Motorcycle Safety Tips

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Motorcycles are more dangerous than cars due to more severe consequences if an accident occurs. A motorcyclist is more likely to die in a crash typically than a car or truck driver. To avoid accidents when riding a motorcycle it is important to pay serious attention to safety. Many accidents can be avoided through education and practicing safe riding techniques. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind when riding a motorcycle.

  • Wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of head injuries in an accident. Many deaths that have occurred due to not wearing a helmet could have been prevented if the motorcyclist had been wearing a helmet. It is also illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Oregon.
  • Get a motorcycle license. In Oregon you can obtain a motorcycle endorsement through the DMV.  For more information visit oregon.gov.
  • Get professional training. Most bikers who are involved in accidents either taught themselves or were taught by a friend. Professional training could help save your life when riding.
  • Don’t drink and ride. Not only is it illegal to drink and ride a motorcycle but it is also extremely dangerous. Many single motorcycle accidents involve alcohol and can be easily prevented.
  • Wear protective clothing. Wearing loose clothing can impair your vision. Make sure your clothing is made of abrasion-resistant material and fits close to the body. Choose bright colors to make sure other motorists can see you.
  • Maintain your bike. Take care of your motorcycle by making sure it is in excellent condition for your safety. Frequently check tires, headlamps and turn signals as well as your engine and brakes.
  • Don’t share lanes. No one expects two vehicles to be in one lane. Drivers will not notice if a motorcycle is in their lane. Motorists may make a quick lane change or drift in their lane, which can cause a serious accident if a motorcycle is sharing.
  • Educate yourself on the common causes of motorcycle accidents. Learn about common accidents and what situations might cause them. Having this knowledge can help you take extra care in certain situations to avoid an accident.
  • Avoid road hazards. Debris in the road or slick conditions are more dangerous for motorcycles than cars. Pay attention to signs and signals that hazards may be approaching and adjust your driving accordingly.