 drivers are on their phone. I’ve yet to see a motorcyclist talking on their phone or texting while riding down the highway.”
Mark: “I’m a firm believer in riding in groups, safety in numbers. Practice, practice, practice and please watch out for the other guy!”
Josh: “Be cautious of the people and vehicles around you because they might not be paying attention to you. Loud pipes do save lives.”
Joe: “If you’re riding by yourself it’s different from riding with a pack. When you’re in a pack people tend to see you better. When you are riding alone you need to make sure car and truck drivers can see you; wear bright colors. We’ve read studies and car and truck drivers often times do not see you, so you’re going to need to make sure you are doing everything in your power to be safe. Another tip would be to look and watch ahead, not just of the car or truck directly in front of you, but car ahead so you can always be alert and have plenty of time to react.”
Rick: “You need to be seen, so that is why on my bike I use a modulating headlight, which flashes so car and truck drivers can clearly see me and catches their attention. A motorcycle is not a threat when your comparing it to say a car or truck, it’s small size often gives people the feeling of a false sense of security and as a rider you have to be prepared for anything.”