No matter how much you paid for your motorcycle gear, your safety helmet and all of your other accessories, there is nothing that can keep you as safe as you can keep yourself when you are on a motorcycle. This is not to say that safety equipment does not help, because it certainly does. However, being a safe rider and avoiding accidents is far better than having gear that can help you if you are in an accident. You want to do both, and you can ride for years without a single incident. These tips can help you stay safe on your bike.
1. Check the weather report.
It is more dangerous to ride in rain and fog, when you can not see very well. If you have to be somewhere, check the weather report before heading out on your bike. Try to plan around any storms.
2. Put your bike away for the winter.
The most dangerous thing for a biker is ice. When the winter comes, if you live in an area with a lot of ice and snow, you need to put it away. Do not try to push it and ride too late into the season.
3. Assume that other drivers are going to make mistakes.
The more reaction time that you have, the easier it is going to be for you to avoid potential problems, like drivers who are drifting into your lane or running red lights. Always assume that they are going to make mistakes so that you see them before you are in danger.
4. Assume that those drivers will not see you.
Similarly, you have to assume that some drivers are not going to see you. This is the main reason that motorcycles are in accidents. Drivers are so used to looking for big SUVs that they do not notice a motorcycle and merge right into it. Assume they will not see you and stay out of their blind spots.
5. Know when to ditch the bike.
You would be surprised to know how many people have ditched their bikes, laying them down on their sides and sliding on the pavement, and walked away with barely a scratch. Your leather gear should protect you from the pavement, but not from a crash. Do not worry about damaging the bike itself, and do not be afraid to lay the bike down if you need to.