The road is meant to be a shared space, but people often tend to forget that. Motorcyclists get frustrated with drivers, drivers with motorcyclists. Motorcyclists tend to take on a greater risk when hitting the pavement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are eight times more likely to be injured in a crash per mile traveled.
Despite those startling numbers, it’s been concluded that motorcycle accidents are very predictable. There is a small group of causes and contributing factors that they can be attributed to, and there are steps motorcyclists can take to avoiding those things.
One of the most important things to remember when riding is to give yourself time to respond. You could be a highly experienced motorcyclist, but you still cannot predict what drivers around you may do. It is vital that you always have a significant amount of response time in case you need to make quick maneuvers. Remember, the faster your speed, the more reaction time you need to give yourself. Also, over-correcting in steering can be more detrimental the higher your speed.
A motorcycle does respond faster to your actions than a car, but do not let that effect your decisions about response time. Also, remember that when carrying a passenger, your motorcycle will not respond as quickly as normal.
Giving yourself enough time to respond will surely reduce your likelihood of being in an accident, and it is important to keep this in mind when going out for a cruise.