Spring Driving Precautions for Motorcyclists
The beginning of spring brings a whole different set of weather and road conditions. It also brings motorcyclists to the roadways. Even the most mature and experienced motorcyclists need to be cautious while riding.
Read the following rules to avoid serious or fatal injury in a motorcycle collision.
- Take professional rider training. There is no substitute for a skilled rider with a proper safety attitude.
- Wear an approved motorcycle helmet and fasten it properly. Most crashes happen at speeds around 50km/h and helmets are very effective at preventing head injuries at those speeds.
- Wear highly visible clothing (especially at night) and make sure that your headlight is functioning properly. Always wear protective clothing and protective gear.
- Communicate with drivers in other vehicles by using proper signals, lane positions and brake lights. Try to establish eye contact with the other drivers whenever possible.
- Keep an adequate space cushion when following, being followed, sharing your lane, passing other vehicles or being passed. Slow down and adjust your speed according to road and weather conditions. Many single vehicle motorcycle collisions occur from speeding and losing control in a curve or in a situation of unpredictable vehicle behaviour.
- Scan your course of travel 12 to 15 seconds ahead so you can identify and avoid potential hazards. Predict what you might do if a dangerous situation presents itself. This gives you time to prepare for a safe outcome. You can also practice evasive maneuvers under supervision in secluded areas to develop instinctive reactions.
- Remain alert, keep hydrated and pace yourself. Your riding ability is directly related to your physical and mental state. Also, always look twice before advancing through intersections.
- Limit the distance of your trip. A distance of 300 to 500 km/day will let you enjoy the trip and stop for much needed breaks.
By following these simple rules you can enjoy the fun of riding a motorcycle and the beginning of a new season while still staying safe. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our motorcycle accident lawyer now. We have helped Toronto motorcycle accident victims recover millions.
Source: Canada Safety Council