Pakistan

What are the safety riding measures?

The utmost goal that you need to have in motorcycle riding is to reach your destination safety.

In the world of riding, especially motorcycle riding, it’s always a lose situation for all riders. Why? Either way, if you knock someone or someone knocks you, you will fall. Be it who’s the one at fault. But the fatal ones are always motorcyclist. A crush at 70km/hr is almost the same as dropping off from a building of 7 storey high. As a rider, I always make sure I will not be the victim of this. I live in a country where traffic is so bad; traffic jam is all around the country when it’s office rush hour; so always keep you off dangers and accidents.

Before you learn how to ride fast, you need to know how to stop fast first!

Check list that every motorcycle rider should follow:

  1. Tyre check for any cracks or bulges, or signs of wear in the treads. Low tire pressure or any defects could cause a blowout.
  2. Under the motorcycle Look for signs of oil or gas leaks.
  3. Headlight, taillight and signals Test for high and low beams. Make sure that all lights are functioning.
  4. Hydraulic and Coolant fluids Level should be checked weekly.
  5. Clutch and throttle Make sure they are working smoothly. Throttle should snap back when released.
  6. Mirrors Clean and adjust both mirrors to ensure sharpest viewing.
  7. Brakes Test front and rear brakes. Each brake should feel firm and hold the motorcycle still when fully applied.
  8. Horn Test the horn, but don’t use too much horn on road especially near schools and hospitals.
  9. Outerwear Jackets and Pants are the safest as they have a greater resistance to tearing as compared to shalwar-kameez.
  10. Always wear a helmet with a face shield or protective eye wear wearing a helmet is the best way to protect against severe head injuries. A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is five times more likely to sustain a critical head injury.
  11. Wear appropriate Make sure to wear protective clothing that will minimize the amount of injuries in case of an accident or a skid. Wearing leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles, and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries.
Consider attaching reflective tape to your clothing to make it easier for other drivers to see you. Even if you do not want to wear the armored jackets, try to wear bright colors. So other motorists can see you. And please, do not get mesh jacket. Yes, it’s cooler but it will not keep the armors in place during an event of accident. Most of riders have already encountered this. So please, get a good jacket.
  • Follow traffic rules Obey the speed limit; the faster you go the longer it will take you to stop. Be aware of local traffic laws and rules of the road.
  • Ride defensively Don’t assume that a driver can see you, as nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider’s right of way. You should always ride with your headlights on; stay out of a driver’s blind spot; signal well in advance of any change in direction; and watch for turning vehicles.
  • Keep your riding skills honed through education Complete a formal riding education program, get licensed and take riding courses from time to time to develop riding techniques and to sharpen your street-riding strategies.
  • Be awake and ride sober Don’t drink and ride, you could cause harm to yourself and others. Additionally, fatigue and drowsiness can impair your ability to react, so make sure that you are well rested when you hit the road.
On Road Safety?

When you are on road, always remember that you are not alone on the road. Other motorists are also using the road. All accidents are because of other motorist. So my advice to you when you are riding on the road is, anticipate. Anticipate what other road users are going to do. Keep a distance from them. Will they suddenly turn into my lane? Are they showing the wrong signals? All these questions should keep flashing in your mind when you are riding. Just to keep yourself from falling.Sometime Motorcycles are faster than motorcars. Best is to follow the front car’s tyre, be it left one or right one. So if there is something on the road, the car will shake once its tyres roll over it. So you will be much prepared for it.

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