There are thousands of licensed motorcycles in the state of Georgia. Unfortunately, that also means that there are thousands of motorcycle crashes each year. Most of those crashes are the result of some commonly made mistakes.
Assuming you’re seen
While most motorcycles are louder than cars, there’s no denying they’re harder for motorists to see. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are the result of motorcyclists assuming that someone in a vehicle sees them. Experts agree that defensive driving is even more important on motorcycles than in vehicles.
An adage among motorcyclists says that you should always dress for the wreck. Even when summertime temperatures soar, dressing in flip-flops, shorts, and other non-protective clothing leads to serious injuries in motorcycle crashes. Protective gear may not be as comfortable, but it can prevent serious injuries.
Practice makes perfect
Experts agree that motorcycle training courses are a great idea for everyone, including those who ride regularly. While these courses typically focus on new riders, there’s nothing wrong with brushing up on your motorcycle skills. A lack of practice can create several problems when riding on a busy highway.
Going into a curve with too much speed leads to motorcyclists losing control. This is avoidable by paying attention to posted speed limits and becoming familiar with your motorcycle’s limits.
Be prepared for passengers
While taking someone with you on your motorcycle is tempting, riding with a passenger before you’re ready can create several problems. A second body on your motorcycle changes weight distribution, how the bike handles and virtually every other aspect of the ride.
Studies indicate that motorcyclists are 29% more likely to die in a crash than people in vehicles. Avoiding some common mistakes is a great way to avoid wrecking your motorcycle.