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How to keep safe as a motorcycle rider

Motorcycling is an efficient and exciting form of transport that can be used for both practical and recreational uses. Although all motorcyclists have to go through very high level of tests and safety procedures before being able to legally ride a motorcycle, there are still dangers that all riders need to be aware of to prevent crashes. As a motorcyclist, it is important to be always aiming to improve on safety standards. The following are some tips on how to keep safe as a motorcyclist on the road.

Choose a bike that won't overwhelm you

Large and powerful bikes are impressive, but you don't need a huge bike to gain considerable speeds. Although you might be inclined to buy the biggest bike on the market, it is important to remind yourself that you need a bike that you are comfortable with rather than impressed by. It needs to fit you right, and you should be comfortable handling it.

Never forget your helmet

Some riders don't believe in wearing a helmet, and it is a controversial topic for many. However the facts are clear: Motorcyclists are 40 percent more likely to die due to a head injury when they are not wearing a helmet. The Department of Transport recommends a full-face helmet as the best form of head protection.

Avoid bad weather

Weather can be the difference between a safe road and a fatal one. When driving on winding mountain roads especially, it's important to avoid driving in weather hazards.

It's your responsibility to be safe as a motorcyclist. However there are occasionally conditions that are beyond your control, such as the negligence of other drivers. It's important to be aware of your rights in the event of an accident.

Source: Consumer Reports, "10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders," accessed Nov. 17, 2017

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