Bad Motorcyclist Habits to Avoid
Despite the cool image that comes with riding a motorcycle, it’s every bit as important to remind yourself that there’s a far higher chance that a biker suffers from a serious injury than a car driver (and passengers, too). When sat in a car, you have airbags, seatbelts, and constantly-evolving technology to protect you. As a motorcyclist, you have just your helmet and your wits. If a motorcyclist is seriously hurt, it isn’t necessarily from their own doing. Often, a car driver will have failed to properly check for motorcycles before performing a manoeuvre like overtaking on the motorway or turning at a junction. There are a number of things that motorcyclists can do, however, to maintain their safety, such as enduring that they have the proper equipment. Here are some bad riding habits you’ll want to avoid that can reduce the risk of accidents while on a bike.
Dragging your feet while riding
Many beginner riders- along with those who should know better- drag their feet when riding slowly. The habit is actually an understandable one; when the bike is going slowly, the rider might feel that it’s about to fall, so they drag their feet on the floor because they think it will add stability. What actually happens, however, is that they look stupid, they wear out their shoe leather quicker, and they might even be making the bike more unstable because a sudden burst of speed with one foot on the ground will leave them unbalanced.
Wearing a shaded visor at night
It might seem obvious that it’s a bad idea for a motorcyclist to wear shaded visors (and that goes for sunglasses, too) at night. However, many motorcyclists feel that they can continue to use the same helmet, whether it’s a pitch-black ride at night or a bright and sunny day. It should go without saying that while shaded visors may be great to use in the daytime, from the evening onwards, they dramatically reduce visibility. No, they won’t prevent you from seeing light on other vehicles, but there are also pedestrians to take into account. Then there are those hazards that aren’t lit up like a Christmas tree. So get rid of the shaded visors or just buy a different hemet for riding at night.
Not looking far enough ahead on the road
While on a bike, and this is especially true of inexperienced riders, it can be tempting to keep a watchful eye on your bike and its immediate area. For the purpose of safety, however, it’s important to keep an eye head of you, only glancing occasionally at your bike to check the dashboard. If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, their best defence is that they were prepared for what was coming up on the road ahead of them. That’s why the majority of motorcyclists sit straight up and keep their eyes facing forward, as opposed to looking down or from side to side at other vehicles.