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Driving motorcycles defensively could save lives

For some people, driving a motorcycle is their preferred mode of transportation. The sense of freedom and connection with their surrounds is enjoyable enough to outweigh the potential dangers. However, the best motorcyclists are the ones that recognize the dangers of sharing the roads with other drivers and who factor those potential hazards into the way they drive.

Even though there are many positive aspects of driving a motorcycle, there is no denying that doing so comes with a lot of risk. A large part of that risk comes from other drivers. Just because you know the rules of the road and abide by them does not mean that every other driver on the road does the same. With this in mind, there are some precautions you can take to make your ride as safe as possible.

Defensive driving

When sharing the road with other vehicles, there are some factors you want to keep in mind.

· Blind spots - Every vehicle has blind spots and drivers are responsible for knowing about them and checking them when they move around on roads. Unfortunately, many drivers are not as diligent with checking their blind spots as other drivers would like. Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, they are also more difficult to see. Knowing where the blind spots are for cars and trucks will help you to stay visible.

· Room to react - It can be easy to forget that motorcycles and cars need a similar amount of time to react well to events on the road. Many motorcyclists forget this and end up tailgating because the distance between them and other vehicles seems appropriate relative to their size. Always give yourself more room than you think you need to react well to the actions of other vehicles.

· Confidence - Knowing the rules of the road and your route on the road will help you to move confidently and predictably. The goal is to make yourself as predictable as possible for other drivers so you can all work to avoid accidents.

Other tips

There are many things you can do before even getting on your motorcycle that will make riding a safer experience.

· Make sure your motorcycle works - It is always a good idea to quickly run through your motorcycle before riding to make sure that all the safety features function and that your bike will not break down on the road.

· Wear appropriate safety gear - Even though it is not legally required in some states, research has shown that wearing protective gear like a helmet, goggles, gloves and protective clothing all go a long way to prevent serious injury in case of an accident. It may not always be convenient, but your life is worth more than a slight inconvenience.

There are many additional resources for learning how to drive safely on the road, but if you find that you have legal questions regarding driving a motorcycle or an accident involving a motorcycle, it is highly recommended that you seek out the services of a knowledgeable and experienced legal professional.

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