Motorcycles have the same rights on the road as any other motor vehicle. Although many licensed motorcycle drivers are aware of common motorcycle safety tips, it is important that everyone on the road is aware of these uncommonly known motorcycle truths.
- Riding a motorcycle is much more tiring than driving a car. A motorcycle requires a lot more balance, muscle control and movement from the driver. Riding a motorcycle can be more strenuous on the body due to these factors that result in a driver getting more tired faster.
- A motorcycle helmet that meets the Federal Safety Standard is your best protection from head injury if a crash occurs. In many cases, the temperature inside a motorcycle helmet doesn’t rise more than a degree or two above body temperature. A motorcycle helmet should fit snuggly, and should not be easily removed by lifting it off from the back of the head. In fact, the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes is head injuries.
- Motorcycles are more difficult to see and their speed is more difficult to judge than automobiles’. Motorcycles take up less space on the road and can often get blocked from another driver’s vision on the road. The speed of a motorcycle is difficult to determine as their movement is unlike that of a car. A person driving a car cannot easily determine the speed of a motorcycle they see. This can hinder the decision a driver may make to either pass or follow a motorcycle.
- All states require a motorcycle license or a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license to operate a motorcycle on the highway. As noted above, the driving skill required for a car differs from a motorcycle. A person who is skillful at driving a car is not necessarily going to be skillful at driving a motorcycle.
As a driver on the road, it is important to be knowledgeable of these facts to be more aware and smart on the road. If you or your loved ones have been involved in a motorcycle accident or have questions about motorcycle safety, please do not hesitate to contact us or call us at 800-676-5295.