Safety Tips for Riding Your Motorcycle

In town or on the road: how to drive safely?

On a motorcycle or scooter, no bodywork to absorb shocks, no seat belts, no airbags either. Therefore, the essential rule for driving safely can be summed up in one word: plan!

With the return of sunny days, many are going to take out their motorbike from the garage, many are also those who will discover for the first time the joys and the dangers of driving a motorized two-wheeler.

Seasoned bikers will tell you: it takes several thousand kilometers to the handlebars before they can talk about experience. But this essential experience, as much to acquire it without doing the one, always painful, of the fall or the accident. Followed to the letter, the following few tips are a guarantee of safe driving.

Lets get started with below mentioned eight Utah motorcycle driving safety tips you must follow in 2020 in order to stay safe while riding a motorcycle in Utah.

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Always stay focused

No right to dream on two wheels! Learn, like skiing, to look far ahead. But in town, keep an eye on the aisles to avoid the door that a distracted motorist can open under your nose. Concentrate only on your driving and prohibit the use of a Walkman or similar. On a scooter or motorbike, all the senses must be constantly on the lookout.

Learn to “read” the behavior of motorists

Beware of cars with erratic behavior. The driver may be on the phone or looking for directions. Wait to overtake because there is a good chance that it will turn suddenly, forgetting, of course, to use its turn signal.

Distrust at intersections…

Always respect the signs (lights, stop sign, priority right and more). And even if you have priority, slow down anyway. Never force the passage. Remember that on two-wheelers, in the event of a collision, the crumpled sheet… it’s you!

…and on the roundabouts

Basic Motorcycle Safety Measures

As you are less impressive than a large 4×4, some vehicles entering the roundabout will not hesitate to force their way. Do not insist.

Also, pay attention to the traces of diesel fuel left by the trucks. It slides as much as ice! Tighten the rope as much as possible. There, the road is very unlikely to be smeared.

Respect the safety distances

Do not follow cars too closely. They can brake suddenly. And between the moment when you see their brake lights come on and the one when you start to brake, you will need a good second. Even at 40 km / h, this represents a dozen meters before you start braking. This will then depend on the state of your brakes and the grip of your tires. Remember that in the wet, stopping distances are doubled, even with a machine equipped with ABS!

Take care of your trajectories

One of the great pleasures of driving a two-wheeler is negotiating a series of turns. Never go beyond the center line, but use the entire width of the lane reserved for you to “work” your turns well. Attack the turn as far outside as possible and do not “pitch” the point of the rope until you see the exit from the turn. A tight rope point too early risks making you go too wide out of a turn with the consequences that we imagine if someone arrives opposite. Also, force yourself to brake before the turn. Once the bike is tilted, it is often too late to slow down.

Utah Motorcycle Safety tips

Carefully go up the lines of cars

This exercise requires constant attention and “surveillance” of motorists who do not always see you because of the blind spot left by their exterior mirrors. Please note that this practice, which was tolerated on the highway, seems to be increasingly sanctioned by the police in unmarked cars. To limit the risks of receiving a ticket in your mailbox (without ever having been intercepted!) Go up the queues at moderate speed. 20 km / h faster than the vehicles you pass.

Equipment: essential “accessories”

Driving a motorcycle requires having minimum equipment to ensure comfort and safety. More protective than a motorcycle, the scooter encourages you to be less demanding. A serious mistake can happen in the event of a fall, the consequences are the same.

  • Shoes: closed shoes are imperative whatever the season. Ideally, boots or high shoes fitted with non-slip soles. On a motorcycle, watch out for the laces that could get caught in the foot controls.
  • Gloves: gloves are not only used to protect hands from the cold. They will prevent you from serious burns in the event of a fall.
  • Helmet: it is the only compulsory equipment. There are two types, jet and general. The first, lighter, is pleasant to wear in summer, but it does not protect the lower face. This is why we warmly recommend the integral which offers maximum protection; you must not forget to attach it!

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