Owning a bike has so many advantages! For starters, it helps commute faster and with ease. And, in a country like India with unending traffic and narrow city lanes, this can be such a blessing. Secondly, riding a bike gives a certain sense of thrill and excitement that, let’s admit – isn’t as exciting as driving a car or other vehicles. And not to forget, a bike can be the perfect companion as you set out on adventures and explore new places.
But owning a bike comes with its own set of responsibilities. There is an undeniable risk involved with riding bikes. Hence, you must adhere to and follow all safety tips when doing so. This not only ensures your safety (which is of utmost importance) but also leads to smooth and breezy adventures on your motorcycle.
Let’s take a look at some of these safety tips that will help you stay protected at all times on your two-wheeler:
Wear Your Helmet
This goes without saying. Your helmet is crucial for your road safety. While you may ride responsibly following all rules, unfortunate accidents can occur at any time. A helmet is especially essential because bikes are the kind of vehicles that tend to offer lesser protection compared to others. In India, helmets are mandatory not only for riders but for pillion riders too. Often seen in most road accidents, helmets help save lives and even minimize injuries. So, make sure you invest in a good helmet that offers complete protection to your entire face and jaw.
Obey Traffic Rules
Another safety tip that goes without saying is to follow traffic rules. In fact, traffic rules for two-wheeler are established to warrant the safety of bikers and prevent road accidents. Riders that obey all road rules prevent unfortunate accidents from taking place and keep themselves protected.
Do Not Over Speed
Another common mistake most bikers make is to go over speed. Yes, bike rides have a certain kind of thrill to them, but you must remember to not get carried away. Most road accidents that involve two-wheelers are a result of reckless riding and overspeeding. Obey the speed limit at all times for not only your safety but also for those around you.
Ride Sober And Ride Alert
Drinking and driving are prohibited by law, and rightly so. Riding a bike requires adequate attention, vigilance, and alertness on the driver’s part – which can be compromised under the influence of alcohol. Moreover, you must absolutely avoid riding a bike if you feel tired and sleepy. Riding in a drowsy state of mind can be risky and cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Always make certain you are well-rested, alert, and focused when setting out on your motorbike.
Avoid Mobile Phone Usage
A common mistake unfortunately made by too many. You must strictly avoid the use of mobile phones while riding. A short glance at your phone, even for mere seconds, takes your attention away from the road, leading to a road accident that could have entirely been avoided. Do not listen to music too when riding as it can be distracting. Stay vigil at all times and be aware of the surrounding traffic on the road.
Consider The Weather
Harsh weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, strong winds, and fogs can also prove dangerous while riding. The best advice would be to avoid riding in extreme and unpredictable climates to prevent any mishaps from occurring. But if you must venture out, then try and do so within the speed limit and with careful concentration.
Wear The Right Gear
If you take bike rides often (especially long-distance ones), you must also consider investing in other Bike safety gears and accessories. These include leather clothing, elbow guards, gloves, and riding boots. These protect your body from severe injuries and equip you with the perfect grip and padding for long road trips. Additionally, you can add reflective bands to your helmet or on the sides and back of your bike to increase your visibility to others on the road.
Maintain Your Bike
And lastly, do not leave bike maintenance out of the picture. A well-maintained, regularly serviced bike will ensure the smoothest rides at all times. Before hitting the road, take a few minutes out and check for the following-
- Are your horns and breaks functioning as they should be?
- Are there any cracks in your tires or signs of wear and tear?
- Are your headlights, taillights, and signals working fine?
By following the above safety tips, we believe you’re all set to experience some of the most joyful rides on your motorbike without any accidents. After all, a little vigilance, adherence to traffic rules, and safety checks will go a long way in ensuring your safety and well-being as well as of others on the road. Plus, it guarantees safe adventures and thrills that you can cherish for a long, long time ahead. Here’s to happy, safe, and adventurous bike rides!