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Easy Ride: 3 Tips That Will Help You Avoid Accidents

You just bought your first motorcycle and you're ready to hit the roads. While you're learning to ride your motorcycle, it's important that you take some extra precautions to avoid accidents. Here are three tips that will help you stay safe on your bike.

Take Turns Cautiously

The first trick to motorcycle safety is knowing what's in the road ahead of you. Unfortunately, that can be difficult to do when you're taking a tight corner. Corners can present dangers – such as gravel and other debris – that you can't see until it's too late. Once your motorcycle hits a patch of gravel on the road, you may not be able to recover quickly enough to avoid an accident. That's where slow in and fast out comes in handy. While you're learning to ride your motorcycle, enter the curves slowly. Once you can see what's ahead, you can speed up to leave the curve.

Assume That Drivers Can't See You

You can see the cars around you on the road, but that doesn't mean they can see you. One of the easiest ways to avoid accidents is to assume that other drivers can't see you. This is particularly important when it comes to left turns. As your approaching an intersection, pay attention to the cars that are in the left turn lane. They're going to be looking for a space between cars so they can turn. Once they see an opportunity, they may take it and not even see you coming.

A simple way to avoid left turn accidents is to read the car, not the driver. Slow down and watch the tires of the car. As soon as the driver starts accelerating, you'll see the tires move. That will be your signal to take evasive action to avoid an accident.

Know what's Coming up Behind

In addition to being aware of the cars in front of you, you also need to be aware of what's coming up from behind. Red lights can be particularly dangerous places for a motorcycle rider. If you're approaching a red light and there is already one car stopped in front of you, move your motorcycle to the front of the line. This will prevent you from being hit from behind and being crushed between two vehicles. It's important to note that you should only move to the front of the line if it's safe to do so.

Motorcycles are an enjoyable way to travel. However, there can be hidden dangers associated with the practice. If you do become a victim of a motorcycle accident, you should contact an attorney, like Scherline And Associates, as soon as possible.